The Grand Canyon Reader Award is a reader award program for students in Arizona.
Students vote annually on their favorite book in the following categories: Picture Books, Non-Fiction, Tween Non-Fiction, Intermediate, Tween, and Teen.
The Tween Non-Fiction category was added in 2018.
Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII
by P. O'Connell Pearson
Published in 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
In the tradition of Hidden Figures, debut author Patricia Pearson offers a beautifully written account of the remarkable but often forgotten group of female fighter pilots who answered their country's call in its time of need during World War II.
2020 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Tween Non-Fiction
Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances
by Leland Melvin
Published in 2017 by Amistad Press
A memoir by the former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver traces his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, examining the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that create opportunities for success.
2019 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Tween Non-Fiction
Human Body Theater
by Maris Wicks
Published in 2015 by Roaring Brook Press
Welcome to the Human Body Theater, where your master of ceremonies is going to lead you through a theatrical revue of each and every biological system of the human body! Starting out as a skeleton, the MC puts on a new layer of her costume (her body) with each "act." By turns goofy and intensely informative, the Human Body Theater is always accessible and always entertaining.
2018 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Tween Non-Fiction