The Dogwood Titles 

The Dogwood Titles:

The Dogwood Titles are the top nonfiction books, K-12,  rated by Missouri librarians every year! Want to recommend a great nonfiction title?  Let us know - at the bottom of this page! Enjoy!

2022 K-2 Dogwood Titles:

Title Author(s) Illustrator(s)

A Journey Under the Sea Craig Foster & Ross Frylinck     

Am I a Frog? Lizzy Rockwell     Lizzy Rockwell

Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond     Daniel Minter

Sea and as Wide as the Sky

Brains On! Presents...Earth Friend Forever Molly Bloom, Marc Sanchez &     Mike Orodan

Sanden Trotten

Building an Orchestra of Hope: How Favio Carmen Oliver   Luisa Uribe

Chavez Taught Children to Make Music from 


Caves Nell Cross-Beckerman   Kalen Chock

Cher Ami: Based on the WWI Legend of the Melisande Potter   Giselle Potter 

Fearless Pigeon

Courage Like Kate: The True Story of the Girl Anna Crowley Redding Emily Sutton

Lighthouse Keeper

H is for Harlem Dinah Johnson April Harrison

Harvest Days: Giving Thanks Around the World Kate DePalma Martina Peluso

Her Name was Mary Katharine: The Story of the Ella Schwartz Dow Phumiruk

Only Woman Whose Name Appears on the 

Declaration of Independence

If the World Were 100 Animals: A Visual Guide Miranda Smith Aaron Cushley

to Earth's Amazing Creatures

Just Help! How to Build a Better World Sonia Sotomayor Angela Dominguez

Make Way for Animals! A World of Wildlife Meeg Pincus Bao Luu


One Million Trees: A True Story Kristen Balouch Kristen Balouch

Our World is a Family: Our Community Can Miry Whitehill &                               Nomar Perez

Change the World Jennifer Jackson

Stand Up! 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change Brittney Cooper         Cathy Ann Johnson

The Girl Who Built an Ocean: An Artist, an Jess Keating Michelle Mee Nutter

Argonaut, and the True Story of the World's


The Story of a Butterfly: Learn About the Life Maragaret Rose Reed Manu Montoya

Cycle and Habitat of the Painted Lady

Whose Bones are Those? Chihiro Takeuchi.   Chihiro Takeuchi

2022 3-5 Dogwood Titles

Title Author(s) Illustrator(s)

A Curious Collection of Wild Companions: An Sami Bayly

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Inseparable Species

(Curious Collection of Creatures Series)     

Baseball Around the World: How the World Chris Singleton & Dean Burrell

Plays the Game

Blast Off: How Mary Sherman Morgan Fueled Suzanne Slade   Sally W. Comport

America into Space

Can You Survive Hair-Raising Mountain Matt Doeden


(You Choose: Wild Encounters Series)

Crash from Outer Space: Unraveling the Candace Fleming

Mystery of Flying Saucers, Alien Beings, & 


Dazzlin' Dolly: The Songwriting, Hit-Singing, Suzanne Slade Edwin Fotheringham

Guitar-Picking Dolly Parton

Dear Vampire Nancy Kelly Allen John Babcock

Good Night to Your Fantastic Elastic Brain JoAnn Deak & Terrence Deak Neely Daggett

Jack Knight's Brave Flight: How One Gutsy Jill Esbaum Stacy Innerst

Pilot Save the U.S. Air Mail Service

Life in Hot Water: Wildlife at the Bottom Mary Batten Thomas Gonzalez

of the Ocean

Packing for Mars Mary Roach

Road Trip! Camping with the Four Vagabonds: Claudia Friddell Jeremy Holmes

Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, 

& John Burroughs

Secret World of Plants: Tales of More than 100 Ben Hoare

Remarkable Flowers, Trees, & Seeds

Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Elizabeth Partridge Lauren Tamaki

Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal 

about the Japanese Incarceration

Sensational Senses: Amazing Ways Animals Rebecca E. Hirsch

Perceive the World

Starring Steven Spielberg: The Making of a Gene Barretta Craig Orback

Young Filmmaker

The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Tiffany Jewell Nicole Miles

