I'm excited that Alyson Beecher, at Kid Lit Frenzy, is continuing her Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge for the third year in a row.
I listed this book already on my #IMWAYR, but just in case you missed it, I'm re-posting. My class and I had a discussion about the genre of this book. We thought it was definitely nonfiction, but we also recognized the poetic qualities throughout: text style and shape, stanzas, some rhyme, figurative language, imagery, etc. I love that I can talk about nonfiction poetry during this National Poetry Month! I used the book to not only celebrate the Reds' Opening Day on Monday (we lost), but also to initiate discussions about creative nonfiction. I love that genre is blurred in some of the nonfiction coming out. When we have to ask, "Is this nonfiction?", it challenges us. I love longer works by Steve Sheinkin and Jim Murphy, too, who write in a way that make you feel like you're reading a novel. We are going to try our hands at writing creative nonfiction this month, so we'll be exploring some picture books that show us how it's done.