Nonfiction Matters

The article Children’s Nonfiction Rising from the Huffington Post reminded me of two things.  My pledge to read fifty-two nonfiction titles for children this year and my slacking off on posting about nonfiction. Our library catalog allows you to search the newest additions to the library.  One subject heading is Children’s Nonfiction.  Today I judged the books by the covers and checked out eight nonfiction books.  I tried to get a variety of topics.  Below are the ones I’m eager to share with ML.

Pinecone Projects

Super Simple Pinecone Projects by Kelly Doudna – The beginning pages start with nonfiction information about pinecones in nature, which I think is a great idea.  When looking at the crafts, the first three were super simple and used at many preschools. At this point, I was unsure the book would hold ML’s interest.  Then, I reached page twenty… bobblehead pinecones.  A creative, clever idea.  From there, the ideas were perfect for ML’s age.  Pinecone art will be a part of our fall.

If It Rains Pancakes

If It Rains Pancakes:  Haiku and Lantern Poems by Brian P. Cleary with illustrations by Andy Rowland – I’m familiar with the haiku form of poetry.  This spring I did several posts about them.  This new book tweaked my interest because I wasn’t familiar with the term lantern poems.  I’m co-chairing the Poetry Celebration at ML’s school again this year.  Can’t wait to share lantern poems with the students.  Here’s one from the book.

— ah-CHOOOO —
out of my nose

Magic School Bus Presents Wild Weather

The Magic School Bus Presents Wild Weather by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen – ML’s been a Magic School Bus fan since she was three.  This nonfiction companion to the original Magic School Bus series includes the fun characters from the books and beautiful color illustrations.  The library owns five titles from this new series.  I’m checking out all five for ML.

Park Scientists

Park Scientists:  Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard by Mary Kay Carson and photographs by Tom Uhlman – The text of this book will be difficult for ML to read.  But it provides a great opportunity for me to share about my trips to various National Parks.  Three parks are featured – Yellowstone, Saguaro and Great Smoky Mountains.

Mysterious Patterns

Mysterious Patterns:  Finding Fractals in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell with photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell – One thing I love about children’s nonfiction is I am always learning something new.  If I learned about fractals in school, I’ve forgotten about these cool patterns.  Broccoli florets, trees, river systems and so many other fractals in our world.

See What a Seal Can Do

See What a Seal Can Do by Chris Butterworth and illustrated by Kate Nelms – Seals flump.  If you don’t know what that means, this book is perfect for you.  Who knew seals breathe out when taking a dive? These days most nonfiction we receive include glossy colored illustrations.  This book with mixed media illustrations looks and reads like a picture book.  Many nonfiction books aren’t great read alouds to a group.  This one works perfectly.

Space Exploration

Space Exploration:  It Is Rocket Science created Basher and written by Dan Green – If this book was in alphabetical order, I would call it an in depth dictionary on rocket science.  From space shuttles to Venus Express to Cassini-Huygens to space tourists and more, you can learn about the equipment and people exploring outer space.  I’m not a space expert so it was interesting to have all these things described in an easy to understand format.

National Geographic Student Atlas

National Geographic Student World Atlas – As a child, I loved to explore the globe we owned.  Spinning it and stopping it with my finger to see which country it landed on.  When this new atlas appeared at the library, I was intrigued.  Back in the day, I could name most of the countries in the world.  There were some countries I was unfamiliar with in this atlas… Eritrea and Tajikistan to name two.  No doubt if ML memorizes all the countries names, there will be different countries when she is an adult.  My favorite part of the book is the Flags & Stats pages at the end.

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