Top 10 Nonfiction Picture Books On My Wish List #nfpb14

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My favorite reading challenge this year in Kid Lit Frenzy’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. Visit Alyson’s blog to find more great nonfiction titles for children.

For this week’s post, I decided to do something a little different: share the top 10 nonfiction picture books on my wish list.

It’s dangerous for me to make lists. First comes the list-making. That ought to satisfy. But it doesn’t.

Next thing I know, all the books on that list have somehow ended up in my shopping cart at Amazon. One or two clicks later, they’re on their way to western South Dakota. (What a wonderful world we live in! Every book I want to read is just a credit card, an Internet connection, and a couple of days away.) So by this time next week, it’s very possible that some of these titles will have moved from Wish List to Read.

iridescence of birds

The Iridescence of Birds written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Hadley Hooper

eleaor quiet no more

Eleanor, Quiet No More written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Gary Kelley

emmanuel's dream

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrted by Sean Qualls

28 days

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World written by Charles R. Smith Jr and illustrated by Shane W. Evans

tiny creatures

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton


Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Eric Puybaret

mr ferris and his wheel

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis and illustrated by Gilbert Ford

creature features

Creature Features written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

dream something big

Dream Something Big: The Story of the Watts Tower written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Susan L. Roth

handle with care


Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey written by Loree Burns Griffin and photographed by Ellen Harasimowicz






7 responses to “Top 10 Nonfiction Picture Books On My Wish List #nfpb14”

  1. Linda Baie Avatar

    I’ve read a few, & would love the others. My ‘wish list’ grows, & tomorrow begins our school book fair at a local indie bookstore-I need to work on my list of what to look for! I love the look of that Eleanor book, watched the PBS special a few weeks ago about the Roosevelts & enjoyed learning more about her. What a family! Would love the Ferris one too. I feel dumb that I never wondered why we call the ride the ferris wheel, so now I want to know all about it. Happy wishing, hm-m, reading!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      The book fair is at my kids’ schools this week too, and I am trying to find time to get over there and buy! I hate the quality of Scholastic books but love the price! So can’t ever resist buying a few things.I was thinking the same thing about Ferris wheels yesterday–why did I never wonder about that before!? And a few of these may or may not have ended up in an Amazon cart yesterday and be expected to arrive at my house on Friday!

  2. Holly Mueller Avatar

    I just saw The Iridescence of Birds, Creature Features, and Mr. Ferris on some other nonfiction link-up posts today! I read Mr. Ferris already, but I can’t wait to get ahold of the other two. I’ve never seen the Eleanor book. I MUST get that one – I love reading about her.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Doesn’t the Eleanor book look marvelous? I just read Doreen Rappaport’s bio of Helen Keller and it was excellent, so I have very high expectations of the Eleanor bio. I love reading about her too!

  3. carriegelson Avatar

    Well you know, I have a thing about lists. And wishes. A few months later when I visit the wish lists, I seem to own a few of the books. How does that happen . . .? Liking this list quite a bit! Reminds me that I want to own Handle with Care!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It really is quite a mystery, isn’t it? I was going to order Handle with Care yesterday but could only find in a very pricey library binding edition. Not sure what’s up with that. Will have to request interlibrary loan, because while I do really want it, I don’t want to buy $25 for it! And yes, a few of these are already on their way to me. Just couldn’t help myself.

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