Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - what's in my nonfiction stack? 9.11.19

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.

Here are the nonfiction picture books that jumped out of my stack recently:

Nine Months by Miranda  Paul
Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born
written by Miranda Paul
illustrated by Jason Chin
A gorgeous picture book that has a narrative that is just right for curious young minds.  The scientific illustrations and those that tell a story are drawn with such precision by illustrator Jason Chin.  This book is perfect for those readers who are looking for more information than the baby is growing in a mommy's "tummy".  Additional information is included in the backmatter including how long the gestational period is for different animals, what happens when a baby is born too early and a simple, yet heartfelt, explanation for when a baby does not survive a pregnancy.

Girls with Guts! by Debbie Gonzales
Girls With Guts! The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records
written by Debbie Gonzales
illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
Quick overview of some of the female athletes who have pioneered and led the way for the women athletes of today.  Women have had to fight their way to be allowed to play all kinds of sports and be allowed to compete in the same competitions, fields, courts, etc as men.  Readers will certainly get a quick idea of how women have fought their way through barriers and proven their own athletic prowess.  Includes a timeline and extensive biography.  I could see readers getting interested in this topic and doing further research of their own!

Stormy Seas by Mary Beth Leatherdale
Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees
written by Mary Beth Leatherdale
illustrated by Eleanor Shakespeare
I'm late to the party on this one - but wow, what an important book for these times.  Detailing 5 children's voices, from 1939 to 2006, these are their refugee stories and how they seeked asylum via crossing the seas in most often, very harsh conditions.  If you use Alan Gratz's Refugee, this book is a perfect one to accompany the reading to give more background.

Does It Fart? by Nick Caruso
Does It Fart?  A Kid's Guide to the Gas Animals Pass
written by Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti
illustrated by Alex G. Griffiths
Oh this book is as funny as you think it will be, and as informative as you think it will be!  It's actually pretty fascinating!  Don't you want to know how one time an airplane carrying 2,000 goats had to land because they set off the fire alarms with their farting and burping??  The real question is who wants to do goat yoga after hearing this???

Happy nonfiction reading!


  1. It's interesting to me to see these collections of short biographical sketches--it's an interesting way to help kids draw connections. I'm intrigued about how teachers use them--read them all in one shot? read one at a time? leave them out for kids to dip into?

  2. I liked Girls With Guts a lot, and thanks for the others. Nine Months looks just right for young readers and Stormy Seas as well, beginning a conversation about refugees perhaps? I imagine Does It Fart? will be popular! Thanks, Michele!

  3. I adored Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born! Of course everyone will with Miranda Paul and Jason Chin. I can't wait to get it to read with my grandchildren - both are soon going to be older siblings. I'll be looking for these others.