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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Complete!

October 28, 2012


Ten months removed from eagerly signing up for reading challenges around New Year’s, things are going pretty well. I thought I had finished my Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge last week with Heroes of the Surf , a story of the precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard by Elisa Carbone, but when I looked back at my parameters realized I committed to reading 25 books published 2008-2012. Oops! That dropped five titles from my list and sent me back to the shelves! No problem, there were lots of interesting 2012 titles to choose from. Here are the 25 books I read:

  • Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain, illustrated by Larry Day
  • The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
  • A Boy called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrations by John Hendrix
  • Mao and Me: the Little Red Guard by Chen Jiang Hong
  • Words Set Me Free: the Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome
  • Freedom Song: the Story of Henry “Box” Brown by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Sean Qualls
  • Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea or : the Positively True and Unfabricated Story of a Pair of Pants by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Stacy Innerst
  • George: George Washington, our Founding Father by Frank Keating, illustrated by Mike Wimmer
  • Those Rebels John & Tom by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
  • Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted what she Pleased by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • Minette’s Feast: the Delicious Story of Julia Child and her Cat by Susanna Reich, illustrated by Amy Bates
  • Puffling Patrol by Ted and Betsy Lewin
  • Picture Book of Sam Houston by David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler, illustrated by Matt Collins.
  • Bird Talk by Lita Judge
  • Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist by Gina Capaldi & Q.L. Pearce,  illustrated by Gina Capaldi
  • The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
  • Animal Baths by Beth Fielding, illustrated by Susan Greenelsh
  • Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
  • Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke
  • Hands Around the Library by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya
  • Heroes of the Surf by Elisa Carbone, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
  • I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen
  • Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jump Champion by Heath Lang, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
  • Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Ocean by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm
  • Boston Tea Party by Russell Freedman, illustrated by Peter Malone
  • Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey Fern, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

I think my favourites were Eight Days Gone, Seeing Symmetry and the two John Adams and Thomas Jefferson books, Worst of Friends and Those Rebel John & Tom. The truly enjoyable part of reading nonfiction picture books is the quick jolt of learning they provide and so often spark further exploration such as investigating more of Georgia O’Keefe’s art. It is quite likely that more reading will fall into this category before the year is out, but, for now, I will enjoy a challenge completed!

Many thanks to Kid Lit Frenzy and The Nonfiction Detectives for sponsoring the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge!

2 thoughts on “Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Complete!

  1. Abby Johnson says:

    You’ve got some on your list there that I don’t have at my library! Will be adding them to my next book order. Thanks for the head’s up. 😀

  2. Loreen Leedy says:

    Howdy! Thanks for the shout out for Seeing Symmetry! So glad you enjoyed it…after working on it, now I see symmetry everywhere!

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