Nonfiction picture books “Amazing Animals” and “Amazing Insects” around the world are truly amazing

Two recently released nonfiction picture books, "Amazing Animals Around the World" and "Amazing Insects Around the World" entranced both me and my six-year-old grandson. To be honest, I wasn't sure of his reaction because while he does love nonfiction books about animals, even those aimed at adult readers, these books don't have photographs but rather … Continue reading Nonfiction picture books “Amazing Animals” and “Amazing Insects” around the world are truly amazing

Two pop-up books for children about animals and dinosaurs would make great holiday gifts

Almost all kids love pop-up books, and pop-up books about animals are sure to be a hit. "Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures" by Arnaud Roi and illustrated by Charlotte Molas and "The Pop-up Guide: Animals" by Maud Poulain and Peggy Nille are two picture books that entranced my six-year-old grandson, and he did think that … Continue reading Two pop-up books for children about animals and dinosaurs would make great holiday gifts

For young mystery lovers: a picture book and beginning readers series for using clues to solve puzzles

When I was teaching, I loved using picture books as teaching materials. The students were so entertained by the stories that they didn't realize I was sneaking in important concepts! With these mysteries for young readers, teachers can show students how to pay attention to details and how to use organized problem-solving methods to get … Continue reading For young mystery lovers: a picture book and beginning readers series for using clues to solve puzzles

Cats, a pigeon (THE pigeon), and troubled pugs star in these picture books

These four picture books all feature animals, but the messages they impart are all quite different. However, in all of them, the animals are clever and open to new ideas, and isn't that an important message we want to teach our children? The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster by Mo Willems Everyone knows the … Continue reading Cats, a pigeon (THE pigeon), and troubled pugs star in these picture books

Nonfiction biographies to inspire children

From the iconic Ruby Bridges and Colin Kaepernick to the lesser known Ethelda Bleibtrey (whom I had never heard of prior to reading this book), these nonfiction picture books will teach children about individuals from history whose determination, imagination, and strength impacted the world. So Much More to Helen! We've all heard of Helen Keller, … Continue reading Nonfiction biographies to inspire children

Picture books about our world and our universe that are perfect for libraries and classrooms

These three picture books are about the world around us and while two of them focus on our planet and what makes it special, the third book ventures outside our solar system and imagines what might happen if a black hole ended up in a student's desk. Only One by Deborah Hopkinson and Chuck Groenink … Continue reading Picture books about our world and our universe that are perfect for libraries and classrooms

Nonfiction animal picture books for back-to-school adventure and learning

Teachers love using picture books to teach concepts to students from kindergarten through middle school. Picture books are usually easy to understand, and the visuals help all kinds of learners access the information. They can be entertaining as well, so children learn reading is fun, not work. Here are some wonderful new picture books to … Continue reading Nonfiction animal picture books for back-to-school adventure and learning

‘Every Dog in the Neighborhood’ by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell: A story of activism…and dogs

Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell "Every Dog in the Neighborhood," acclaimed author Philip C. Stead and award-winning illustrator Matthew Cordell's new collaboration, is much more than it would appear to be by looking at the cover. Yes, it's about the many and varied types of dogs in a … Continue reading ‘Every Dog in the Neighborhood’ by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell: A story of activism…and dogs

Children’s books for Black History Month and every other time of year

Moving Forward by Chris Barton If I were going to teach a unit on prejudice, I'd start with a fabulous picture book, "Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates," by Chris Barton and Steffi Walthall. There are many, many wonderful nonfiction books aimed at middle grade readers, books which … Continue reading Children’s books for Black History Month and every other time of year