Justice, & Activism

The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers: A Tour of Rachel Poliquin Clayton Hanmer

Your Useless Parts, Flaws, and Other Weird Bits

To the Front! Clara Barton Braves the Battle Claudia Friddell Christopher Cyr 

of Antietam

Totally Random Facts Vol. 1: 3,128 Wild, Wacky, Melina Gerosa Bellows

and Wondrous Things About the World

2022 6-8 Dogwood Titles

Title Author(s) Illustrator(s)

Alias Anna: A True Story of Outwitting Susan Hood & Greg Dawson 

the Nazis     

American Murderer: The Parasite that Gail Jarrow

Haunted the South

(Medical Fiascoes series)

Animated Science: Rocks & Minerals John Farndon Shiho Pate

Buildings that Breathe: Greening the Nancy Castaldo

World's Cities

Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Yohuru Williams & Michael G. Long

Black Freedom Fighter

Close-Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Mary Cronk Farrell

Photojournalist Catherine Leroy in Vietnam

Fashionopolis (Young Readers Edition) Dana Thomas

The Secrets Behind Clothes We Wear

Fresh Air, Clean Water: Our Right to a Healthy Megan Celendenan Julie McLaughlin

Environment (Orca Think Series)

Girls Who Green the World: Thirty-Four Rebel Diana Kapp Ana Jaren

Women Out to Save Our Planet

I Will Protect You: A True Story of Twins Who Eva M. Kor (w/ Danica Davidson)

Survived Auschwitz

Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First Andrew Maraniss 

US Women's Olympic Basketball Team

Maybe an Artist, A Graphic Memoir Liz Montague

Muhammad Najem: War Reporter: How One Boy Muhammad Najem & Nora Neua Julie Robine (artist)

Put a Spotlight on Syria

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Candacy Taylor

Roots of Black Travel in America 

(Young Readers Adaption)

Peace is a Chain Reaction: How WWII Japanese Tanya Lee Stone

Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations


The Race of the Century: The Battle to Break Neal Bascomb

the Four-Minute Mile

The Woman Who Split the Atom: The Life of Marissa Moss

Lise Meitner

Unlawful Orders: A Portrait of Dr. James B. Barbara Binns

Williams, Tuskegee Airman, Surgeon, & Activists

Urgent Message for a Hot Planet: Navigating the Ann Eriksson Belle Wuthrich

Climate Crisis (Orca Issues Series)

Where Have all the Birds Gone? Nature in Crisis Rebecca Hirsch

2022 9-12 Dogwood Titles

Title Author(s) Illustrator(s)

Abuela, Don't Forget Me Rex Ogle

Ain't Burned All the Bright Jason Reynolds Jason Griffin

Better Than We Found It: Conversations to Fredrick Joseph & Porsche

Help Save the World Joseph

Bone Deep: Untangling the Betsy Faria Murder Charles Bosworth Jr. &

Case Joel J. Schwartz

Cramm this Book: So You Know WTF is Going on Olivia Seltzer

in this World Today

Hanged!: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Sarah Miller

Assassinate Abraham Lincoln

Hometown Victory: A Coach's Story of Football, Keanon Lowe (w/ Justin Spizman)

Fate, & Coming Home

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese Laura Gao Laura Gao


Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Candace Fleming

Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime

Numb to This: Memoir of a Mass Shooting Kindra Neely

Opening My Eyes Underwater: Essays of Hope, Ashley Woodfolk 

Humanity, and our Hero, Michelle Obama

Rising Troublemaker: Fear-Fighting Manual for Luvvie Ajayi Jones


Science and the Skeptic: Discerning Fact from Marc Zimmer


Semi-Famous: A True Story of a Near Celebrity Josh Sundquist

The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son, and David J. Dennis Jr. &

the Legacy of a Freedom Ride David J. Dennis Sr.

Token Black Girl: A Memoir Danielle Prescod

Unequal: A Story of America Michael Eric Dyson & Marc Favreau

We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Simu Liu

Origin Story

What's the T? The Guide to All Things Trans Juno Sawson

and/or Nonbinary

You are More Than Magic: The Black and Brown Minda Harts

Girl's Guide to Finding Your Voice