Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - animal books, part 2 - 4.24.19

Wednesdays 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.

Oh my, my nonfiction stacks have gotten OUT OF CONTROL!  I really need to read and post.  I'm hoping to have a month worth of new(er) nonfiction to share with you in the upcoming weeks.  Be sure to check back on Wednesdays, here's what's coming:
1.  books for little foodies

2.  picture book biographies featuring men
3.  picture book biographies featuring women, part 1
4.  picture book biographies featuring women, part 2
5.  celebrating baseball - Yogi Berra blog tour
6.  animal nonfiction books, part 1
7.  animal nonfiction books, part 2
8.  the world around us, part 1
9.  the world around us, part 2

The Frog Book
The Frog Book
written by Steve Jenkins
illustrated by Robin Page
The dynamic duo is back, this time filling our minds with frog facts.!  As always, part of their book is amazing, the other part has me fascinating and yelling "gross" learning some of the amazing information.  I like the way this one was organized, makes it easy for research!  Each page has a heading giving a blanket statement, what the reader will learn about in that layout.

Almost Gone by Steve Jenkins
Almost Gone: The World's Rarest Animals
by Steve Jenkins
Another Jenkins book, this one has been around for awhile (published in 2006).  This would be a good book to use to cross-check for newer/updated information.  Are these animals still on endangered lists or not, or have they been put on an extinction list?

Dolphins! by Laurence Pringle
Dolphins! Strange and Wonderful
written by Laurence Pringle
illustrated by Meryl Henderson
The more I learn about dolphins, the more I am surprised at some of their habits!  This is a thorough book all about dolphins, one I can see students reading, not only for enjoyment, but for research purposes.  Includes a variety of text features and backmatter, including an index.

A Place for Turtles
A Place for Turtles
written by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Higgins Bond
I really love this series from Melissa.  Great to show problem-solution text structure.  These books really give kids (and adults!) something to think about because she shows some really practical ways kids can help the animals.  I also really like how the endpages of each book shows some of the different animals and maps showing where they can be found.
* note:  this is the cover from an earlier edition.  Peachtree and Melissa Stewart have been updating the books in the series with new and recent information.

Heads and Tails by John Canty
Heads and Tails
by John Canty
Definitely a book you want if you teach young children!  It's fun, it's interactive - you'll definitely get some giggles as you read it.  On each page is a riddle and the picture clue is an animal's tail.  The illustration of the tail goes right up to the page turn so it invites the reader to turn the page and... find the answer and the rest of the animal's body including the head (hence the title's name...).

My animal books are definitely a favorite section in my classroom library.  Excited to add these to the collection!


  1. I've read Heads and Tails, a lot of fun and clever the way it was designed. Steve Jenkins and Robin Page never fail in their nf books, will look for those, Michele. Thanks!

  2. The Frog book is classic Steve Jenkins/Robin Page wonder--chock full of so much interesting info.

    Thanks for the other recs too, Michele!