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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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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