Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: What am I reading? - 6/5/19

Recently, I took a look at my Nonfiction 2019 shelf on GoodReads and realized that I am far behind my normal pace of nonfiction reading. I try to stay on top of my picture book reading but life lately has been a bit crazy. So, I dove into my pile of books and here are some of the books that I read over the past week or two. I am hoping to make a bigger dent in the next week or so.

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Trees: A Rooted History by Piotr Socha, Illustrated by Wojciech Grajkowski (Abrams Books for Young Readers, April 2019) - Though this Tree book and the one below are from two different publishers, both are these oversized, beautifully illustrated books that cover a lot of information. Definitely for upper elementary students to pour over with friends.

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Nature All Around: Trees by Pamela Hickman, Illustrated by Carolyn Gavin (Kids Can Press, April 2019) - See my comment above. Definitely would pair these two tree books together.

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A Book About Whales by Andrea Antinori (Abrams Books for Young Readers, May 2019) - A nice introduction to whales for younger readers.

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Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson, Illustrated by Don Tate (Peachtree Publishing, April 2019) - A wonderful picture book bio on Carter G. Woodson by a fabulous author/illustrator team.

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No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas by Tonya Bolden, Illustrated by Don Tate (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2018) - I missed this book last fall and picked it up at the LA Times Festival of books. This is another fabulous picture book bio for young readers.

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Superlative Birds by Leslie Bulion, Illustrated by Robert Meganck (Peachtree Publishing, March 2019) - I love nonfiction picture books in verse. I always feel like teachers don’t expect nonfiction to be written in verse and I love sharing these books with teachers. Readers will enjoy learning about birds.

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When Plants Attack: Strange and Terrifying Plants by Rebecca E. Hirsch (Millbrook, January 2019) - I love books like this because I learn so much about a collection of items around a topic. They are also easy to book talk, and kids love learning odd facts, and you don’t need to start at the beginning of the book.

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Liberty Arrives! How America’s Grandest Statue Found Her Home by Robert Byrd (June 18, 2019) - This picture book biography of the Statue of Liberty may seem like a picture book with beautiful illustrations but the design almost feels like there are chapters. Lots of texts but also lots of illustrations which makes this a good choice for kids who need a reading challenge but still needs lots of pictures.

So, what are you reading?

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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Elephants and Wolves

Despite how hard I work to find books when they are released, sometimes, I don’t discover them until months or a year later. The Elephant has been on my list of books to read, since I first heard about it last year. Lobos was a 2018 release that I just discovered. In case, like me, you missed these last year, I hope you enjoy learning about them now.

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The Elephant by Jenni Desmond (Enchanted Lion Books, November 2016) -

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In a similar fashion to The Blue Whale and The Polar Bear, Desmond tells readers about The Elephant. Initially, I expected the book to be more of a compare and contrast text between the African Savanna Elephant and the Asian Elephant, but Desmond focuses ore on what they share in common than how they are different.

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After reading multiple picture books about elephants, I am still surprised when I see one that seems to add something to my knowledge of elephants. Desmond’s illustrations pair beautifully with the text.

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Lobos: A Wolf Family Returns by Brenda Peterson, Photographs by Annie Marie Musselman (Little Bigfoot, August 2018)

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Peterson shares the story of a mated Gray Wolf pair and how they and their pups travel from Wolf Haven International to eventually be released into the wild in Mexico.

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The simple straightforward text provides young readers with the basics of re-introducing wolves into a new area to help with re-population. For older readers, this would be a jumping off point to learning more about wolf conservation and species survival plan.

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

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