Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Follow Up to Nonfiction Page Requirements

Last week, I shared my personal thoughts on teachers assigning nonfiction books of a particular length for book reports. You can read it here. Often times those arbitrary page numbers do not take into consideration the actual length of children's nonfiction books and the difference in reading nonfiction compared to fiction. So, if you are facing a teacher who is still assigning nonfiction texts of 150 pages to 3rd graders, share out the suggestions in this post for 3rd to 5th graders.

Picture Books:
Don't underestimate the power of a picture book. Picture book biographies can introduce students to different individuals or help children pique their curiosity to learn more about someone.

Teachers can also have children compare and contrast several books on the same individual in order to see how the author develops an aspect of the person's life or what each author highlights. 

National Geographic & Simon Spotlight Readers:
Nonfiction early readers from Simon Spotlight and National Geographic Kids are some of my favorites. Though there may only be 48 pages, many are written at a third grade level of higher. 

Graphic Novels:
Don't ignore the great nonfiction being published in a graphic novel format. I have particularly enjoyed the nonfiction graphic novels coming from First Second/Macmillan. The new Science Comics series has about six books out and more are expected. 

Another option with slightly longer nonfiction picture books is to pair two books on similar topics. This provides readers with more than one source of information and perspective on a topic. For example, I blogged about marine pollution here using the titles below. You can also bring in videos and other resources to help children learn more about a topic. 

Other thoughts about books:
In 2014, I did a series on Building a Nonfiction Classroom Library with a focus on picture books that would work for a variety of reading levels. Here are the links to the five posts with more than a 100+ titles:
Building a Classroom Library | Animals | Biographies | Creepy Crawlies | Marine Life

And finally, check out this post each week and the bloggers who link up to discover dozens of new titles every week. 

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen @2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen @2017

Don't forget to link up your nonfiction reviews...

#Road2Reading Challenge: Wallace and Grace - A Read & Bloom Book

Bloomsbury Publishers are about to release the third pair of books in their Read & Bloom series for beginning readers. 

"The Read & Bloom line offers high interest, character driven stories for newly independent readers that feature full-color illustrations throughout and will transition kids from leveled readers to a lifetime of reading." 

Wallace and Grace
by Heather Alexander: Illustrated by Laura Zarrin (Bloomsbury, May 2017)
Audience: Ages 5 to 7
Fiction * Mystery * Early Chapter Book
Indiebound | WorldCat

Description from Publisher
In this charming series, perfect for newly independent readers, kids will be treated to simple whodunit mysteries as an utterly delightful owl duo put their heads together. In their first adventure, Wallace and Grace meet a rabbit who is sure he saw a ghost! But the clues lead them in a different direction. Something is spooking the garden . . . can Wallace and Grace solve this case? 

Quick thoughts about this series:

Wallace and Grace are nighttime detectives and in this first book in the series, they are in search of a ghost. In particular, to get rid of a ghost that their rabbit friend, Edgar, has spotted. 

Wallace and Grace demonstrate collaboration and critical thinking as they go about solving the mystery. The story is told over four chapters with large print, colorful illustrations, humor, and just enough white space to make it easier to read for young readers. A fun read for beginning sleuths. 

Check out the other books in the series. In March, Stinky Spike was released. 

Back in January, Agnes and Clarabelle made their debut. 

Look for all of these at your local indie bookstore or community library. 

Don't forget to link up your reviews...