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.
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
One Tiny Turtle: Read and Wonder by Nicola Davies
No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Sweet
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
Can you list ten nonfiction picture books that you would like to teach with or can’t live without?
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