Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Dinosaurs, Spiders, and Bugs

Since I try to read as many new nonfiction picture books that I can find in a year, and since I also want to share as many books with readers of this blog, sometimes I try to share several books in a mini-review format. Today, I have three titles to share. 


Bugs From Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick; Illustrated by Kwanchai Moriya (Kids Can Press, October3, 2017) 


Roderick has written a couple of nonfiction picture books in this series of Head to Tail format ( Ocean Animals From Head to Tail and Dinosaurs From Head to Tail).  I enjoy the question and answer format that Roderick uses to communicate information through her text.


In BUGS FROM HEAD TO TAIL, readers see a portion of the bug revealed on the page and a question that leads into making a prediction followed by an informative response. This style is particularly good for young readers and can also be used as a mentor text for writing.


Pinocchio Rex and Other Tyrannosaurs (Let's Read and Find Out Level 2) by Melissa Stewart & Steve Brusatte; Illustrated by Julius Csotonyi (HarperCollins, November 7, 2017) - This book was probably my favorite of the three titles this week and I hope to follow this up with a longer post and interior spreads. So, I won't say a lot about it now other than look for it to come out next week. 


Spiders! Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle; Illustrated by Meryl Henderson (Boyds Mills Press, October 10, 2017)


Pringle has a number of books in the Strange and Wonderful Series. For additional titles information, click here.  Spiders! Strange and Wonderful provides information about spiders with illustrations and smaller illustrations with labels that introduce to readers details about the drawings. 


Younger readers may be more attracted to the drawings and labels and picking pieces of information out of the text. Older readers may read through the book in a more in depth way. Fans of spiders or those wanting to learn more about arachnids, will find lots of facts and details within the pages of this book. 

Look for all three books at your local bookstore or community library. 

Illustration by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Illustration by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

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