NCTE Celebrates 2023 Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Award Winners

Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond and Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz, the 2023 Orbis Pictus and Charlotte Huck Award winners, will be honored at the NCTE annual conference.

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) will celebrate the winners of the 2023 Orbis Pictus and Charlotte Huck awards, which were previously announced, at its annual conference next week in Columbus, OH.

The Orbis Pictus Award was established in 1989 to recognize excellence in nonfiction for children. The 2023 winner is Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, illustrated by Daniel Minter.

The 2023 Orbis Honor Books are:

Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy, illustrated by Janelle Washington

Fighting for Yes! The Story of Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann by Maryann Cocca-Lefler, illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger

Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association by Fred Bowen, illustrated by James E. Ransome

Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal about the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge, illustrated by Lauren Tamaki

The Science of Light: Things That Shine, Flash, and Glow by Margaret Peot

The Charlotte Huck Award was established in 2014 to honor excellence in children’s fiction writing. The 2023 winner is Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz.

The 2023 Charlotte Huck Honor Titles are:

Love, Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild, illustrated by Charlene Chua

Zara’s Rules for Record-Breaking Fun by Hena Khan, illustrated by Wastana Haikal

My Brother Is Away by Sara Greenwood, illustrated by Luisa Uribe

The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton

Forever Cousins by Laurel Goodluck, illustrated by Jonathan Nelson

Ekua Brew-Hammond and Lorentz will speak at the Children's Book Awards Luncheon on Saturday, November 18, where NCTE will announce the 2024 winners.


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