Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge - January 9, 2013

So far, I'm off to a great start! I've read a total of 5 nonfiction picture books this week towards my goal of 52. I've decided that I'm going to try to share a lot of these with my first graders, too, because I am consciously aware of the fact that I don't share enough nonfiction with them!

Because so many of us are wishing for some snow, I shared these three books with my first graders this week.

National Geographic Kids - Winter Wonderland by Jill Esbaum (published in 2010)
This one is a narrative nonfiction book told from Winter's perspective. It was an "easier to read" type of book but still had a lot of great language to share. We especially liked discussing how Winter can be sneaky, as the book suggests.

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino (published in 2009)
There was a lot of incredible information in this read. We shared it using Tumblebooks, which I think helped to engage some of my struggling readers. I even learned new things about snow in this one!

Who Likes the Snow? (Exploring the Elements) by Etta Kaner (published in 2006)
This is another narrative nonfiction book which was also read using Tumblebooks. I really liked that it gives the story portion, poses a question/wonder, and then provides answers/information.

I have a plan for the upcoming week but am also looking forward to getting suggestions from other participants! Also, be sure to check out Alyson Beecher's Kit Lit Frenzy, the host blog of this event.


  1. Laura - Yay on 5 books read towards your 52. I need to check these out. Don't use a lot of books on snow in Southern California but as a native of New England I still love snow.

    1. Thanks, Alyson! I wish we had more snow this winter, but these books are helping to make it feel a little more like winter!

  2. Laura~
    I am late in finding this post, but its exactly what I need right now! After reading your post I started a Listmania - Non-Fiction Picture Books. I am looking forward to adding more titles as you post!

    You can view the list here!

    1. Thanks, Deb! I hope I can continue finding lots of great nonficiton.