Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - new releases! 2.28.18

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017
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've been spoiled with a few new and upcoming books lately.  Make sure these are on your radar!

All That Trash by Meghan Mccarthy
All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem With Stuff
by Meghan McCarthy
published by a Paula Wiseman Book
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

First of all, I think this book has one of the best subtitles I've ever seen....
A story I had not heard before - in 1987, to alleviate a filled-landfill in New York, garbage was loaded onto a barge because one man thought he could put in in North Carolina.  The state of NC didn't want it - and neither did Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, Central America or the Bahamas!
This book has a great message about the environment and can definitely tie-in to environmental concerns we are facing today.
The backmatter is full of additional information and sources.
And the 80s references, in the text and illustrations, are great :)

A Place for Fish by Melissa Stewart
A Place for Fish (revised edition)
written by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Higgins Bond 
published by Peachtree Publishers
publishes April 1st

I really enjoy Stewart's "A Place For..." series.  I've used them in our #classroombookaday rotation and the students easily pick up on the structure and organization.
In this book, we learn about some of the dangerous things we are doing to fish and their habitat and ways we can avoid or change what we're doing so the fish can thrive.  Each page has additional information about the fish that is featured.  I love the end pages of the book that show a map and where that particular fish can be found.

Anybody's Game by Heather Lang
Anybody's Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball
written by Heather Lang
illustrated by Cecilia Puglesi
published by Albert Whitman and Company
publishes March 7th

I am such a sucker for stories about the underdog and how passion can outweigh talent.  Of course it doesn't help to have some of both - that's a book I'll have to own!  
Kathryn Johnston stopped at nothing in order to play her favorite sport - baseball - even if that meant cutting her hair short and passing as a boy!  I really enjoyed reading about Kathryn's drive, how she was supported by her family and her successes.
This will be a really fun read aloud!

Curiosity by Markus Motum
Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover
by Markus Motum
published by Candlewick Press
publishes March 13th

Told in the voice of the Mars rover, Curiosity, readers learn more about how this rover came to be, how it traveled to Mars, and some of the important work it has done.  Captions are found on many pages to give additional information.  This information adds on to the main text found on each layout.  Great backmatter, including a timeline, more information about Mars rovers and a glossary.

Looking for some other March releases?  Check these out!

Meet My Family!: Animal Babies and Their Families
Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families
written by Laura Purdie Salas
illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman
published by Millbrook Press
March 1st

The Flying Girl: How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar
The Flying Girl: How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar
written by Margarita Engle
illustrated by Sara Palacios
published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
March 6th

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History
written by Chelsea Clinton
illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor
written by Patricia Valdez
illustrated by Felicita Sala
published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
March 13th

Itch!: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch
Itch!: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch
written by Anita Sanchez
illustrated by Gilbert Ford
published by HMH 
March 13th

When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel
When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel
written by G. Neri
illustrated by David Litchfield
published by Candlewick
March 20th

Dog Days of History: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends
Dog Days of History: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends (Animals)
by Sarah Albee
published by National Geographic Children's Books
March 27th

Happy nonfiction reading!


  1. So many, many coming and I want to read them all! Love seeing that one about trash, Michele, wishing there was something we can do better. I have the "When Paul Met Artie" but will share later. Love seeing about Melissa Stewart's series, new to me. Thanks for all!

  2. I'm looking forward to the one about trash, too. What a great topic! And so many connections to other great nonfiction titles, like Patricia Newman's books.

  3. Wow! Such a great list of books. I was shocked that my library had so many of them, especially since most of them are new. I put all the ones on hold they had. Looking forward to reading them. Thanks for the recommendations.

  4. Can't wait to read Engle's newest picture book. So prolific!

  5. So many great titles to look forward to, Michele! Thank you!! Can't wait for the trash one especially. I also loved Jonah Winters' Here Comes the Garbage Barge--so hilarious! And of course, anything about dogs is always good!!