YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Awarded annually in the U.S. by the Young Adult Library Services Association for the best non-fiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18).

60 items

Title Overview Format & Publisher Call Number
All Thirteen
The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team
Book - 2020 Candlewick Press 796.525 SO63
How We Got to the Moon
The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure
Book - 2020 Crown Books for Young Readers 629.454 R581
The Cat I Never Named
A True Story of Love, War, and Survival
Book - 2020 Bloomsbury Children's Books 949.703 SA13
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh Book - 2020 Schwartz & Wade Books B L64F
You Call This Democracy?
How to Fix Our Government and Deliver Power to the People
Book - 2020 Houghton Mifflin Company 320.973 R893
A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust Book
A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II Book
Free Lunch Book - 2019 W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. B OG52
The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance Book
The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"
Book - 2019 Godwin Books, Henry Holt and Company 940.54293 H363
Boots on the Ground
America's War in Vietnam
Book - 2018 Viking, published by Penguin Group 959.704 P258
Hey, Kiddo Graphic Novel - 2018 Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic B K928
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor Book - 2018 Delacorte Press B SO78BE
The Faithful Spy
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler
Book - 2018 Amulet Books B B6416H
The Unwanted
Stories of the Syrian Refugees
Graphic Novel - 2018 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 956.9104 B812
Eyes of the World
Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism
Book - 2017 Henry Holt and Company 770 AR67
Voices of Native American Women
Book - 2017 Annick Press Ltd. 970.00497 N849
The 57 Bus
A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
Book - 2017 Farrar Straus Giroux 364.1555 SL15
The Whydah
A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found
Book - 2017 Candlewick Press 910.45 SA562
Vincent and Theo
The Van Gogh Brothers
Book - 2017 Godwin Books Henry Holt and Company 759.9492 H363
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History Book
In the Shadow of Liberty
The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
Book - 2016 Henry Holt and Company 306.362 D294
March (2013), Book Three eBook - 2017
Samurai Rising
The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune
Book - 2016 Charlesbridge B M66
This Land Is Our Land
The History of American Immigration
Book - 2016 Abrams Books for Young Readers 325.73 OS1
Enchanted Air
Two Cultures, Two Wings : A Memoir
Book - 2015 Atheneum Books for Young Readers B EN35
First Flight Around the World
The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race
eBook - 2015
Most Dangerous
Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
Book - 2015 Roaring Brook Press 959.7043 SH42
Symphony for the City of the Dead
Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
eBook - 2015
This Strange Wilderness Book
Ida M. Tarbell
The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won!
eBook - 2014
Laughing at My Nightmare eBook - 2014
Vintage Wisdom for A Modern Geek : A Memoir
Book - 2014 Dutton B W122
The Port Chicago 50
Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
Book - 2014 Roaring Brook Press 940.5453 SH42
The Family Romanov
Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia
Book - 2014 Schwartz & Wade Books 947.083 F629A
Courage Has No Color
The True Story of the Triple Nickles : America's First Black Paratroopers
Book - 2013 Candlewick Press 940.5412 ST72
A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
Book - 2013 Workman Publishing 740 K537
The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II
Book - 2013 Walker Books For Young Readers 940.5317 SA56
The Nazi Hunters
How A Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Book - 2013 Arthur A. Levine Books 940.5318 B29
"The President Has Been Shot!"
The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Book - 2013 Scholastic Press 973.922 SW24
The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Book - 2012 Roaring Brook Press 623.45119 SH42
A Year on the Wind With the Great Survivor B95
Book - 2012 Farrar Straus Giroux 598.07234 H769
Steve Jobs, the Man Who Thought Different Book - 2012 Feiwel and Friends B J579BL
Voices From the Disaster
Book - 2012 Scholastic Press 910.91634 H777
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March Book
Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
Book - 2011 Roaring Brook Press 363.41 B627
Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein Book
Sugar Changed the World
A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science
Book - 2010 Clarion Books 664.109 AR67
The Notorious Benedict Arnold
A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery
Book - 2010 Roaring Brook Press B AR64SH
Wheels of Change
How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with A Few Flat Tires Along the Way)
Book - 2011 National Geographic 796.6082 M259
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