Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - for the love of reading 8.23.17

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

This fall there are several books that are being released about the love of books and reading.  Here are some you may want to add into your classroom!

Read, Read, Read!
Read! Read! Read! 
poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke
published by Boyds Mill Press
September 19th

This is such a beautiful compilation of poetry that absolutely shows how reading comes to life.  I love that all kinds of reading are celebrated - from reading street signs, to cereal boxes, to stories that take you places to nonfiction reading.  This is a book to be read aloud and shared with readers so they see that ALL reading is valued!
Whether you share the book as a whole or a poem a day, this book is going to be a great read aloud to celebrate reading.

Books! Books! Books! Explore the Amazing Collection of the Br... by Mick Manning
Books Books Books
written by Mick Manning
illustrated by Brita Granstrom
published by Candlewick
September 5th

Celebrating the the British Library in London, this book will have any book lover in awe and wanting to travel to see it.  When you stand on the ground floor of the library, there are nine floors above you and five floors below you!  There are over 400 miles of bookshelves!  Every book that is currently published in the United Kingdom and Ireland are in this library.  Want to see original works by Lewis Carroll, The Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare?  Look no further than the British Library!  
I thought it was interested at the end it says the Library of Congress claims to be the largest library of all.  I would love to see a book written about it, similar to this one.
I could see older students using this book in their English class.  The names of the authors that have works in this library would certainly be more familiar to older students.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
written by Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrated by Eric Velasquez
published by Candlewick
September 12th

I think this book is an important one to read and share with readers.  It's about Arturo Schomburg who curated his own library about African Americans who were instrumental in using their craft (artwork, books, etc) to celebrate their African heritage.  A lot of the materials were written/created when Africans were not allowed to read, much less write.  Without these stories, we would not have the most accurate information.  Arturo collected so many books, they lined rooms, hallways and even bathrooms in his house!  Eventually, they were acquired by the Carnegie Corporation and donated to the New York Public Library, with the intention of patrons using the materials for research.
The subject of racism is not new and it's at the forefront of our minds due to recent events.  Books like this that share, celebrate and bring to light, the work and stories of people who are descendants from Africa, need to be told in this day and age.  Make sure this generation know about the history of people that came before them.  

I hope these books find their way into your libraries and into your readers' hands!


  1. Thank you very much, Michele! It is an honor to find our book on your list and a delight to learn about these other new books! You are so generous. Happy fall! Peace, a.

  2. I love this theme! (and the three part titles...) I've suggested our library buy them.

  3. What a wonderful selection of books to celebrate reading in all its many forms! I've seen "Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library" on a few blogs recently, alas it hasn't come to my library yet, but I'll be sure to snag a copy as soon as it does!