So there I was, once again, faced with a challenge of picking only ten favorites. I decided for this event to focus on favorite nonfiction authors. I chose a favorite book for each of ten favorite authors (for most of these authors I have many favorites). Here are my picks in no particular order (although I saved my newest favorite for last). All of my choices are picture books:
The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons – Gibbons uses a unique opening structure by setting the scene before the title page, much like a movie; includes a timeline in the form of a monthly beekeeper’s yearbook.
One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh – Burleigh’s compelling writing transports the reader to the surface of the moon to experience this historical event firsthand.
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins – A visual delight for readers of all ages!
One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies – Davies takes us on one turtle’s incredible journey, using text size and font to tuck in additional facts.
Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors by Joyce Sidman – This incredible book is a collection of poems paired with informational paragraphs that trace the evolution of many organisms and species.
Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart – Science writer Melissa Stewart has written many books for young readers that help them better understand the natural world. In this book, Stewart takes us through many different habitats to find out how animals survive in the winter.
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert – Books by Lois Ehlert are must haves for young readers. This book helps deepen understanding of butterflies through the use of inviting illustrations, simple text, and additional information.
Wings by Sneed B. Collard III – Sneed is an amazing author who writes for a variety of audiences. He has many books that utilize the structure of Wings – simple text that gives the main ideas with paragraphs that elaborate the idea presented on each page; includes a glossary and suggestions for further reading.
Wings of Light: The Migration of the Yellow Butterfly by Stephen Swinburne – Steve is another prolific nonfiction (and fiction) author who writes for a variety of audiences. This book tells the story of the migration of the yellow butterfly by focusing on one particular butterfly (can be compared to One Tiny Turtle for structure).
A Slash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant – This is my newest favorite! Together with the exquisite collages of illustrator Melissa Sweet, Jen helps us learn of the struggles and successes of Pennsylvania artist Horace Pippin. Historical Notes and suggestions of additional resources extend the learning.
Thanks Cathy and Mandy for hosting!