Friday, May 22, 2015

Informational Nonfiction for Kindergarteners

New Nonfiction

A lot of childrens book publishers are coming out with beautiful new nonfiction informational books related to the Common Core standards.  One of my, and my Kindergarten teachers'  favorites, are the Bullfrog Books imprint, published by Jump!

Everyone who sees these books wants to pick them up and look at them.  The photographs are beautiful.  The text is clear and accessible to beginner readers.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Great Read-aloud Biographies

Biographies can be extremely powerful read-alouds, as well as a segue into non-fiction.  Here are some of my all-time favorite picture book read-aloud biographies

Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull

I read it with a class of second-graders and you could have heard a pin drop as they listened.  The best part about biographies is that I can then use the power of technology to bring this great woman alive.  Here are two Youtube videos that are fabulous to show kids after reading the book:

Stories of olympic athletes overcoming great odds always make good reading.   Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee story, By Paula Yoo and Dom Lee is no exception,
especially when paired with the following footage from the 1948 and 1952 Olympics: (Sammy is about at 2:35)

A Splash of Red: The life and Art of Horace Pippin by Melissa Sweet

is a fantastic story of the self-taught artist, and can be paired with this profile from the online Museum Syndicate website

 that has photographs of Pippin as well as images of his work.