Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge:

Recently, Jillian Heise (Heise Reads & Recommends) put out a survey question to her #Classroombookaday Facebook page asking members to share their "go-to authors and illustrators" when planning purchases for classroom read alouds. There were many fabulous authors and illustrators on the list but it also reminded me that generally we think about fiction picture books for read alouds over nonfiction. 

So, I am curious. What are your "go-to" nonfiction authors? Which books do you track down by particular nonfiction authors? 


I realized that my list is pretty long. How do you choose? If you have an unlimited budget then I guess you can just order them all. Though by the number of shelves of nonfiction in my home, some may think that I have an unlimited budget. Sadly, that is not true. 


If you are like most of us and don't have an unlimited budget, you can put library holds on individual books as soon as they pop up in the system. 

Though some nonfiction may not read quite like a narrative text, it is still important to balance out the sharing of fiction picture books with all of the fabulous nonfiction picture books out there. 


In the comments below, I would love to hear your favorites that are must buys or must reads? Also, I would love to hear how you incorporate nonfiction into your regular read alouds in the classroom. 

Finally, you may notice that I haven't listed all of my favorites or my go-to authors because honestly I have so many. However, it has sparked some ideas for future blog posts.  

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

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