Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Twenty Titles for Upper Elementary #nfpb2015

nonfiction picture book challenge 2015

Kid Lit Frenzy hosts my favorite reading challenge, the 2015 Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. Visit her blog to discover more wonderful nonfiction titles.

This week’s list was inspired by a pre-service teacher taking my online Children’s Literature class. Savannah is reading picture books for our class and enjoying them but wants to be sure she’s discovering titles that will work for her future upper elementary students. I think one of the beauties of the picture book is that picture books are for everyone. Nonfiction picture books for younger readers still work for older readers: my college students enjoy Lola Schaefer’s Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives or April Sayre Pulley’s Eat Like a Bear as much as Carrie Gelson‘s second graders.

But I take Savannah’s point. With upper elementary students, we may seek picture books that give us a little more to grapple with: more substantial text, more complex vocabulary and sentence structure, more sophisticated themes and topics. The picture books I’ve included on this list fit that bill: they are still true picture books, telling a story as much through image as through text, but their complexity and sophistication make them better suited for older children.

tricky vic

langston's traid ridemighty

shackleton's journey - Copy

malcolm littleright wordenormous smallness

tree of life

planting the trees of kenyajosephine

neighborhood sharks

price of freedom

oranihelens big worldafghan dreams

barbed wire baseball

separate is never equal


tsions life

she loved baseball

9 responses to “Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Twenty Titles for Upper Elementary #nfpb2015”

  1. Yes, more complex, differing ways to present information, and each offer more information, even within the illustrations. Wonderful books on this list. I do love The Right Word! Thanks, Elisabeth.

  2. I’ve got some of these fantastic titles in my upper elementary classroom, but some are new to me. I have Tricky Vic out from the public library right now- looking forward to getting to it this weekend! I’ll be sharing this list. Thank you!

  3. So many of my favourite titles are on this list!! I love picture book biographies – I find they work so well for engaging readers and really bringing historical figures to life. Some of these books are almost works of art, with their stunning and thoughtful illustrations. Thank you for sharing!

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