Monday, December 19, 2011
My Favorite Nonfiction Children's Books for 2011
A Nation's Hope - This book is my overall favorite for 2011. I have loved sports since the crib, and this is a spectacular book about an important sporting event. I would be delighted if it won the Caldecott Medal.
Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas - I knew back in February that this would be one of my favorites and I haven't changed my mind. The quilted artwork is terrific and the text could be used for a variety of lessons in the classroom.
What's For Dinner?: Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World - Delightfully creepy. This was a good year for the marriage of science and poetry.
The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont/My Hands Sing the Blues - I love history lessons that change your thinking. I was totally in the dark about Alberto Santos-Dumont and Romare Bearden before I read these books.
Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem - Not a feel-good story, but well worth the time invested to learn about this somber period in American history. This is excellent storytelling.
From Pie Town to Yum Yum / Cool Animal Names - Two fun books about quirky names. The first is about names of towns in the United States while the second is full of unique animal names. I need to find a pig frog in Bat Cave.
Bloody Times - This connection of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train and the multi-state flight of Jefferson Davis was difficult to put down.
Animal Naps - Another fun combination of science and poetry, this book contains my favorite photographs of 2011.
After the Kill - Not for the squeamish, this book gives you an up close look at life on the Serengeti Plain.