I’m excited to be joining Alyson Beecher from Kid Lit Frenzy in this year’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 2014 I’m hoping to discover many new nonfiction books that I can share with my students at school and with other teachers at workshops. Link up here to join in!
What if You Had Animal Teeth (or Hair) – Sandra Markle
These nonfiction books are a combination of hilarious illustrations and images of humans with animal features and interesting facts and information. I like that there is just enough information to make it interesting but not so much that it becomes overwhelming. They make GREAT read-alouds and have kids laughing and wanting more. I know a book is popular with kids when after I read it and put it up on display – EVERYONE wants to take it to their desks to read again!
The Big Bang Science Experiments Series – Jay Hawkins
My school is in the midst of preparing for our annual school Science Fair. Students are always coming to the library looking for books about Science experiments. This is a great series to have on hand – the simple and effective experiments are clearly explained and the photographs of young kids conducting the experiments make them very engaging.
City Across Time – Peter Kent
I love books that you can sit and pour over and find new things to look at every time. Peter Kent’s book follows a city from the Stone Age through to the 21st century. Each double page spread shows a detailed cross section illustration of a different time period. The illustrations are amazing – and I can see kids spending hours looking through the pages, noticing the details and, at the same time, learning about different periods in history. It’s a must have for a library or classroom. A great book to choose one or two pages to project and invite students infer and compare different time periods.
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art – Barb Rosenstock
So much to love about this picture book biography about the life of one of the very first painters of abstract art – Vasily Kandinsky. The illustrations by Mary Grandpre (love her!) are extraordinary. I was fascinated by the story of this remarkable artist – who “heard” colors and who, as a child, struggled to paint because his paintbox was “too noisy”. He grew, eventually, to embrace the sound of color and painted his bold ground-breaking words of art from his “noisy paint box”. I loved the celebration of someone who clearly marched to his own drum and celebrated his unique talent in his own way. An amazing story and I really appreciated the extensive information included at the back.
Nest – Jorey Hurley
Nest tells the life cycle of a Robin through the seasons – beginning and ending in a nest. It is a debut picture book from this author and I am MOST impressed! It is so simple – just one word on each page – and there is a quiet tenderness to this book. A perfect book for introducing primary students to life cycles and changing seasons. Gorgeous. I will be looking out for more from this author!
The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life – Lois Ehlert
I am SOOOOO excited about this book! If you love Lois Ehlert – this is a MUST have! In this amazing autobiography, Lois Ehlert shares her life story, through words, scraps of paper, photographs and painted pictures. This is a behind the scenes look into her innovative and creative books. This book is a celebration of creativity and I was SO inspired after I read it. I KNOW I will be reading it to my class and using it as an anchor book for Art and writing. AMAZING!
What nonfiction books have you been reading?