Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Great Nonfiction Series for Kids

Last week, I wrote about An Outstanding Nonfiction Series for Kids. I’m always happy to find great nonfiction books for kids. I think the best are two-level. They give the right amount of information – not too much but enough to be interesting – throughout the regular pages and add more information at the end. These books all do this.

These books are all from Sylvan Dell Publishing. They read like stories but are factually accurate and give follow-up resources at the end. Enjoy!

Panda’s Earthquake Escape by Phyllis J. Perry, illustrated by Susan Detwiler
This is a fictional story of a real-life earthquake. A mother panda and her one-year-old cub flee to safety when an earthquake hits.
The story is well told and the illustrations are beautiful. The last pages give information about pandas and earthquakes.

One Wolf Calls by Scotti Cohn, illustrated by Susan Detwiler
On one level, this is a basic counting and calendar book. Written in rhyme, it also gives a strong sense of what a year would be like in the
world of wolves. The last pages gives information on wolf communication (love this!), fun facts, the wolf life cycle and more information.

Turtles in My Sandbox by Jennifer Keats Curtis, illustrated by Emanuel Schongut
A young girl finds a bunch of newly-laid diamondback terrapin eggs in her sandbox. She protects them, watches them hatch, cares for them and sets them free. Reading this, you can’t help but be jealous of the girl. The last pages give terrapin facts and a craft activity.

Where Should Turtle Be? by Susan Ring, illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein
A little turtle hatches on the beach and instead of heading to the ocean, he makes a wrong turn and heads the other way. Lost, he get advice from animals along the way. In the end, he returns to his beach and the ocean. This story is told in rhyme and begs to be a read-aloud. The last pages give lots of turtle information.

Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk, illustrated by Sherry Neidigh
This is another counting book. Starting with 10 sweet gum leaves and ending with 1 quaking aspen leaf, it shows trees and animals getting ready for winter. The illustrations are beautiful and perfect for spotting details. The last pages give more information about trees.

What kind of subjects do you like learning more about? Write them in the Comments box!

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