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December 12, 2017

Jason Chin Named Winner of the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction for GRAND CANYON

Posted by Rebecca M

Each year, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) presents several awards to recognize outstanding books written for all age levels. Earlier this month at a book awards luncheon held during their 107th Annual Convention, they announced the winners of the 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children and the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction for Children.

Jason Chin was named winner of the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award for his book GRAND CANYON (Roaring Brook Press), an illuminating look at one of the planet’s most fascinating features. The Orbis Pictus Award, established in 1989, is the oldest children's book award for nonfiction and it pays homage to John Amos Comenius’s Orbis Sensualium Pictus, a text from 1658 that broke new ground as the first children’s nonfiction book in to use both words and illustrations to share information. Each year, the committee selects a winner, up to five honor books, and recommended titles ideal for classroom use from K-8. 

“John Amos Comenius’s work did not end in the 17th century,” says Mary Ann Cappiello, chair of the Orbis Pictus selection committee.  “Annually, the Orbis Pictus Award reminds us that the act of finding out is a worthwhile endeavor. We must model the search for robust source materials, the examination of multiple perspectives, and the joy of sharing information through words and images. Our work has never been more important.”

Honor and Recommended Books in each category were also announced at the awards luncheon, where the 2017 winners (Jason Reynolds and Melissa Sweet) delivered keynotes. Dan Santat and Jason Chin are invited to speak at next year’s Annual Convention. You can see photos of the event below.

To learn more about eligibility and criteria for the Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction for Children, click here.

NCTE is the nation's most comprehensive literacy organization, supporting teachers across the preK–college spectrum. Through the expertise of its members, NCTE has served at the forefront of every major improvement in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts since 1911.

Every seat was filled for the 2017 Children’s Book Award Luncheon and at each place setting attendees found a copy of a book by an author who joined them at their table. The event featured speeches from each of the 2017 winners for the Poetry, Charlotte Huck, and Orbis Pictus awards.












Lulu Delacre accepts a 2017 Orbis Pictus honor for ¡OLINGUITO, DE LA A A LA Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado / OLINGUITO, FROM A TO Z: Unveiling the Cloud Forest. The award was presented by Cyndi Giorgis.












Melissa Sweet accepts the 2017 Orbis Pictus Award for SOME WRITER! The Story of E.B. White. In her acceptance speech Sweet spoke of the inquiry process that inspired each page and the many decisions that shaped a story informed as much by E.B. White’s words as her own. Cyndi Giorgis, chair of the 2016 selection committee, presented Sweet with her award.












Mary Ann Cappiello announces the 2018 winner of the Orbis Pictus Award: GRAND CANYON by Jason Chin. In her remarks Cappiello explained that “strong science and stunning visuals make GRAND CANYON a masterpiece!”