Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday 8.05.15


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!  See all of the posts at kidlitfrenzy.

Last year I discovered the Scientists in the Field series (I know, late to the party, but at least I arrived!).  I spent some time reading many in the series.  
Then I found different kinds of National Geographic Kids books.  There are some that rival the information in the Scientists in the Field series with a different spin on them.  Where SitF series are very research based, usually follows a specific scientist, and always has amazing photographs, NGK series are written in shorter sections - usually in headings and subheadings - have more text features, but also have amazing photographs.
There are two books that have recently been published (or at least new to me) that I'm looking forward to reading.

Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue
Mission:  Sea Turtle Rescue
Ever since I read the SitF book about sea turtles, I've been fascinated by these creatures.  This particularly series concentrates on the plight of animals that need support in order to survive in their current habitat.  The dangers to sea turtles have been on the increase for years and only recently has awareness increased.  I can't wait to dig into this book.

Dirtmeister's Nitty Gritty Planet Earth: All About Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, & Even Dirt!
Dirtmeister's Nitty Gritty Planet Earth by Steve Tomecek
I found this title on GiGi McAllister's blog and was immediately intrigued and started thinking about how I could use this.  Many of our grades study something in the geology field.  I bought this book so I could show students they can use nonfiction in ways that aren't reading the book cover to cover.  I think there will be sections of the book that can be used to enrich units, without having to read most of the book.  The organization of National Geographic books make it easy to do that.

Looks like I have some great nonfiction reading ahead of me!


  1. My students and I got to participate in sea turtle birth & launching into the ocean; it was an amazing experience. And we visited a rescue/rehab place in Orlando one time-also interesting, though tragic too. The book does look good. I love the National Geographic series. What a wonderful publication for all ages. Thanks, Michele!

  2. A couple of months ago, I borrowed some books about extinction and endangered species. Sea Turtle Rescue seems like an important book that will help raise awareness on how we can support them. I would have to second what Linda said about NatGeo series! I bought one about mummies from the library book sale not too long ago. Thank you for sharing, Michele! =)