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 SOONT
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 ROCCO
The Cat I Never Named
A True Story of Love, War, and Survival
Book - 2020 Bloomsbury 949.703092 SABIC
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh Book - 2020 Schwartz & Wade Books 629.13092 FLEMI-F
You Call This Democracy?: How to Fix Our Democracy and Deliver Power to the People Book
A Light in the Darkness
Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust
Book - 2019 Alfred A. Knopf 940.5318 KORCZ-M
A Thousand Sisters
The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II
Book - 2019 Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 940.544947 WEIN
Free Lunch Book - 2019 Norton Young Readers, an imprint of W. W. Norton & Company 362.7092 OGLE
The Great Nijinsky
God of Dance
Book - 2019 Charlesbridge Teen 792.8092 NIJIN-C
The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"
Book - 2019 Godwin Books, Henry Holt and Company 940.54293 HEILI
Boots on the Ground
America's War in Vietnam
Book - 2018 Viking 959.7043 PARTR
Hey, Kiddo Book - 2018 Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic 362.2913092 KROSO
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor Book - 2018 Delacorte Press 347.7326 SOTOM
The Faithful Spy
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler
Book - 2018 Amulet Books 230.044 BONHO-H
The Unwanted
Stories of the Syrian Refugees
Book - 2018 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 325.21 BROWN
Eyes of the World
Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism
Book - 2017 Henry Holt and Company 070.490922 ARONS
Voices of Native American Women
Book - 2017 Annick Press 305.48897 NOTYO
The 57 Bus Book - 2017 Farrar Straus Giroux 364.1555 SLATE
The Whydah
A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found
Book - 2017 Candlewick Press 910.45 SANDL
Vincent and Theo
The Van Gogh Brothers
Book - 2017 Godwin Books Henry Holt and Company 759.9492 GOGH-H
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
Book Three
Book - 2016 Top Shelf Productions 328.73092 LEWIS
Samurai Rising
The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune
Book - 2016 Charlesbridge 952.01092 MINAM-T
This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration Book
Enchanted Air
Two Cultures, Two Wings : A Memoir
Book - 2015 Atheneum Books for Young Readers 811.54 ENGLE
First Flight Around the World
The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race
Book - 2015 Abrams Books for Young Readers 910.41 GROVE
Most Dangerous
Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
Book - 2015 Roaring Brook Press 959.7043092 ELLSB-S
Symphony for the City of the Dead
Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
Book - 2015 Candlewick Press 780.92 SHOST-A
This Strange Wilderness
The Life and Art of John James Audubon
Book - 2015 University of Nebraska Press 508.092 AUDUB-P
Ida M. Tarbell Book
Laughing at My Nightmare Book - 2014 Roaring Brook Press 617.482044092 BURCA
A Memoir : Vintage Wisdom for A Modern Geek
Book - 2014 Dutton 155.533 WAGEN
Port Chicago 50 Book
The Family Romanov
Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia
Book - 2014 Schwartz & Wade Books 947.0830922 FLEMI
Courage Has No Color Book
A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
Book - 2013 Workman Publishing 740 KIDD
Imprisoned Book
The Nazi Hunters
How A Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Book - 2013 Arthur A. Levine Books 364.151092 EICHM-B
"The President Has Been Shot"
The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Book - 2013 Scholastic Press 973.922 KENNE-S
The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Book - 2012 Roaring Brook Press 623.451 SHEIN
A Year on the Wind With the Great Survivor B95
Book - 2012 Farrar Straus Giroux 598.07234 HOOSE
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different Book
Voices From the Disaster
Book - 2012 Scholastic Press 910.916 HOPKI
We've Got A Job
The 1963 Birmingham Children's March
Book - 2012 Peachtree Publishers 323.11 LEVIN
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition Book
Music Was It
Young Leonard Bernstein
Book - 2011 Charlesbridge 780.92 BERNS-R
Sugar Changed the World
A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science
Book - 2010 Clarion Books 664.109 ARONS
The Notorious Benedict Arnold
A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery
Book - 2010 Roaring Brook Press 973.382 ARNOL-S
Wheels of Change
How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with A Few Flat Tires Along the Way)
Book - 2011 National Geographic 796.6 MACY
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