Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: More End of the Year Favorites

Today is the last Wednesday of 2018, and part of me is wondering if time is speeding up. I am feeling like I need more days or more hours in the day to complete everything. Last week, I shared 6 nonfiction picture book biographies that I really loved this past year. In this post, I am sharing a few more titles that have inspired me to teach.

Do you ever read a book and immediately want to start planning out a unit with the book playing a central role in the unit? I do realize that this is a very subjective list. Every year, I read 100+ nonfiction new releases and though I love many, there are only a few that jump out and shake me and say create a lesson or unit. Well, each of these books have inspired that enthusiasm within me. I have wanted to partner with other teachers and to start planning the unit and see how the implementation of the lesson(s) work with students.

Please remember that I may have loved many books this year, I have limited this book to five titles. Leaving out titles didn’t mean that they aren’t inspiring or important.

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Bugs Don’t Hug: Six-Legged Parents And Their Kids by Heather L. Montgomery, Illustrated by Stephen Stone (Charlesbridge Publishing) - This book made me want to time travel back to student teaching and re-do my insect unit. I have decided to use it for a unit I am working on creating for this summer.

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Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis (Peachtree Publishers) - This book has so many layers to it and I have wanted to use it as a part of a mini-unit with students and also show teachers how to work with the various layers.

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Cute As an Axolotl: Discovering the Worlds Most Adorable Animals by Jess Keating, Illustrated by David DeGrand (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers) - I have been wanting to do a lesson or series of lessons using Keating’s The World of Weird Animals series. I love it as a mentor text but I am eager to dive in and do some planning.

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Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth by Carrie A. Pearson, Illustrated by Susan Swan (Charlesbridge) - I have decided to play around with this book along with some others to create a unit to look at environments and habitats for a unit in March. I will report back.

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Terrific Tongues by Maria Gianferrari, Illustrated by Jia Liu (Boyds Mills Press) - I simply love this book and excited to see the way young kids will respond to the book. Similar to Pipsqueaks, I am looking to use this book in a mini-unit.

What books inspired you to go the next level and do something fantastic? Look for these books and others at your local indie bookstore or community library.

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Don’t forget to link up your nonfiction reviews…