I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of nonfiction books but, more often than not, when I do end up reading them, I end up liking them. Some of the best picture books I enjoyed last year were nonfiction- The Boy Who Loved Math, A Splash of Red, and You Are Stardust.
I guess sometimes I get confused what counts as nonfiction. Does it have to be 100% factual? What if it’s a fictionalized account of someone’s life? When I think of nonfiction for kids, I think textbook-y types but fewer pages.
I decided to participate in this year’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge because what’s one more reading challenge, right?
Here are my reviews for this week:
Lots of customers have been looking for books with strong female characters who do more than play dress up and wish to be princesses. This is a great example of a book that goes beyond the typical “girl book.” Find out about Kate Sessions who was able to turn a dry desert landscape into a green paradise.
Pair this with Me, Jane and Rosie Revere, Engineer for a sort-of Career Day type of reading for girls.
I didn’t think I would like this book as much. But I did! (And I didn’t realize the author was local.)
Linda wrote about this book. And, even just browsing through the book, it seemed like one of those titles that practically sold itself. Onomatopoeia is very popular with kids. Parents tend to love beautiful illustrations which this book definitely has. Both sets of readers will enjoy this together while learning about various types. Fascinating! Fantastic!
(I don’t think I’ve ever run across the word “moist” as much as I did with this book!)