I’ve been largely off the grid for the summer and am getting back to things now–like reading picture books, blogging, etc.! Happy to start joining back in on some
Mondays with the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge that Alyson Beecher hosts at Kid Lit Frenzy. [Addendum: Oops, that’s how long I’ve been off the grid. It’s Wednesdays, NOT Mondays. So, uh, wait until Wednesday to see the link-ups. Hehe.] Visit Alyson for the link-up to lots more posts about nonfiction picture books.
A nonfiction picture book I read recently and really liked was Miranda Paul’s Whose Hands Are These: A Community Helper Guessing Book (Lerner/Millbrook, 2015). Y’all know I adore rhyming nonfiction, and this is a fun one!
It’s rhyming, riddling, and full of vivid verbs and adjectives! One of my favorite riddles was the one for cooks:
Choose, peruse, these hands are picky.
Mix and match, these hands are sticky!
These hands flip through food-stained books.
These hands belong to gifted…
[next page] cooks!
Here’s another spread, from Lerner’s website:
This book is full of delightful language and will be a fun read anytime, but it’s especially great for discussions of community helpers and careers. And I kind of wish I had written it. I came up with a similar idea–and when I say “came up with,” I mean I thought I came up with it, but I must have had news of Miranda’s book stewing in my brain somewhere. A year later, though, I had forgotten this book had already been written. Sigh. So, happy to read it, even if I couldn’t be the one to write it–ha! Miranda Paul loves words and the world, and that shines through:>)
Also on the Lerner site, you can read an interview with Miranda and Luciana Powell, the illustrator.