Reading, Teaching, Learning

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Nonfiction Wednesday

I'm excited that Alyson Beecher, at Kid Lit Frenzy, is continuing her Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge for the fourth year in a row.
The nonfiction picture books I read this week featured wild animals that were a feast for the eyes!
Brilliant photographs of rain forest animals accompany descriptions and facts about each one. "Did you know?" questions cover interesting trivia such as "Cockatoos usually mate for life, which in the wild can be more than 40 years." I love the idea of colors to bring all these animals to life - I looked forward to turning each page to see the blue Ulysses butterfly, the yellow orb weaver spider, the red scarlet ibis, etc. More animal facts, a map of rain forests around the world, and a glossary are found in the back.
Structured around questions such as "Dear leaf-nosed bat: Seriously, is that your nose?" and answered by the animals, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page explain many outrageous features of wild animals. Steve Jenkins's paper collage illustrations of each animal's face stare right at you with expressive eyes. Interesting nonfiction text feature in the back - a look at the size of each animal compared to a human, the diet, and location of each featured creature. Another brilliant book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.


  1. Creature Features was one of my favourite 2014 titles! I haven't shared it with my class yet. But . . . can't wait to do so! Love the look of the rainforest title. I know my students would appreciate the beautiful photographs.

  2. So fun! I also really like your "camera" quote from the top. ;)

  3. I love Creature Features - a definite favorite in 2014, and kids love it.

  4. I gave the Creature Features book a couple of times at Christmas, Holly. It's wonderful. And National Georgraphic books are always good to see and to discover about so many animals, etc.

  5. I love Creature Features. I know students will really enjoy the Nat Geo book.

  6. I loved the format of Creature Features - the letters to and from the animals was so fun!