Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Readers and Chapter Books

This week’s nonfiction focus is on a new early reader series for second & third graders and a new nonfiction chapter book series for second to fourth graders.

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If You Love Video Games, You Could Be…
by Thea Feldman, Illustrated by Natalie Kwee
Simon Spotlight (May 7, 2019)

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For young readers interested in video games and animation, this book describes the careers of video game writer, video game animator, and video game programmer. Additional video game jobs/careers are included at the end of the book. The glossary at the beginning defines key terms used in the book.

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If You Love Dolphins, You Could Be…
by Thea Feldman, Illustrated by Natalie Kwee
Simon Spotlight (May 7, 2019)

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In this book, readers learn about aquatic veterinarians and marine biologists and underwater filmmakers. The beginning of the book includes a glossary and the end of the book includes some additional ocean careers. I knew about marine biologists but it was interesting to learn about other ocean related jobs.

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From an Idea to LEGO
by Lowey Bundy Sichol, Illustrated by C. S. Jennings
HMH Books for Young Readers (July 9, 2019)

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I never really thought about who created LEGO bricks and I was fascinated to learn about Ole Kirk Christeniansen and how he and his sons went from carpentry to toy makers to creating the LEGO Group and the LEGO bricks that have now entertained three generations of children. Did you know that LEGO is both singular and plural? To break my habit of calling them LEGOS, I will refer to the colorful plastic squares and rectangles as LEGO bricks. As I read through the book, I found myself sharing out facts to the teen who loved LEGO bricks as a kid.

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From an Idea to GOOGLE
by Lowey Bundy Sichol, Illustrated by C. S. Jennings
HMH Books for Young Readers (July 9, 2019)

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Similar in format to the LEGO book, FROM AN IDEA TO GOOGLE contains a timeline, source notes, bibliography and additional information specific to the topic of the book. Given how many children have grown up with Google as both a search engine and also an essential classroom tool (including Chromebooks, Gmail, Google Docs, and more), it helps to provide context and a background.

Look for these at your local indie bookstore or community library.

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