Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

About the Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
An award for the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year.

Administered by:

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2018 Winner(s)

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

Written by Deborah Heiligman and published by Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

“Vincent and Theo” depicts the interdependence of the two Dutch brothers, from their childhood in an austere nineteenth century Dutch parsonage to the Parisian fin de siècle demimonde, as Theo champions and pragmatically supports his brother as he battles the demons of both mental illness and familial expectations.

“Heiligman builds on the brothers’ lifelong correspondence, punctuating Theo’s critical role in Vincent’s creative output and drawing new inferences about biographical insight for Vincent’s paintings,” said YALSA Nonfiction Award Chair, Wendy Stephens.


2018 Finalist(s)

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

Written by Dashka Slater and published by Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism

Written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos and published by Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

Edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy and published by Annick Press

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

Written by Martin W. Sandler, and published by Candlewick Press