Wednesday, October 8, 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.
Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems from the Water Hole
This is a fun compilation of poems around a water hole on the African grasslands. Each poem features a different animal, focusing first on whimsical language, and then on an informational paragraph. I enjoyed the illustrations which capture the rich colors of Africa and the features of each animal.
Animal Teachers
Animal Teachers by Janet Halffman, illustrated by Katy Hudson
I loved the thick pages and beautiful illustrations in this sweet book about how animal parents teach their young. Questions that help young readers connect to the animal babies follow each description of lessons learned by baby chicks, joey kangaroos, prairie dog pups, baby cheetahs, etc. More animal facts are at the end. Kids will love this one!

PB&J Hooray!: Your Sandwich's Amazing Journey from Farm to Table
PB & J Hooray! by Janet Nolan, illustrated by Julia Patton
Where do the ingredients come from that make up a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Zany illustrations help young children understand the origins of everything that goes into one of our favorite treats. Working backward from the kitchen to the grocery store, delivery trucks, bakeries and factories, and farmer's fields, young children can learn about the factors of production.

What nonfiction did YOU read this week?




  1. Animal Teachers looks great, maybe for our animal adaptations unit??

  2. I've been noticing more and more NFPB's using poetry as a way to present the story and facts which is cool. A food theme might be fun. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love when authors are able to weave nonfiction and poetry together. My students are often asking for books about animal babies. It's good to see another one. Food books are always a winner with me. I will have to watch for that one.

  4. I can imagine Animal Teachers being very appealing to my students! All your titles here look interesting. I haven't read any of them.

  5. I've been reading so many great things about Wandering Wildebeest, looking forward to finding it in our library.

  6. I loved Wandering Wildebeest and shared it with one of my schools. The other two I just ordered. Thanks for featuring them since I hadn't heard of them.