I haven’t read as many nonfiction titles as I would have liked to read this year. There are still titles on my To Read list that are likely to become favourites, perhaps even making their way on to this list. I definitely haven’t posted many #nfpb2017 posts.
Bur I have been reading and sharing and appreciating. Books from my nonfiction picture book collection are always well used and well loved. There have been some pretty amazing titles that I have had the pleasure of reading and I am sharing them here.
Here are my top ten of 2017 (published in 2017). Listed alphabetically by author.
Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton
Follow along as a reluctant bee enthusiast becomes convinced of the wonder and importance of bees. Entertaining and informative!
Penguin Day: A Family Story by Nic Bishop
This title allows us to follow a penguin family through a typical day. Incredible photographs by Bishop of Rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands.
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
Jason Chin is incredible. I believe that more and more with each book I read. Take a journey back and forth through time as you hike down, up and around the Grand Canyon.
What Makes a Monster?: Discovering the World’s Scariest Creatures written by Jess Keating and illustrated by David DeGrand
The second title in this series by Jess Keating. So. Much. Fun. Keating makes learning an adventure in the wow and wild!
This is How We Do it: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt Lamothe
What do you eat for dinner? What is school like? What is your daily routine? What do you do for fun? How do you help your family? These details define us and unite us. They make us realize how we all have similar routines even though things in our day can be vastly different. Based on the lives of seven real children from around the world.
If You Were the Moon written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Jaime Kim
What would you do if you were the moon? A poem travels line by line, page by page on one side of each two page spread and on the other, more information about the moon. Incredible illustrations by Jaime Kim accompanies a lyrical poem.
Can an Aardvark Bark? written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Created by nonfiction royalty, this book is a winner! Animal sounds. And many other cool things you might have wondered. I recently listened to Melissa Stewart talking about this book with Matthew Winner on an All the Wonders Podcast.
The Hidden Life of a Toad by Doug Wechsler
A photographic journey of the life cycle of the toad. Clear specific language, lots of essential vocabulary and incredible close up images.
If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
A nonfiction title exploring ecosystems and the importance of keeping oceans healthy. Children will develop an understanding of food chains and how living creatures are interconnected in specific environments.
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zana Hadid by Jeanette Winter
Zaha Hadid had incredible vision but having her designs come to life was a struggle. Learn more about the architect’s life in this nonfiction picture book biography. Images by Winter are spectacular.
Thanks to Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy for the inspiration to read and share more nonfiction picture books in 2017. Follow the link to Alyson’s blog to read about more nonfiction books you need to read!
I’ve loved reading your blog throughout the year. Thanks for all the great books you’ve introduced me to!
What a fantastic year for nonfiction! This Is How We Do It was such a standout for me this year, too. Happy new year!!
We have some similarities on our end of the year list! I missed MOON – I bet I have it listed under poetry so that one escaped my list!
I need to look for Give Bees a Chance.
Thanks for including MOON on your list–I’m thrilled it’s one of your favorites from the year. Half of these I’ve read and loved. I clearly need to get the other half–pronto!