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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #29

23 Jul
The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet [***]

Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet [***]


In this collection of short poems, readers are treated to very evocative language paired with stunning mixed media illustrations.

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, Illustrated by Brian Floca [***]

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, Illustrated by Brian Floca [***]


This is one book I had passed over when it first came out for whatever reason. Now, after having read it, I am delighted and fascinated not only by the story of the elephant seal who found her way home multiple times but by the animals themselves and how they’re helping explore our underwater environment!

We, the People by Peter Spier [***]

We, the People by Peter Spier [***]


Like The Star-Spangled Banner, this re-issue is chock-full of great illustrations and information including the complete Constitution, its history, and a roster of its signers. Great to have in any library.

The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening by Chris Raschka [***]

The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening by Chris Raschka [***]


Claiming to be from Saturn, Sun Ra was definitely an out-of-this world character. Although he may have marched to a different beat, whose to say he was crazy? What’s wrong with looking past people’s skin colors? What’s wrong with not participating in war? I love this quote: You may think that it is gravity that holds us all together but it is not- it is music.”

I am not a fan of Chris Raschka’s art, I’m sorry to say, but it works well here.

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6 responses to “Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #29

  1. carriegelson

    July 23, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Some beautiful titles. I want to get my hands on Firefly July – the cover is so gorgeous. I love Sweet’s style and need to bring more poetry into my classroom!

     
  2. Michele

    July 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Firefly July was my favorite out of these. Loved sharing this book with a variety of ages this year. Although Elizabeth did make me chuckle, that was one determined seal!

     
  3. Gidget's Bookshelf

    July 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I have Firefly July need to get that review written, I really enjoyed it.

     
  4. Crystal @ Reading Through Life

    July 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Firefly and Sun Ra are two that have been on my list for a while. I am looking forward to both. Thanks for the reviews.

     
  5. Myra GB

    July 24, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Cosmo Biography of Sun Ra sounds exactly like my kind of quirky book – will be on the lookout for this one. Thanks for sharing, Earl! 🙂

     
  6. Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye)

    July 24, 2014 at 5:13 am

    So glad you found Firefly July and enjoyed it. It is a great anthology.

     

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