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PB & J Hooray #nfpb15

February 4, 2015

PB & J Hooray written by Janet Nolan and illustrated by Julia Patton is a fun and effective picture book answering the question “where does your food come from?” Nolan tells a cumulative story beginning with a boy making himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. With short rhythmic, but informative explanations and illustrations, the trail […]

Nonfiction Picture Books Challenge

September 17, 2014

Time to catch up on sharing nonfiction picture book reading over the last few months. As usual, historical biographies and nature books dominated my choices. Bird lovers and more will enjoy Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart. Stewart highlights the many accomplishments of bird feathers from providing shade and warmth to more obscure […]

Nonfiction Picture Book March Reads

March 26, 2014

I really enjoyed and learned a lot reading Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine and illustrated by T. S. Spookytooth. The combination of comparisons and questions is an effective method of teaching children about bones. I had no idea that giraffe’s and humans have the same number of vertebrae, but I’m sure […]

Nonfiction Picture Book January Reads

January 29, 2014

A STEM theme ran through my nonfiction picture book January reads: biographies of two scientists, Kate Sessions and Albert Einstein, as well as two bird books covering parrots and godwits. Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbure, collages by Susan L. Roth Roth and Trumbure chronicle the demise of the Puerto Rican […]

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 2014

January 8, 2014

I’ve set my kidlit and yalit reading goals low (50 books on GoodReads for 2014), but I still can’t resist joining KidLit Frenzy’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge again. I’m only going to commit myself to one book a month and now that I’m no longer reading review journals regularly will definitely be gleaning ideas from […]

Nonfiction Monday: Puffling Patrol

July 23, 2012

It’s hard to beat puffins for cuteness. Cute + informative = a winning combination. Once again, Ted and Betsy Lewin’s travels bring a fascinating glimpse into a way of life I never knew existed. In Puffling Patrol, the Lewins chronicle eight-year-old twins, Dani and Erna, as they rescue pufflings on the Icelandic island of Heimay. […]

Six Month Update on Reading Challenges

July 1, 2012

I am participating in four reading challenges this year as well as a reader for the Iowa Children’s Choice Award. I’m pleased with my progress so far for all but one of the challenges. Goodreads challenge: 200 books. I’ve read 100. Right on track. This is really good because I don’t track  any of my […]

Nonfiction Monday: Bird Books

June 3, 2012

For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas and illustrated by Laura Jacques covers Peterson’s life from early childhood. From a young age he was a keen observer of nature as well as a talented artist. Inspired by Yan of Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton, Peterson taught himself bird identification […]