Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday 3.26.14

NF PB 2014

We know that a big part of the CCSS is to include more informational texts into our students' 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! 

This week I read a fantastic picture book for young readers, Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi.  I was so impressed with it.  In its very simple language, young readers can gain so much information about bugs.  I love DiTerlizzi's use of verbs on each page.  I can see students looking at the organization of the text.  How did the author organize it (how bugs move, what they do, how they sound)?  What verbs/actions go together?  What did you learn about bugs?  I also loved the "index" at the end with illustrator, Brendan Wenzel's, pictures and labels.  I think young students will pour over the illustrations and accessible text, while teachers will have days of lessons to go along with this fantastic spring book.  It's a must have for me!

Some Bugs


  1. This book does look exceptional Michele. I've put it on my list to look for it! Thanks!

  2. So excited to see this book here as I know our librarian just purchased it for our school library! I think this book might come into my class and stay for quite some time!

  3. Great book this week, Michelle! I love how you have linked your comments to having students look at the writing techniques used, as well as the content in the book. Always great to learn of titles that other teachers recommend as being "accessible" for all readers. Thanks for the recommendation!