Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - what's in my nonfiction stack? 10.02.19

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 will be making their way into our #classroombookaday selections!

written by Blair Thornburgh
illustrated by Scott Campbell
This may be one of my favorite nonfiction picture books of the year.  I can't think of a book I've read on this topic and this one is written in such a fun voice.  Giving information about human skulls and the purpose of a skull may be dry and boring but between the fun illustrations by Campbell and the author's voice, this will make a great read aloud.

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Native American Heroes
written by Dawn Quigley
I found this in the Scholastic Book Clubs order.  Featuring 18 Native Americans who have done some exceptional things are spotlighted in this book.  From exploring space to being an engineer, from the paralympics to writing award winning books - these people have truly done some amazing things and they are all enrolled members of a Native American Nation.  These quick to read bios spotlight some of the amazing things that show the contributions these people have made in their field.

If Elephants Disappeared by Lily Williams
If Elephants Disappeared
by Lily Williams
This series by Williams is one of my favorite nonfiction series.  With its cause and effect format, readers really understand the impact on the environment if an animal is close to extinction.  Williams has really developed the information that is included in the backmatter and it really is a source for lots of information!

Born to Draw Comics by Ginger Wadsworth
Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts
written by Ginger Wadsworth
illustrated by Craig Orback
A picture book biography of the creator of the Peanuts comic, Charles Schulz.  This book focuses on the events that happened in Charles' early life that inspired him to become a comic strip illustrator and creator.  The story also gives details about how the Peanuts characters came to be.  
Many of the illustrations are presented in frames similar to a comic strip.  Perfect dedication to Charles Schulz!  Additional information is given in the backmatter, including an author/illustrator's note, sources, and a list of Peanuts characters!

As always, happy nonfiction reading!


  1. I read If Elephants Disappeared at a local Indie recently, well done & sad to know how important they are as people fight for their survival. The Schultz book is new to me, will be fun to read. Thanks, Michele!

  2. I have elephants in my to-read pile. It's such a great & important series. I loved SKULLS! too--what a fun read. The illustrations are so spot on!