Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 4.15.15


I am excited to join Alyson Beecher and other friends in this weekly challenge.  Finding great nonfiction picture books isn't a challenge anymore, there are so many wonderful books to be read now!  The challenge is sharing them with as many people as possible so they can find this wealth of literature to share with our young readers.  Thanks to Aly for starting this weekly link-up and thanks to all who join in!

Spotlight on:

Dianna Aston's and Sylvia Long's series...

An Egg Is Quiet    A Seed Is Sleepy    A Butterfly Is Patient

I've read several books in this series and when I think of them, I think two things:

1.  What can I learn from this text?
Each book is full of wonderful information about a specific topic.  The information is given in quick, short sentences, and then further developed in longer captions.  The illustrations are so detailed, they give additional information to students who study them.

2.  What can I learn about the author's craft?
I love how each page uses a describing word to give information to the readers about the subject.  The text goes on to give further information about the describing word and how it is important to the subject.  The illustrator's pictures also gives information about the subject.  

Pick a new topic. What describing words can students come up to teach about the subject?  Remember, the describing words need to inform the reader about the subject.  After researching the subject, what details should go into the illustrations?

Look for Aston's and Long's newest book A Nest is Noisy.  It celebrated its book birthday yesterday!

A Nest Is Noisy


  1. I love the illustrations for sure. I know lots of people are looking forward to A Nest is Noisy.

  2. These books are fabulous, so glad to hear about the nest one. I still love the idea of a seed being sleepy, & then waking up! Thanks, Michele.

  3. Lots of beautiful nature books this week! Love learning about them.

  4. Just a beautiful series and I love it as a mentor text.