Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday 1.13.16 - narrative formats

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

Nonfiction picture books seem to get better and better.  One of the ways they have improved, is the interest level.  The ways the authors are composing their books to make them appeal to readers.  One of the text structures is using a narrative format with factual information.  Here's a few books that have found success with this structure:

I Don't Like Snakes by Nicola Davies

Big Red Kangaroo by Claire Saxby

I'm Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton

Tree of Wonder by Kate Messner

Flowers Are Calling
Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray

I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are
I Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are by Bridget Heos

Raindrops Roll
Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
Water is Water by Miranda Paul

Try some of these books to encourage nonfiction reading!


  1. When my students wrote from their research, I often shared some n-f picture books to show how a "story" could include the information in a wonderfully interesting way. This is a terrific group of books that do that. Thanks for gathering them together, Michele!

  2. I love all of these books! And you are right, they really appeal to students. Wonderful read aloud titles!

  3. What's lovely is that nonfiction picture books are becoming as engaging and exciting as fiction, to the point where they can be enjoyed as read-alouds or simply read for pleasure. Exciting stuff.

  4. Love the theme of this list, and I really enjoyed many of these books :)

  5. This is very helpful. I am doing a "book tasting" tomorrow with nonfiction and was trying to come up with some ideas for a few narrative examples. I had forgotten about I'm Trying to Love Spiders and didn't know that some of these were narrative since I hadn't read them yet. Thanks!

  6. I have read only two from this list, and will definitely remedy that soonest. Unfortunately we dont have Big Red Kangaroo yet from our library, and I really am looking forward to reading that one.

  7. What a great list of books. Thank you!