Going Nonfiction

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COVERS ABOVE: Iceberg, Right Ahead! The Tragedy of the Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson (TFCB) and Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead by Rebecca L. Johnson (Millbrook)
My colleague Carol Hinz, editorial director of Lerner’s Millbrook Press imprint, deserves the real credit for this post. The light bulb went off in her head last week when she was reviewing the list of 2013 Notable Children’s Books and started counting. Counting? Yes, Carol wondered how many of the Notable titles were works of nonfiction, and she discovered an awesome trend. I sat down this morning to do the trending math, and this is what I found: 2 out of the 30 titles in the Younger Readers category are nonfiction. Okay, not impressive, but look at this. In the Middle Readers category, more than half (15 out of 29 titles) are nonfiction, and in the Older Readers category, 6 out of the 14 are nonfiction. Could it be that the nonfiction focus of the Common Core State Standards are in the background here? And how about the four Notables for titles from the different imprints of Lerner Publishing Group (covers featured above and below)?  It’s all great news for us here at Lerner and for all the dedicated professionals in the publishing world of juvenile nonfiction.We are very excited and proud of these exceptional books and their creative teams!
Don’t forget to check in again in two weeks for more from TFCB!
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A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return by Zeina Abirached (Graphic Universe) and Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford with illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska (Carolrhoda Books)

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