I am thrilled to share my favourite fourteen nonfiction titles of 2014!
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 . . .
With each nonfiction picture book I read, I am more convinced of the importance of the nonfiction read aloud #nfpb2014 #nfforkids
— Carrie Gelson (@CarrieGelson) December 23, 2014
@alybee930 Always get excited buying new books but must admit, I get most excited about nonfiction as know it means years of learning ahead
— Carrie Gelson (@CarrieGelson) December 21, 2014
@Loveofxena @alybee930 Exactly – and helps to develop background knowledge, a sense of wonder, connections to other learning Rich reading
— Carrie Gelson (@CarrieGelson) December 24, 2014
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
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
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
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson
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?