Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday 11.12.15

NF PB 2014

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! 

I have posted about the series for early readers, Seedlings, HERE
I really enjoy this series and own many copies in the animals series.  The books are easy to read, have highly engaging photographs, and there is a wide range of animals for everyone to find something they like.  In February and March 2015 there are even more books being published.  More animals books, but even books about different forms of transportation - bullet trains anyone?  Most of these books are being republished under the Seedlings series name, and definitely have a new look to them. 

I love having accessible nonfiction texts that young children can get excited about!

I was thrilled to find during a recent trip to my public library, a new insect series, published by Bullfrog Books.  This series, like the Seedlings series, has highly engaging photos, accessible texts, but also includes nonfiction text features, such as labels, cutaways, index, and picture glossary.  I look forward to reading more in this series!

Beetles   Crickets   Ants

Another series I have found is the "Scholastic Discover More" series.  This series is written on a variety of levels, but they all share similar layouts and text features.  Each book has eye appealing photographs and text features such as graphs, captions, cutaways, headings, glossary and index.  A great book for the primary reader is Dolphins.  There are many other animal books in the series and they all range in different readability levels.  The series includes a variety of topics, covering different science and social studies themes.  Two other books in the primary level include Planets by Gail Tuchman and Where in the World? by Laaren Brown.

Dolphins (Scholastic Discover More)   Scholastic Discover More Reader Level 1: Planets (Scholastic Discover More Readers)  Scholastic Discover More Reader Level 3: Where in the World? (Scholastic Discover More Readers)


  1. I'm not familiar with Bullfrog Books, but I do know the Scholastic Discover More series. I really like them, but wish they has sourcing in the books for older kids so they could use them in school reports. Otherwise, they are great. Thanks for sharing and I will look for the Bullfron Books in the library.

  2. This first series looks great! I am going to see if I can find some copies of some of these and try them in my classroom.

  3. I'll pass these on to those with younger students, Michele. They look good. I like that that new series you discovered looks so enticing & accessible for younger readers.

  4. What an intriguing series! Haven't read any of these yet, but they all look really interesting! :)