Content Area Learning Comes Alive in Beautiful Picture Books- Part 2

By Irene Fountas

Today’s nonfiction is not simply dry facts presented as dense material. Rather you will notice that today’s high-quality nonfiction picture books are quite different from textbooks.  They are pieces of literature and often beautiful works of art.   They are more up to date, contain less overwhelming vocabulary, and dig deep into interesting topics.

Consider some of these wonderful picture books to read aloud and engage your students in real-world learning:

  • Almost Gone: The World’s Rarest Animals by Steve Jenkins
  • My Season With Penguins: An Antarctic Journal by Sophie Webb
  • An Egg is Quiet by Sylvia Long
  • A Seed is Sleepy by Sylvia Long
  • A Platypus Probably by Sneed Collard III
  • Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies
  • The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History by  Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
  • Little Lost Bat by Sandra Markle
  • Move by Steve Jenkins
As a follow up to your beautiful picture books, expand your students learning by creating a classroom library filled with informational texts. Consider filling your classroom with baskets of children’s nonfiction magazines such as
  • Cobblestone
  • Muse
  • Ranger Rick
  • Zillions
  • National Geographic News for Kids

Also consider collecting series books that are informational for your classroom library.

  • Let’s Read and Find Out
  • Rookie Read About
  • Coming to America
  • Animal Predators
  • True Books

You can make nonfiction come alive for all of your students and set them up for success across the grades with the range of extraordinary nonfiction materials available.

Want more information on using nonfiction texts in the classroom? Come to our Summer Literacy Institute this July and hear international nonfiction children’s book author Nicola Davies and others speak on this very subject.

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