Thanks to Kid Lit Frenzy, I made a goal to read more children's nonfiction this year which I will be featuring on my blog every Wednesday.
I'm continuing to read the Nerdy finalists so I know how to vote this weekend! Here are the nonfiction books I read this week:
Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate
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I LOVED this book! I am a bird geek, and I spent many hours as a child drawing birds (why did I stop?) and raising chickens and ducks. I still love watching birds come to the feeders, especially on a snowy day like today. This book reminded me about why I love them so much! It's a very "busy" book - lots of information, drawing tips, even comics and humor. It wouldn't necessarily make a good read aloud (at least not the WHOLE thing - maybe a little at a time projected on a screen), but I can see my students pouring over it again and again. I'm definitely purchasing it for my classroom, and maybe it will inspire me to get my colored pencils out again.
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I like how Melissa Stewart and Allen Young show us the interconnections of nature. Do you like chocolate? Then you need to appreciate everything from monkeys to cocoa beans and the intricate process it takes to get to that delicious dessert. It's also an intricate process to make a book - loved Stewart's note at the end telling us how she got her ideas for this book - the research it took, its structural evolution, and how the funny little bookworms were born. These are great things to share with students!
What nonfiction have YOU read this week?