Some of these are not strictly nonfiction but I felt they were informative enough to include in this list. They are in no particular order. Click on the titles to read the reviews.
Coming to Canada: Building a Life in a New Land by Susan Hughes.
This is a nonfiction history book is organized into easy-to-read sections. Is quite up to date and inclusive. It begins with the arrival of the aboriginal peoples. It follows through with the Acadians and the Great Expulsion, an example of how prejudice and politics can destroy the lives of ordinary people. Throughout the book, it honestly shows the cruelties and failures done while building our country.
A is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet by Anthony D. Fredericks. Illustrated by Laura Regan.
This is not an alphabet book for preschool or kindergarten children. In fact, calling it an alphabet book could be misleading. It is, in fact, an extensive resource book for information about rainforests.
Why I Love Canada. Illustrated by Daniel Howarth.
I really liked this book until I researched it because of a small notation on the cover. Now I love it. Each of the sentences was written by a child in Alberta. (That explains the buffalo.) The illustrator then took the sentences and created the book. This is the kind of think I loved doing when I was a primary teacher. Children have a wonderful way of noticing the beautiful.
Eating Green by Molly Aloian.
Although this picture book is written for children, it is a reminder for people of all ages of the impact of our choices.
Herds of Birds Oh How Absurd! by S.J. Bushue and Deb McQueen.
Readers learn that deer, dinosaurs, elephants, hippos, horses, kangaroos, llamas, moose, pigs, reindeer, seals, walruses, yaks, and zebras all travel in herds. But porcupines, flamingos, hamsters, alligators, butterflies, lions, toads, ferrets, geese, nightingales, dolphins, penguins, hummingbirds, and monkeys are identified by a different collective noun.
Seasons of Joy: Every Day is For Outdoor Play written and illustrated by Claudia Marie Lenart.
The book explores the four seasons, three pages dedicated to each one. The story is written in poetic prose and although there are occasional rhymes, it does not try to be a rhyming book. On each page, children participate in imaginative, child driven, outdoor activities.
Can You Say Peace? By Karen Katz.
Each double-page spread has the name of the child and the country she lives in on the left with a full-page bright illustration. A close-up of the child’s face on the is right with the words on how to say peace in their language with a pronunciation guide.
Monday – Favorite adult book
Tuesday – Five Favorite Young Adult Books
Wednesday – Five Favorite Middle Grade Books
Thursday – Seven Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books
Friday – Fifteen Favorite Fiction Picture Books