|Nonfiction "Must Haves" from JoEllen McCarthy @imalwayslearnin|
Thank you to Cathy Mere, Julie Balen and Mandy Robek for hosting this exciting event.
Beware my list is more than 10. It was fun putting together this list #NF10for10.
I am excited to learn from others as I watch my own TBR list grow. Thanks to all for sharing. Would love to hear your comments.
Gene Barretta offers simple picture books filled with great information and fun facts about the infamous Thomas Edison, Leonardo DaVinci and Benjamin Franklin. My personal favorite is Neo Leo because in this book it celebrates the "ageless ideas"- found in DaVinci's notebook. Great mentor text to speak to the power of reflecting, note-making, and recording ideas. Neo Leo gives us a glimpse into DaVinci's "thinking notebook" and how such a notebook allows for endless possibilities. Trailer for Neo Leo
What list of NF picture books would be complete without mentioning the amazing work of mentor author, Seymour Simon? His books are beautiful examples filled with craft lessons to inspire reading, writing and thinking about informational texts. Seymour Simon has a great website and can also be found on Twitter sharing kernels of wisdom to get students thinking.
A few of our favorites are below:
Can't wait for his newest title to be released in April:
Steve Jenkins inspires us to wonder and to ask questions about the world around us. He inspires us to explore ideas and to want to learn more.
"Every book starts with an idea. Usually the idea is really a question..."
Looking forward to his newest title where he collaborates with Marty Crump:
Nicola DaviesNicola Davies's book have a way of informing and entertaining the reader as she explores topics kids can't get enough of like-- the unmentionable poo or parasites such as head lice below: (Kids want to know more...) http://www.nicola-davies.com/
You can hear Nicola speak about her love for animals and her inquisitive nature on her website:
More Mentor AuthorsMarissa Moss is the author of many amazing biography picture books about influential women in history. Some favorites include: Brave Harriet, Mighty Jackie and Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds: a Civil War Hero. Her newest title is a NF picture book about Kenichi Zenimura a Japanese American who played with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and brought baseball to the internment camps: Barbed Wire Baseball.
Laurie Halse Anderson has a favorite about powerful women in history.
Other authors of nonfiction biographies I had to include in the #NF10 for10:
Tanya Lee Stone
A Little Something Extra
What Color is My World by Kareem Abdul Jabbar is a hybrid text with a parallel story, fun facts and additional "reports" included. This book explores African American Inventors. The additional inserts are an added bonus that serve as great examples of writing with voice.
Poetry and Informational TextFinally this list would not be complete without mentioning the authors of poetry books that we often include in our informational text sets:
Lee Bennet Hopkins
J. Patrick Lewis