Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - what's in my nonfiction stack? 6.05.19

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.

Some nonfiction books that have been in my stacks:

The Truth about Crocodiles by Maxwell Eaton III
The Truth About Crocodiles
by Maxwell Eaton III
I've really enjoyed this series.  Humorous voice, interesting facts, lots of learning.  In all of the books I've always read something that made me look at the animals in a new, curious way.  This one, nope, still don't like crocodiles!  But I certainly learned some new reasons not to like them too!

Handimals by Silvia  Lopez
Handimals: Animals in Art and Nature
written by Silvia Lopez
art by Guido Daniele
This book is amazing.  Kids are going to pour over the photos of the animals because they are all created with paint and hands.  It is AMAZING how everything lines up so perfectly!  The artist creates these animals to bring awareness to the animals and their surroundings for conservation efforts.  Lopez provides some narrative that gives information about each animal and what makes them unique.

Our Flag Was Still There by Jessie Hartland
Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner
by Jessie Hartland
While Betsy Ross is credited for the design of our flag, do you know the story of the flag from the War of 1812?  The one that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner?  This is the story of that flag - the one that measured 42 feet by 30 feet.... the flag that waved after a full day of fighting... the flag that continued to wave as the British retreated.
It's a story that probably isn't as widely told but has a place in our history.
Add this one to your history collections!

I Campaigned for Ice Cream by Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw
I Campaigned for Ice Cream: A Boy's Quest for Ice Cream Trucks
written by Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw
illustrated by Wendy Leach
There are a lot of picture book biographies about people who have made a difference in the world.  They fought hard for something, showed a whole lot of determination, and changed the world.  But most of those people are adults - some young adults, some old adults.  It's hard to find books that show a child making a difference in the world.  And if we want to inspire this generation to by changemakers, then they should probably read about how kids can make a difference!
That's exactly what young Josh Lipshaw did when he found out it was outlawed for ice cream trucks to roam the streets of his town.  He followed the proper protocol to change the laws and that's what he did!  
Backmatter has a note from the author and a glossary of terms used to talk about the protocol vocabulary to change a law.

Hope you found some more nonfiction reading!  


  1. All new to me, Michele. Who knew that someone had to fight for ice cream trucks? And the Handimals does look amazing! Thanks!

  2. I remember seeing something about Handanimals a while back, maybe before it became an actual book, Michele. Will look for it--thanks!