Our #SolutionaryStories Book Picks
Each year, we feature a curated group of new, traditionally published nonfiction children's books about solutionaries helping people, animals & the planet. We prioritize inclusive books on diverse subjects & by diverse creators. See the bottom of this page for our specific Book Picks criteria.
(Starting in 2020, we post our "Top 40 Solutionary Stories" at the end of each year. The 19 books in 2019 were part of a diverse nonfiction kidlit promo group, and we're preserving those book picks and blog posts on this website.)
Our Top 40 Solutionary Stories from 2020...
We started with a small group of 19 wonderful books in 2019...
Our #SolutionaryStories Book Picks Criteria
There is no single definition of what constitutes a "diverse book" or even "nonfiction." However, we strive in good faith to choose high-quality, well-vetted and -researched books that encompass both of these themes.
Thus, we prioritize these criteria for our book picks:
Traditionally published (trade) illustrated nonfiction children's books. We use this broad definition of "nonfiction" (quoted in Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep from Englert & Hiebert): "expository nonfiction/informational writing, narrative nonfiction, memoir, graphic/comics nonfiction, fact-based poetry, and fact-based pseudo-narratives."
Diverse subjects, authors and/or illustrators. We use the We Need Diverse Books definition of diversity: including (but not limited to) BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
Topics that inspire kids to help people, animals & the planet. While most are about specific people (whom we call solutionaries), some are about more general topics that inspire kids to be solutionaries, solving problems in the world.
We don't feature every single book that meets these criteria, but we hope to spotlight a great collection for folks to engage in and jump off from. Rather than formal reviews, our website/blog simply highlights books we recommend.