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
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.
I have to confess that I thought St. Patrick’s Day was about pots of gold, leprechauns and four leaf clovers. I suppose if I thought hard about it, I would have guessed that St. Patrick was a Catholic saint. So, in a fit of curiosity and because I recently subscribed to a blog, Celebrating Holidays, to help me blog, I read the true history of St. Patrick. He’s like Joan of Arc!
So, here is the blog post on the History of St. Patrick’s Day. And here is a video if you prefer something visual. Read more…
Live cast of the awards is here! Here are the winners and honor books!
Caldecott Medal and Honor Books 2014
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
2014 Caldecott Winner
Locomotive by Brian Floca
2014 Caldecott Honor Books
Journey by Aaron Becker
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book and I are getting excited for January 27th to roll around so we can celebrate multicultural children’s books along with all of you and many wonderful parenting and children’s book bloggers! So far, more than two dozen bloggers have signed up to help us celebrate diversity in children’s books and we will be matching them up with books from publishers!
Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Books
January 27, 2014
Our wonderful sponsors include:
Platinum Sponsor: Wisdom Tales Press
Wisdom Tales publishes both children’s and teen titles and was created for the purpose of sharing the wisdom, beauty, and values of traditional cultures and peoples from around the world with young readers and their families.
World Wisdom has been publishing children’s books by Caldecott medal winner, Paul Goble, since 2005; since 2002 it has produced many acclaimed books that are well-suited for teens, especially those about the American Indians. Read more…
This fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex (T. Rex) is the mascot of Boston’s Museum of Science. He (or she) can be seen as you enter the museum, and enticed my son down two stories to the dinosaur exhibit. I mean, who can resist a life-size T. Rex?
I told my son that scientists have no idea what the skin color of the T. Rex actually was. There are no records of it so it’s their best guess. They most likely had some kind of coloring to blend in to help them hunt, but your guess is as good as mine as to pattern and color! Read more…
My son and I started reading very short non-fiction stories from GenZ Read Together, a website that makes reading together an entertaining educational experience. We get a wide assortment of non-fiction stories which include:
- vocabulary building exercises
- a hangman reveal-the-hidden-picture puzzle
- an educational video
As part of their Summer Reading program, some of my favorite educational, arts, and children’s book bloggers are hosting a Blog Tour where we come up with activities you can do at home with your kids for one of GenZ’s non-fiction stories.
We are also each hosting a giveaway so YOU can win 20 stories from GenZ Read Together. Finally, if you don’t win but want to try it out, GenZ is offering a special discount to my readers:
20 stories for $3.99!! Use promo code: SUM20
Today, my son and I read about the largest pirate treasure ever discovered, The Atocha! After 16 years searching with his family, Mel Fisher finally located $400 million dollars of gold, silver and emeralds — lost treasure from the Spanish Galleon, The Atocha, near Key West, Florida. Read more…
Please welcome my guest author Maria G. We met via social media and were conversing using the comments on my blog. I always find her comments to be thoughtful and helpful. She has a vast knowledge of children’s books and with the best recommendations so I asked her to please, please, please guest post on any children’s book topic!
Today, she is writing about nature — specifically best non fiction picture books for kids — and it just so happens that she is a non-fiction children’s book author-to-be with two books to look forward to in 2015!
Summer’s around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to learn about nature. The good news—you don’t have to journey to one of our fine National Parks to do so (though I would highly recommend it!) The answers are right in your backyard. Literally. Whether you’re a city or suburban dweller, or even if you’re lucky enough to live in the countryside, there are so many ways to observe how birds, mammals and other invertebrates have been able to adapt to urban and residential surroundings. Urban ecology is a fascinating field of study, and we can all be urban ecologists in our own neighborhoods! Read more…
This is the last installment of my school’s Summer Reading 2013 list: A Collaboration of the Newton Public School Library Teachers & the Newton Free Children’s Librarians. I wanted to share my list with you since it’s likely on your library shelves. And I’ll use your list for the same reason.
The rest of the lists are here:
Rising First Grade Summer Reading List
Rising Second Grade Summer Reading List
Rising Third Grade Summer Reading List
Rising Fourth Grade Summer Reading List
Rising Fifth Grade Summer Reading List
Rising Kindergarten Summer Reading List
Out on the Prairie by Donna Bateman
A 1 through 10 counting book featuring prairie animals of the Badlands National Park.
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
A young girl narrates her family’s move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a new trailer while they build a house from the ground up.
Sophie’s Fish by A. E. Cannon
Jake starts to worry about everything that could go wrong when he agrees to take care of his friend Sophie’s fish for the weekend.