Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Top Nonfiction Picks for the First Half of 2019

On Monday, I saw this tweet from @mrs_cmt1489 ….

… and decided that I would share my top choices from the first half of 2019.

After reviewing what I have read to date, here are some of the books that stand out.


Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me by Susan L. Roth (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, May 14, 2019)


Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound by Kathleen Cornell Berman, Illustrated by Keith Henry Brown (Page Street Kids, April 16, 2019)


The Crayon Man: the True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow, Illustrated by Steve Salerno (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 19, 2019)


The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Sarah Jacoby (Balzer & Bray, May 21, 2019)


The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Frank Morrison (Little Bee Books, January 8, 2019)


Seashells: More Than a Home by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen (Charlesbridge Publishing, April 2, 2019)


Trees: A Rooted History by Piotr Socha, Illustrated by Wojciech Grajkowski (Harry N. Abrams, April 9, 2019)


Two Brothers, Four Hands by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, April 23, 2019)


Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Verify, April 2, 2019)


Yogi: The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by Terry Widener (Calkins Creek, February 5, 2019)

I realized that this list currently includes a lot of biographies so I need to make sure that I work a bit harder to get my hands on science themed books. It will also be interesting to see which of these will make my Mock Sibert list later this year.

Look for these at your local bookstore or community library.


Don’t forget to link up your nonfiction reviews….