Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - What's In My Pile? series - animal books 10.11.17

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.

I have had such a large number of nonfiction picture books in my piles lately that I decided to make October into the "What's in My Pile? series".  Today I'm spotlighting books about animals!

Moto and Me by Suzi Eszterhas
Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat's Foster Mom
by Suzi Eszterhas
published by Owlkids Books

I waited a long time to get my hands on this book and it was definitely worth it!  Absolutely loved the story - anyone who enjoys animal stories will have their heart wrap around this story.  Longer story - usually full print one one to one and half pages and either full page photo or half.  Divided into chapters, each with a title that clearly explains what it will be about.  Should be well loved by readers in 3rd-5th grades.

The Great Penguin Rescue: Saving the African Penguins
The Great Penguin Rescue: Saving African Penguins
by Sandra Markle
published by Millbrook Press

If you're not familiar with this series by Sandra Markle, it's time to change that!  This is the third in Markle's "Rescue" series and they are all such wonderful mentor texts for text structure.  I love how she explains the problem and then explores the possible solutions scientists are exploring.  Causes and effects are detailed and explained.  Markle's endnotes always give other avenues to explore and additional understandings on topics.

Shell, Beak, Tusk by Bridget Heos
Shell Beak Tusk: Shared Traits and the Wonders of Adaptation
by Bridget Heos
published by HMH

NGSS has several grade levels looking at animal adaptations, animal survival and problem solving using adaptations.  This book would be perfect to use in this type of study.

How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy
How to be an Elephant
by Katherine Roy
published by Macmillan

If you aren't familiar with Katherine Roy's Neighborhood Shark and now this one, than you need to remedy that immediately.  Fascinating nonfiction, gorgeous illustrations - Roy knows how to make nonfiction so very cool.  
I read this book this past week for #classroombookaday and even the student who freely admitted they did not care for nonfiction really enjoyed this book!

Run for Your Life! by Lola M Schaefer
Run For Your Life!
written by Lola M. Schaefer
illustrated by Paul Meisel
published by Holiday House

I've had this one on my list for a long time, glad it finally became available.
Using lively verbs, a reader gets a sense for the movement of predators and prey in the savanna.  We also see who is on the top of the food chain!

Hope you found an animal book or two for your readers!


  1. More on my list, Michele! I really want to read How To Be An Elephant. There are many holds at the library for that one, but I'll get to it soon! Thanks for each one, none I have read yet!

  2. I'm interested in the Elephant book. It seems to be getting lots of praise for its art.