Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10: #NF10for10

Cathy at Reflect and Refine and Mandy at Enjoy and Embrace Learning began #pb10for10 in 2010 and this nonfiction version (#nf10for10) in 2013.

I participated in the #pb10for10 in 2010 and 2012 and this is my first time participating in #nf10for10.  Shocking, considering that I tend to read more nonfiction picture books than fiction (I think!). In fact, if you look at my #pb10for10 lists you’ll see that I chose a few nonfiction picture books even back then!

So without further ado, here are ten of the nonfiction picture books that I cannot live without, because I’d want to teach with them (in no particular order, of course)!

Meghan McCarthy does a fantastic job of writing interesting biographies of people that young children will want to learn more about. 

Earmuffs for Everyone!: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs by Meghan McCarthy
Earmuffs for everyone

Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy

Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy

Animals are always a great topic of interest to students and here is a collection of nonfiction picture books that tell the story of very special animals: a silverback gorilla, Galapagos turtles, loggerhead turtles, and monkeys.

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate

Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George
galapagos george

One Tiny Turtle: Read and Wonder by Nicola Davies
one tiny turtle

No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Sweet
no monkeys no chocolate

The last three books on my list are related to American history.  The Transcontinental Railroad, the Underground Railroad, and an event in the Civil Rights movement. 

Locomotive (Caldecott Medal Book) by Brian Floca

Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole (a wordless picture book)


Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards) by Andrea Pinkney Davis sit in

Can you list ten nonfiction picture books that you would like to teach with or can’t live without? 

©2015 by Dawn Little for My Learning Life. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

5 thoughts on “Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10: #NF10for10

  1. Dawn,
    I love love love your list. I’m always happy to see you joining the conversation because I know how much you keep up with picture books. I always look forward to your suggestions.

    Were you able to link your post to our new Google community?

    I know your selections would be valuable to the resource the community has created. You can add older posts as well. I apologize if you have already done this. I’m trying to make sure we don’t miss anyone — and there are a lot of people. I would rather check in than miss your contribution.

    If you need help, contact me on Twitter or Facebook. ;o)

    Thanks for joining the fun,


  2. Dawn – So many great titles on your list! I love Meagan McCarthy books – but didn’t know about her bubble gum book! I’m a huge fan of Nicola Davies so happy to see she is on your list as well! I included No Monkeys, No Chocolate on my NF 10 for 10 as well! What a great book! Thanks for sharing!


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