Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - a roundup of nonfiction reading 10.23.19

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.

Two weeks ago I wrote about the importance of including nonfiction in your read alouds.  So what are some books you might want to include?  Here are some of the books we're using as recent #classroombookaday selections.  You'll notice there are biographies and expository nonfiction and narrative nonfiction selections.  Most of these were published in 2019 but I also included some favorites.  I'll include a second roundup later this fall!

Elvis Is King!
Elvis is King
written by Jonah Winter
illustrated by Red Nose Studio

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando
Magic Ramen 
written by Andrea Wang
illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz

Two Brothers, Four Hands
Two Brothers, Four Hands
written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines
Just Like Rube Goldberg
written by Sarah Aronson
illustrated by Robert Neubecker

The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng
The Boy Who Grew a Forest
written by Sophia Gholz
illustrated by Kayla Harren

Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team
Titan and the Wild Boars
written by Susan Hood and Patthana Sornhiran
illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Yogi: the Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra
written by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by Terry Widener

Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army
written by Art Coulson
illustrated by Nick Hardcastle

If Elephants Disappeared
If Elephants Disappeared
by Lily Williams

I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are
I, Fly
written by Bridget Heos
illustrated by Jennifer Plecas

Seashells: More Than a Home
Seashells More Than a Home
written by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Sarah Brannen

The Truth about Crocodiles: Seriously Funny Facts about Your Favorite Animals
The Truth About Crocodiles
by Maxwell Eaton III

The Elephant
The Elephant
by Jenni Desmond

Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth
Stretch to the Sun
written by Carrie Pearson
illustrated by Susan Swan

Popcorn Country: The Story of America's Favorite Snack
Popcorn Country
written by Cris Peterson
photographs by David Lundquist

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written by Silvia Lopez
illustrated by Guido Daniele

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
We Are Grateful
written by Traci Sorell
illustrated by Frané Lessac

Moon! Earth's Best Friend
Moon! Earth's Best Friend
written by Stacy McAnulty
illustrated by Stevie Lewis

One Proud Penny
One Proud Penny
written by Randy Siegel
illustrated by Serge Bloch

Does It Fart?: A Kid's Guide to the Gas Animals Pass
Does It Fart?
written by Nick Caruso
illustrated by Alex Griffiths

Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature
Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature
by Marcie Flinchum Atkins

I'm Trying to Love Math
I'm Trying to Love Math
by Bethany Barton

written by Blair Thornburgh
illustrated by Scott Campbell

That's your roundup!  Did you find some books to add to your stack?


  1. I have read some of these older ones, loved Seashells & took it to the beach with me in the summer. And both about elephants are ones I hope many find to read! Thanks for those I don't know yet, Michele! It's not easy to keep up with all the wonderful new ones!

  2. So many great books here! I've read the majority of them. LOVE Magic Ramen, Skulls!, I, Fly, Wait, Rest, Pause, We Are Grateful, Stretch to the Sun. Titan and the Wild Boars was so gripping--had a hard time reading it because I am claustrophobic! So well done!

  3. Thanks for the list! I look forward to checking out the ones I haven't read yet.