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Our family is right on the edge of the ages where kids start to drift away from picture books in favor of chapter books and middle grade titles. I’m a firm believer that picture books are for everyone, so I’m always thrilled to find books that draw in both of my readers. These new nonfiction picture books are fun titles that we all learned from.


Nonfiction Picture Books 2018

Terrific Tongues by Maria Gianferrari

Who knew you could write a whole book about tongues? It turns out that the world of animal tongues is full of fascinating facts. Tongues can be like a sword, like a straw, like a mop, and more. The story is carried by a cute monkey who investigates the inner workings of his animal friends’ tongues. With each page flip, readers are treated to some fun facts about the animals. Did you know a giant anteater’s tongue works like a whip and can snap up to 160 times per minute? You do now. Find this and more in TERRIFIC TONGUES, available from Boyds Mill Press on April 3, 2018.

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty and David Litchfield

This book is fun, fun, fun! A friendly-faced Earth gives us a brief glimpse into its short 4.54 billion years of existence. Unlike many nonfiction picture books, which provide a narrative separate from the straight facts, EARTH! combines everything into one story. This makes for much easier read-alouds, and helps the reader to absorb all of the information. EARTH! is filled with super cute illustrations, humor, and the real-deal scientific information. I highly enjoyed reading it and recommend it for elementary schoolers of all ages. EARTH! is available on January 23, 2018, from Henry Holt and Company.

Book of Bones by Gabrielle Balkan and Sam Brewster

This is a fascinating read! Explore the animal world like you never have before–by studying their skeletons. You’ll learn which animals have the smallest, largest, lightest, and heaviest bones. Each section starts with a description of an animal skeleton and gives you several clues about what animal is pictured. Flip the page to see an illustration of the animal and learn a few more facts. The raised illustrations bring a tactile element to the learning, too! BOOK OF BONES published in September 2017 from Phaidon.
nonfiction picture books
nonfiction picture books

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Repitles by Patricia Valdez and Felicita Sala

This is such an engaging new picture book biography! JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR shares Joan’s life from girlhood teaparties with lizards through her career as one of the world’s foremost experts on reptiles. Kids will enjoy learning about Joan and the reptiles she cared for–including a couple of friendly Komodo dragons! The books has the perfect amount of informative text by author Patricia Valdez, balanced with lively illustrations by Felicita Sala. JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR published on March 13, 2018 from Alfred A. Knopf.

What’s the Difference? by Emma Strack and Guillaume Plantevin

This is the type of book Lu and Bean can page through over and over again. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? shows 40 pairs of seemingly similar things, and then compares and contrasts. What’s the difference between Antarctica and the Arctic? White chocolate and milk chocolate? Noodles and pasta? (Wait, there’s a difference between noodles and pasta?!) Page through these pairs to become an expert in the particulars of animals, foods, geography, fashion, the human body, and cities. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE published on July 10, 2018 from Chronicle Books.

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