Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - what's in my nonfiction stack? 10.30.19

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's what popped out from my nonfiction picture book stack!

The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz
The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng
written by Sophia Gholz
illustrated by Kayla Harren
This narrative gives us the basic facts of the boy who planted the seeds and sowed the land until a barren field grew into a large forest.  Young readers will understand the theme of the story and will visually see the impact Payeng has on the land.
The illustrations by Harren are gorgeous.  The soft, earthy tones are simply beautiful.
The story is simple, yet effective.  There is some additional information in the backmatter.  
This is a good book to read when you want to show kids they can make a difference, or perhaps for Earth Day, or to show character traits!

Seeds Move! by Robin Page
Seeds Move!
by Robin Page
Pair with Dianna Aston's A Seed is Sleepy book - discover all the ways a seed finds a spot and puts down roots!

Just Like Beverly by Vicki Conrad
Just Like Beverly
written by Vicki Conrad
illustrated by David Hohn
For anyone who has read a Beverly Cleary book, you'll see so much inspiration that came from Beverly's own life in her books.  While some of the words and activities age Cleary's books for today's readers, the character traits and themes still ring true.  I really enjoyed reading this one and it would make a great follow up after reading a Beverly Cleary book with students! 
Don't miss the backmatter where the author included a lot more information about Beverly's life.

Beware of the Crocodile by Martin Jenkins
Beware of the Crocodile
written by Martin Jenkins
illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
A book that goes for the shock value - you won't believe some of the eating habits of crocodiles!  
Most of the information is carried through the main text, but there is additional information in smaller print on some of the pages.  Backmatter including an index, which isn't as widely found as it used to be!

We are starting a nonfiction cycle at school.  I'll definitely be adding some of these titles to our read aloud rotation!


  1. I liked The Boy Who Grew A Forest, amazing and inspiring accomplishment! I have the others on my list! Thanks, Michele!

  2. Seeds Move looks great! Haven't yet read that one. Loved the Crocodile illustrations--so fun!