Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - new titles! 5.05.21

Here's a quick roundup of some new nonfiction!

Summertime Sleepers by Melissa Stewart
Summertime Sleepers: Animals That Estivate
written by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
I know many young scientists who are very familiar with hibernation!  But what do they know about estivation?  I was this old when I learned that summer hibernation, or estivation, was a thing!  It makes sense because many of these animals escape the summer heat by sleeping.  Other animals find a cool place to rest for an extended period of time when their habitat dries up.  Other animals also take an extended time out because it is more difficult to find food during the summer months.
Stewart and Brannen team up again (Feathers: Not Just for Flying and Seashells: More Than a Home) for another fantastic read.  I love the "sketchbook" drawings Brannen includes on each page.  Also a very interesting author's note, especially if you talk about text structure with your students!

If Bees Disappeared by Lily Williams
If Bees Disappeared
by Lily Williams
I absolutely love this series.  From it's cause-effect text structure, to the backmatter that inspires young readers to be proactive in taking care of the environment and its creatures.
This time Williams turns the spotlight on bees.  While many young readers are frightened of bees, they might not realize they have a great importance for our environment.  Giving young ones the power of helping bees might give them a new perspective!

We Are Still Here! by Traci Sorell
We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know
written by Traci Sorell
illustrated by Frané Lessac
This book is a MUST HAVE.  I have had my ears open and have listened to people who are from Native Nations for awhile because there is so much to learn.  Our history has been so whitewashed that there is so much to be undone, unlearned.  And we can't do that if we're not listening.  Let's start today's youth understanding our country's accurate history.  
Sorell has organized this book as if the reader is at different presentations about different historical events Native people have lived through since Europeans first came to their land.  Each "presentation" is kid friendly and gives a basic explanation to a term or an event.  While in no way is this a thorough discussion of past events, it lets young readers have an accurate starting point.
I could tell Lessac's illustrations were rooted in history and I was glad to read the additional information in the backmatter.

Twenty-One Steps by Jeff Gottesfeld
Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
written by Jeff Gottesfeld
illustrated by Matt Tavares
This book is stunning, from the words to the illustrations.  From the jacket to the surprise underneath.  From the opening creed to the afterward.  I feel like this book should be read in a quiet setting where a moment of silence won't be enough.
With just enough information that makes you hang on every word, readers will understand the somber tone of the story and the importance the military and guard give to these unknown soldiers.  

We're winding down the school year.  I hope you find some time to read these beautiful nonfiction titles!

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