Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - animal books 1.08.20

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.

Happy 2020 nonfiction reading!  I had quite the stack of nonfiction books at the end of 2019 so I have a lot to share as we enter into this new year.  The first two weeks I have some animal books to share - young readers favorites!

Snow Leopard by Justin Anderson
Snow Leopard: Ghost of the Mountains
written by Justin Anderson
illustrated by Patrick Benson
While this book is shelved in the nonfiction section of libraries, I consider it more informational fiction.
Written in the first person, we follow a young man and his guide up the Himalayan mountains to spot a peek at the ghost of the mountains - a snow leopard.  As readers follow the narrative, there is also smaller font information that gives facts about the leopard.

Sleep by Kate Prendergast
Sleep: How Nature Gets Its Rest
by Kate Prendergast
A fun story for young readers, with a sentence or two on each page.  Gives a quick summary how animals sleep.  Some animals will sleep in ways that are already known to young readers, but I bet they will be surprised with some new information - did you know that ants sleep only for a few moments at a time?  Additional information about each animal is included in the backmatter.

Insect Superpowers by Kate Messner
Insect Superpowers
written by Kate Messner
illustrated by Jillian Nickell
This is a book that is going to appeal to your "Who Would Win" readers.  It is so visually appealing - looks like a comic book in both the illustrations and the font used.  And Kate always makes any topic come to life - this book had me making faces and saying "ewww" and checking where the insect lives hoping it did not say the midwest...

Migration by Mike Unwin
Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys
written by Mike Unwin
illustrated by Jenni Desmond
Longer nonfiction where each 2 page layout gives information about an animal's great migration.  Information includes why they migrate, the distance covered and where, and the dangers the animal may face along the way.  I like at the end of the book there is a map that shows the migration trail for each of the animals discussed in the book.

About Marine Mammals by Cathryn Sill
About Marine Mammals
written by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill
A nonfiction book for younger readers that gives one sentence of information per page.  Not shying away from some vocabulary, the series of books gives a lot of information in a small amount of pages.

Is your resolution to read more nonfiction to students?  Be sure to stop by on Wednesdays to get some ideas for fun nonfiction read alouds!


  1. I've only read Snow Leopard, will look for the others, especially the Insect Superpowers book. My younger granddaughter loves insects & I'm sure will love this one. Thanks, Michele.

  2. Insect Superpowers is great! I also loved the art in Migration--so lovely! I found the first person POV in Snow Leopard to be a bit jarring. I'll look for Sleep & the marine mammals books. Thanks for the recs :)