Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Fourteen favourites of 2014 (Part 2)

I am thrilled to share my favourite fourteen nonfiction titles of 2014!

2014 Nonfiction Picture Books

I love books. As in absolutely adore, frequently gush over, make piles, make lists, always reading kind of #booklove devotion. If you had asked me to talk favourites a few years ago, a nonfiction title would have made it on the list here and there. I have always appreciated the power of the nonfiction read aloud but . . . it wasn’t until I began participating in the nonfiction picture book challenges organized by Alyson Beecher (from Kid Lit Frenzy) that I have become absolutely smitten with nonfiction titles.

I have been busily tweeting about this as of late . . .

I am thrilled to renew my commitment to nonfiction reading by participating in the #nfpb2015 challenge! The more nonfiction I read, the more I learn and the more my students ultimately benefit.


More about my favourites of 2014. If these titles are not on your already read and loved or must read radar, consider adding them to the list!

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by G. Brian Karas


The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Right Word

Gravity by Jason Chin


Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton


Weeds Find a Way written by Cindy Jenson-Elliott and illustrated by Carolyn Fisher


Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill


Eye to Eye: How Animals See The World by Steve Jenkins 


Creature Features: 25 Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page


Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and their Parents by Lita Judge

Born in the Wild

A Boy and A Jaguar written by Alan Rabinowitz and illustrated by Cátia Chien 


Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy 


Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen

winter bees

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson

star stuff

Feathers Not Just for Flying written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen


I have included picture books here but must also note that Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cats written by Sy Montgomery with photographs by Nic Bishop was an absolute favourite of the year.


I am also pleased to report that I more than met my goal of reading 65 nonfiction picture books this year. Grand total: 144 titles! 🙂

What are your favourites of the year?

9 thoughts on “Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Fourteen favourites of 2014 (Part 2)

  1. Love your choices! I keep kicking myself when I read these lists – there are some I should have picked. Ha. But then I’d have top 15 or 20 instead of 10. The only one I haven’t read on your list is Tiny Creatures. I must fix that! 😉

  2. I have Star Stuff from the library right now. I’ll read it within the next couple of days. I’m glad you spotlighted Shackleton’s Journey. I looked for it at my library for months but no luck…. Just looked it up and it’s being processed! Yea, it’s on hold for me now 🙂

  3. This is an awesome post! I teach middle school and frequently forget about the importance of nonfiction because at that age, it tends to not be so important to them! Reading it out loud….as suggested by your tweet… such a great way to make it more interesting!

  4. Pingback: 2015 Mock Sibert: Considered Nonfiction Picture Book Titles | Unleashing Readers

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