We know that a big part of the CCSS is to include more informational texts into ourstudents' reading. I quickly discovered I had a "gap" in my reading diet - the genre of informational texts! To help me fill the gap this year, I am going to participate in Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesdays! This is a great link-up hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy. Please visit this website to see other educator's link-ups. My goal is to read at least one informational text each week and post information on the blog. The more books and subjects I read, the more I can encourage (my #OLW for 2014) other teachers to use in their classroom!
A couple of new NFPB came in for me at the library this week.
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
I have been intrigued by this book since it appeared on Betsy Bird's potential Caldecott list back in late summer. My interest was piqued after seeing a variety of reviews come in since then. My library finally got it in and I was excited to dig in. Hmmmm. It was interesting. My first read of the story I was intrigued by the interesting use of puppets and paintings for the illustrations. The text is very simple, but interesting that the Spanish translation is included. After the first read, I felt like I didn't really understand anymore of who Frido Kahlo was. After reading the Author's Note in the back, I felt like I had a little more information. After reading that, I went back for a second read. This time the simple text made more sense and I found more meaning in the illustrations. I still found this picture book lacking in details of Frida's life, but it was definitely a celebration of artistry found within the illustrations. It will be interesting at award time to see if it will get recognition.
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies
Before reading this, I really don't remember studying microbes in school. I'm sure I did, it sounds like something to do with biology, but I could not give you a definition. Davies does an incredible job explaining microbes - tiny, living creatures that look different and have different jobs on our planet. The illustrations work so well to make the learning visual for young readers. I think this book would make a fantastic mentor text for central message/key details. This is a book I will be adding to my personal collection!