This year for nonfiction 10 for 10, I invite you to dive into the ocean and explore the wonders of ocean life and ocean exploration.
Thank you to Cathy Mere from Reflect and Refine, Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning and Julie Balen of Write at the Edge for hosting this meme. Click here to read all of the top ten lists shared.
This is my fifth year participating in this meme.
In the first year of #nf10for10 I shared favourite nonfiction titles – many that I have used with my class over the last few years in a variety of ways.
In the second year, I chose to focus on nonfiction picture book biographies that feature inspiring women.
In my third year, I shared nonfiction titles that allow us to think about something from a completely new or different perspective.
Last year I featured titles that allowed readers to travel the world.
Dive Down Deep! Head into the water!
Down Down Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the sea by Steve Jenkins
How can we not be intrigued at the idea that we may only have encountered half of the large animals living in the sea?
Coral Reefs by Jason Chin
In this title, being lost in a book means getting lost in a completely different world – in this case the magical world of coral reefs.
Some amazing creatures:
Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy
A mixture of gorgeously painted illustrations, detailed relevant diagrams and the story of how the great whites hunt in the Farallon Islands so successfully. This book illustrates how sharks are perfectly adept hunters, at the top of the food chain.
Giant Squid written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Such a book. I love the images, the rhythm of the text and the mystery of the still not known that is conveyed.
The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond
An incredible read aloud for children who love to be amazed by nature. I loved the illustration of the blue whale’s mouth with 50 people standing in its lower jaw!
Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor
A beautiful, lyrical story with stunning paintings by Wendell Minor. Follow this real life rescue of a humpback whale.
See What a Seal Can Do written by Chris Butterworth and illustrated by Kate Nelms
The reader is invited into the world of seals. Learn all about gray seals – how they move, how they hunt and how their body is perfectly suited to their ocean home.
Celebrating the study of the ocean and ocean life:
Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang and illustrated by Jodi Solano
“Sharks are magnificent and misunderstood!” This was Clark’s message to the world. Sharks need our respect and our protection.
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Raúl Colón
I love when nonfiction is the perfect blend of incredible story and breathtaking pictures – increases the wonder factor exponentially!
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A Nivola
The depiction of Earle’s curious childhood in the water, descriptions of moments in her life that truly shaped and changed her, beautiful and enticing illustrations and this very important message: “You can’t care if you don’t know.”
What are your favourite books about the ocean?