I so often agonize over this list, my favourite nonfiction titles of the year. Which titles should go on my favourites list? I have a very special spot for nonfiction picture books and LOVE being part of this Wednesday community hosted by Alyson Beecher.
I literally ran out to the library to pick up holds in the middle of writing this post to squeeze in a few more nonfiction reads. Then, I tried reading and blogging at the same time. I have mastered reading and folding laundry (although the sock matching often goes south) but reading while typing is a tad too challenging. So I took some breaks, read a few more books and made a few changes. Finally, 20 favourites emerged.
I always have a love of picture book biographies I might share in my classroom. So these featured big on this list.
In Mary’s Garden by Tina and Carson Kugler
The Sky Painter written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Aliona Bereghici
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael López
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Julie Morstad
After experiencing water shortages this year on the rainy south coast, water is also on my mind. I found relevant and wonderful 2015 titles.
Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin
And then there are always certain nonfiction topics I am obsessed with: nests and eggs, whales, plants and seeds, endangered animals, Australian animals and rocks. I found titles that covered most of these things from 2015’s offerings.
The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond
Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor
A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
Big Red Kangaroo written by Claire Saxby and illustrated by Graham Byrne
Emu written by Claire Saxby and illustrated by Graham Byrne
Counting Lions: Portraits from the Wild is written by Katie Cotton and illustrated by Stephen Walton. Virginia McKenna (from the Born Free Foundation)
A Rock Can Be . . . by Laura Purdie Salas with illustrations by Violeta Dabija
Others that stood out are of course by favourite nonfiction writers Nicola Davies and Steve Jenkins
I (Don’t) Like Snakes written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Luciano Lozano
Books published by Flying Eye books are often hugely beautiful and extremely interesting. This one about monkeys completely charmed me.
Mad About Monkeys by Owen Davey
What are your favourites of 2015?
Thanks to Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy for the inspiration to read and share more nonfiction picture books in 2015. Follow the link to Alyson’s blog to read about more nonfiction books you need to read!