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Eurekea Awards 2017

California Reading Association’s Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards

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      Before She Was Harriet

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      Honor Award
      An evocative poem and richly colored paintings celebrate the diverse accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, as revealed by her many names.

      Zoo Scientists to the Rescue

      by Patricia Newman

      Jan 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Gold Award
      Zoos take care of animals and welcome visitors of all ages, but they do so much more! Discover how scientists at three US zoos are helping wild and captive orangutans, black-footed ferrets, and black rhinoceroses.

      Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

      by Michael Mahin

      Oct 2017

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Gold Award
      This is a picture book celebration of the indomitable Muddy Waters, a blues musician whose fierce and electric sound laid the groundwork for what would become rock and roll. Author's note with photograph. Bibliography. Suggestions for further listening. Full-color illustrations rendered in watercolor, oil pastel, china marker, printing ink, and newspaper collage.

      Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

      by Andrea Loney

      Sep 2017

      Biography Elementary Plus

      Gold Award
      Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! tells the story of a groundbreaking artist who chronicled an important era in Harlem and showed the beauty and pride of its people. Afterword. Bibliography. Further reading. Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylic on canvas.

      The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World

      by Katie Smith Milway

      Jul 2017

      Sports Elementary Plus

      Honor Award
      Based on a true story, this inspiring tale shows how a desperate situation can be improved by finding common ground through play. Information about refugees and the real-life inspiration for the book's main character. Online resources and rules for sports and games. "What You Can Do." Full-color map and photographs. Full-color illustrations.

      Trudy’s Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and Took the World by Storm

      by Sue Macy

      Mar 2017

      Sports Elementary Plus

      Gold Award
      Trudy's Big Swim is the harrowing, captivating, and unforgettable story of a defining moment in sports history—and the courageous athlete who made it happen. Afterword. Bibliography. Source list. Full-color multi-media illustrations.
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