Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: A Year in Review

It has been a weird year! I feel like I have been saying something like this for the past several years but the last few years truly have been...well just different. However, as I reviewed the list of nonfiction books I read in 2017, I was heartened to see how many I was actually able to find and read. From that perspective, it has been a good year, and for that I will celebrate.

Over the course of 2017, I have created 52 nonfiction picture book challenge posts. Despite crazy schedules, I have managed to stay dedicated to posting weekly. It is a commitment that is important to me. When I went to GoodReads to review what I read, I realized that I have read over 150 nonfiction books this year. Most of the titles were books released in 2017 with about 40 or so being from 2016 and earlier. And despite all my efforts, I still have a stack of about a dozen titles that I want to read before the year is out. 

To make things a bit easier for you, I have created a collection of links to posts that you might be interested in...

New releases:
January | February | March | April | June | August | September & October

Best Of:
NSTA Outstanding Trade Books 2017 | Orbis Pictus Winners | 2018 AAAS Subaru SB&F Longlist | 2018 AAAS Subaru SB&F Finalists

Mock Sibert Related Posts:
Mock Sibert Info Post | Mock Sibert Early Thoughts | Mock Sibert Part I

As I thought of doing my own personal best of list, I have been mulling over titles. It is so hard to narrow down books. I have read and enjoyed so many of them. In addition to my Mock Sibert Picks, I pondered over some other favorites. Finally, after much consideration, I narrowed it down to five picture books and five longer form books. 

Here are my choices in no particular order...


Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick, Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno (Balzer & Bray)


Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton (Viking Books for Young Children)


Vincent Can't Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by Mary Grand Pré (Alfred A. Knopf)


What Makes a Monster? Discovering the World's Scariest Creatures by Jess Keating, Illustrations by David DeGrand (Alfred A. Knopf)


Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! by Laurie Ann Thompson and Ammi-Joan Paquette (Walden Pond Press)


Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines by Sarah Albee (Crown Books for Young Readers)


Life on Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island by Loree Griffin Burns (HMH Books for Young Readers)


Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman (Henry Holt and Co.)

Look for these books at your indie bookstore or public library. 

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

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