non fiction picture book of the day giveaway, plant a pocket of prairie by phyllis root

Non Fiction Picture Book of the Day GIVEWAY

I wanted to share some new non fiction picture books with you today. The thing about non fiction, in my humble opinion, is that it really does need to match the reader’s interest in a very specific way. I’ve picked books that I thought my kids would like and a few others that I like that I hope they, and you, will too.

 

New Non Fiction Picture Books

Non Fiction Picture Book of the Day

non fiction picture book of the day, Plant a Pocket of Prairie by Phyllis Root

This non fiction picture book would work for an Earth Day theme, but I chose it simply because I fell in love with the beautiful illustrations and the hopeful message that it’s possible to save our wild plants and places by simply doing our own small part as best we can.

Plant a Pocket of Prairie by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Betsy Bowen

It’s written in prose that reads like a poem with a compelling “What If?” message that shows the connection of wild things from plants and habitat to animals. [non fiction picture book, ages 4 and up]

Plant foxglove beardtongue.

A ruby-throated hummingbird

might hover and sip and thrum.

If that hummingbird sips and zips

looking for something more to eat …

Plant butterfly weed.

Monarch butterflies might lay their eggs

on the underside of leaves.

Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! A Gamer’s Alphabet by Chris Barton and Joey Spiotto

“This open beta game is in third-person but first-person is unlockable if you know the cheat code or install this mod, but either way, for the best attack on the boss on this level, try to grab that power-up…”

If this makes no sense to you either, the Gamer’s Alphabet will come in handy. For my gamer 9-year-old son, this is the first alphabet book he’s read since he learned to read where he stalled for as long as he could in order to finish the book. (He got to “P” and plans to finish the book first thing tomorrow!) [alphabet picture book, ages 6 and up]

Sticks ‘n’ Stones ‘n’ Dinosaur Bones by Ted Enik, illustrated by G. F. Newland

I didn’t realize that the war of the dinosaur bones got so personal as to be an all out vendetta between two scientists, Edward Drinker Cope and O. Charles Marsh. When scientific discovery goes bad, it erupts into a war of words and scandal but the benefactors are the museum goers because this “Gold Rush” for dinosaur fossils during American’s Gilded Age (1865 to 1890s) sparked the general public’s interest in paleontology that continues today. [non fiction rhyming picture book, ages 6 and up]

Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story by Karl Beckstrand, illustrated by Luis Sanz

A young astronomer will enjoy this astronomy story that lightly touches on astronomy terms, concepts and discoveries. Use this to guide the direction your child wants to explore as you search the skies in wonder and awe. Note that this book is a gateway drug to a telescope! [picture book, ages 5 and up]

Photos Framed: A Fresh Loook at the World’s Most Memorable Photographs by Ruth Thomson

Grasshopper and Sensei is really starting to get serious about photography, so I thought this books which is like a “Sister Wendy ” treatment of the most famous photos would give her a nice background in the history of famous photographs. One fun discovery from this book was learning that The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville by Robert Doisneu was staged!

The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville by Robert Doisneu was staged

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton

I loved how Tiny Creatures can take something unseen — microbes — and make it real and concrete, even slipping in mathematical concepts like visualizing what a billion looks like. With charming illustrations and a story line that showsthe reader what microbes are and where they exist without freaking them out. Because … you know, “there are more microbes living on your skin than there are people on Earth” !! [picture book, ages 5 and up]

The History of Money: From Bartering to Banking by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

PickyKidPix was plagued with wanting to know Who Owns the Money and that’s a slippery topic that’s difficult to answer in elementary school age terms. This book will help though! [advanced picture book, ages 9 and up]

 

Non Fiction Picture Book GIVEAWAY

I’m giving away three books to three winners. Please fill out the Rafflecopter to win and leave a comment stating your first, second and third choices. Thank you!

Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story by Karl Beckstrand, illustrated by Luis Sanz, non fiction picture book giveaway

Plant a Pocket of Prairie by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Betsy Bowen

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton

Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story by Karl Beckstrand, illustrated by Luis Sanz

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

42 Comments

  1. Lovie Howell

    Bright Star Night Star-1
    Tiny Creatures-2
    Plant a Pocket of Prarie-3

  2. Preference in order Star book, Prairie book. and Tiny creatures. Thanks for sharing.

  3. nadine

    #1. Photos framed. #2. Plant a prairie. #3. Tiny creatures. Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Denise Taylor-Dennis

    Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story #1
    Plant a Pocket of Prairie #2
    Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes #3

  5. Plant a Pocket of Prairie really stands out and sounds like a beautiful book that will motivate eager kids. Loved all of your shares. Kids who love astronomy will cherish the Bright Star, Night Star book. I really loved all of your nonfiction shares. Ironically I reviewed a nonfiction book today.
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  6. Kasi

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.My daughter would prefer the books in the following order; 1. Pocket of a Prairie, 2. Bright Star, Night Star and 3. Tiny Creatures.

    My daughter absolutely loves nature!!

  7. Thanks, Mia! What a great selection of books! I’m a huge lover of nonfiction, especially lyrical nature nonfiction (I write it too). I love the title: Plant a Pocket of Prairie–so lovely. My preference would be as follows:

    1. Plant a Pocket of Prairie
    2. Bright Star Night Star (since we have a telescope, and my husband has done a bit of astrophotography)
    3.Sticks n Stones n Dinosaur Bones

    Thank you!!

  8. Nelida Hermosura

    Plant a Pocket of Prairie – 1
    Bright Star, Night Star – 2
    Tiny Creatures – 3

  9. Oh, how to choose. All of these look very interesting to me!

    Plant a Pocket of Prairie – 1
    Tiny Creatures – 2
    Bright Star, Night Star – 3
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  10. Ann

    I love nonfiction and I think you are right, it is about matching to interests.
    All three sound great! But If I had to pick… 1.Tiny Creatures 2.Plant a Pocket of Prarie 3.Bright Star Night Star
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  11. Leslie

    The astronomer in me says 1. Bright Star Night Star, 2. Plant a Pocket of Prairie and 3. Tiny Creatures, although my class would love any of them!

  12. We’ve read Plant a Pocket of Prairie and loved it. That’s my first choice. Second would be the star book and third would be the microbes book. Thanks, Mia!

  13. I would love to win all ! My preference list 1.Bright Star
    2. Tiny Creatures 3. Plant a Prarie

  14. Ashley Sikayun

    Hello, I found your site looking for book recommendations for reluctant readers. I can’t wait to explore more! I would love #1 Tiny Creatures , #2 Bright Star Night Star, and #3 Plant a Pocket of Prairie.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I am so happy to see a review of Tiny Creatures! I love this book and I am not much of a science enthusiast! I’m planning to review it in a future round up!

  16. Bright Star Night Star-1
    Tiny Creatures-2
    Plant a Pocket of Prarie-3

    The ABC Gamer one cracks me up. What a fun idea for this generation. Thanks for hosting and sharing this on the #KidLitBlogHop! Entered. 🙂
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  17. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a non-fiction picture book. These are really cool.

    2 Plant a Pocket of Prairie by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Betsy Bowen

    3 Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton

    1 Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story by Karl Beckstrand, illustrated by Luis Sanz
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  18. Thanks for sharing non-fiction PBs.
    1 Plant a Pocket of Prairie
    2 Bright Star, Night Star
    3 Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

  19. Alyssa Annico

    1. Tiny Creatures
    2. Plant a Pocket of Prairie
    3. Bright Star, Night Star

  20. Renee @ MDBR

    Awww.. “Plant a Pocket of Prairie” sounds so lovely! I’m a Prairie girl myself! Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop – I’ve tweeted about your giveaway.
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  21. Anitha Kuppuswamy

    Bright Star Night Star-1
    Plant a Pocket of Prarie-2
    Tiny Creatures-3

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