Friday, February 19, 2016

#nf10for10 - Read Alouds for Nonfiction Notice and Note

After vacation, my colleague and I are planning to launch the three key questions from Reading Nonfiction Notice and Note with her fourth grade students.  

For this Nonfiction Picture Book event, I decided to collect ten picture books that would inspire students to ask:

What surprised me?
What did the author think I already knew?
What changed, challenged, or confirmed what I already knew?

Our hope is to use picture books to introduce each of these questions.  It was very difficult to narrow my collection of nonfiction picture books to only ten titles!  Below are ten of my favorite picture books that encourage students to read with a questioning stance.  

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade 
by Melissa Sweet

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla 
by Katherine Applegate

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation 
by Duncan Tonatiuh

Growing Up Pedro 
by Matt Tavares

I Am Rosa Parks
by Brad Meltzer

Handle With Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey
by Loree Griffins Burns

No Monkeys, No Chocolate
by Melissa Stewart

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France
by Mara Rockliff

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
by Lindsay Mattick

Can We Save the Tiger?
by Martin Jenkins


  1. No Monkeys, No Chocolate is such a great book, but then all of these are. Who can resist chocolate?

  2. I love the premise behind this list, the questions for students and your list, of course.
    Apples with Many Seeds

  3. Many of my favourites are here! A lovely list