Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nonfiction Wednesday

I'm excited that Alyson Beecher, at Kid Lit Frenzy, is continuing her Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge for the third year in a row.
Here is the children's nonfiction I read this week:

With very few words, Chin teaches us about the magic of gravity. Beautiful illustrations and a sense of fun make this a great book to add to your classroom library. Good information about gravity completes the book at the end.
A Boy and a Jaguar
Oh wow. This book gave me chills! Alan Rabinowitz is a stutterer but could always talk easily to animals. His disability turned out to be a gift and now he is an advocate for both wildcats and stutterers. Amazing. Pair this up with the historical fiction novel Paperboy by Vince Vawter.
A Walk in Paris
I enjoyed walking through Paris with a young girl and her grandfather, reading about French and Parisian culture and sites. The illustrations are lively and reminiscent of Madeline stories. I was fortunate enough to visit Paris several years ago, so it was fun to read about and see all the places where I got to sightsee. I would like to have this book in my classroom library.

Our walk through Paris, seeing some of the same things mentioned in the book:
We got to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre!

Seine River cruise

Notre Dame

The Louvre

The Eiffel Tower lit up at night

Pompidou Center

Getting dinner at the patisserie and market
Paris is such a wonderful city!
Off to read what nonfiction YOU read this week!


  1. Holly -- you added new books to our stack! Really interested in A Boy and A Jaguar - loved Paperboy! Thanks
    Clare and Tammy

  2. I still need to read Gravity, & wish I'd known about A Walk In Paris a few months ago as my son & family were there! Love seeing your pics, too, Holly!

  3. Hi Holly, A Boy and A Jaguar is in my bag right now. I am sitting in a class and really want to read it.

  4. I have The Paperboy to read, it will be interesting to read after reading A Boy and A Jaguar. I just left a comment on Alyson's page that I think that one was my favorite so far this year! I'll have to check out the book about Paris. I've never gone but it's on the bucket list!

  5. I am at the library right now and I will be getting A Boy and a Jaguar before I leave!

    I just got A Walk In Paris at the library a few days ago but haven't read it yet. I'm really looking forward to it!

  6. Oh, Paris, a magical place. I had the privilege of going on an anniversary trip about 16 years ago. Wonderful trip!
    Are you going to do a spiritual journey link up tomorrow? I am traveling today but want to try to write something tomorrow. Send me an email or FB message. Thanks.

  7. These look like three amazing books. Thanks for including the video. A Boy and a Jaguar looks so good.

  8. I love the variety of your picks, and was reminded I need to read Gravity. Also loved your Paris pictures! I'm lucky to live near the Eric Carle Museum where there will be a Bemelmans exhibit this fall, and as a long time Madeline fan am excited. Those illustrations are reminiscent of his work for me, too.

  9. What a great set of photographs from Paris - so much fun to be traveling with family. I hope we'd have Gravity in our library soon. :)