Barbara Kerley, a photographer for the National Geographic, is one of my favorite nonfiction authors and I’m excited to be highlighting her most recent book today, along with a few of my other favorites, in my Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday post!
What do you want to be when you grow up? This is the question that many children are asked but most aren’t able to answer with any definitive response. In her latest book The World Is Waiting for You, Barbara Kerley poses this question, but then invites children to explore and celebrate the possibilities by considering their talents and interests and linking them up to professions. For example – jumping in puddles can inspire scuba diving; dirty hands can lead to digging for dinosaur bones; star-gazing can inspire astronauts. This book includes inspirational quotes centered around the three core principals of National Geographic’s mission: adventure, exploration and discovery.
What I love about Barbara Kerley’s books is that they are so simple, yet so profound. I was overcome with inspiration when I read this book – it made me want to weep with gratitude and all I wanted to do was hug Barbara Kerley and thank her for writing it. I can’t wait to read it to my students and have them explore their own possibilities.
For anyone who may be interested in more Barbara Kerley books – here are some of the others I have in my collection: A Cool Drink of Water; A Little Peace; You and Me Together – Moms, Dads and Kids Around the World; A Day in the Life.
All of her books are filled with gorgeous images – highlighting the diversity of culture, families and daily life from around the world. She includes a map and location and background of each photograph at the back of each book. I have used her books so often for many Reading Power lessons (Connect and Transform). The books are excellent for read-alouds because the photographs are large, colorful and captivating. There is little text included but the photographs tell far more than words ever could. Opening one of her books is like taking a trip around the world without having to leave your chair.
I hope you are inspired to include at least one Barbara Kerley book in your Nonfiction Collection!