My Seven Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books I Reviewed in 2017

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.

 

THIS WEEK

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

 

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One thought on “My Seven Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books I Reviewed in 2017

  1. Happy New Year Ms. Ferrante! I am honored that you included “Herds of Birds, Oh How Absurd” on your favorite reviewed nonfiction list. I enjoy all your reviews, interviews, and blog posts. I am so grateful to you and all the wonderful people who help inspire children. You are simply amazing! Thank you!

    On a personal note, I am in the process of updating my website and logo to include more details of what I do. In 2017 I began adding curriculum enhancement guides for several of The Little Fig bilingual books and guides for other publishers. I also helped authors and illustrators package their children’s books and sold them to larger publishing houses for world-wide distribution. I partnered with a university in developing 2 courses, one for writing children’s book biographies and the second semester course for art students to illustrate them. Courses are scheduled to begin this fall. I look forward to the world of possiblities in 2018.

    Have a great day.
    Sherry

    S. J. Bushue
    P.O. Box 26073, Overland Park, KS 66225
    cell: (913) 226-6099 fax: (913) 239-9350
    http://www.thelittlefig.com | sherry@thelittlefig.com

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