Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - You Should Meet series 3.08.17

Every Wednesday I join Alyson Beecher from kidlitfrenzy and other
kidlit bloggers to share wonderful nonfiction picture books.
The intention of today's blog post is to give professionals that work in the
education field new nonfiction reading material and ideas to use 
with students to promote a love of reading nonfiction materials.

I really enjoy the Simon Spotlight (Simon and Schuster imprint) Ready to Read series.  They've had some interesting nonfiction series already.  Have you seen:

The Living In.... series:
Living in . . . Mexico     Living in . . . Brazil     Living in . . . Italy     Living in . . . China

The Science of Fun Stuff series:
The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks     How Airplanes Get from Here . . . to There!     Unmasking the Science of Superpowers!     The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy: with audio recording

This week I'm going to turn the spotlight on their new series, "You Should Meet".  These biographies support the transitional reader who is ready for more than a picture book biography, but still need to have some reading supports in place.  It does this by:
  • having short, accessible chapters with clear chapter titles, giving the reader an idea of what the chapter is going to be about
  • including a table of contents so readers know where to get information (no index, though)
  • back matter has additional information about the topic
  • illustrations on every page to give visual support
  • illustrations are bright and colorful, appealing to the young readers
  • unfamiliar words often have an quick explanation within the text
Be sure to check out the books in the series:

Mae Jemison     Misty Copeland (You Should Meet)     Jesse Owens     Women Who Launched the Computer Age


  1. It really is wonderful for young readers that these series exist. I know that my granddaughter would love reading about some of the countries and people. Thanks, Michele.

  2. I love Chloe Perkins's series. Can't wait for the next country!