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? 

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