Star Stuff, Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

For today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection, I’m sharing one of my favorite biographies. Now three years old, it still stands as a primo example of a biography for kids. Title: Star Stuff, Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos Written and Illustrated by: Stephanie Roth Sisson Roaring Brook Press, 2014, biography Suitable for … More Star Stuff, Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

Animals by the Numbers

Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection is pure nonfiction and totally engaging! Title: Animals by the Numbers, A Book of Animal Infographics Written and Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, nonfiction, 48 pages Suitable for ages: 6-9 Themes/topics: animals, graphs, charts, infographics, STEM, visual literacy Opening: Numbers help us understand our world. We … More Animals by the Numbers

Tooth by Tooth

Time for class pictures? Smile pretty! Let those pearly whites shine! Title: Tooth by Tooth, Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers Written by: Sara Levine Illustrated by: T.S. Spookytooth Millbrook Press/ Lerner, 2016, nonfiction Suitable for ages: 4-10 Lexile: 820 Themes/topics: teeth, animals, mammals Opening: Open Wide! Look at all those chompers in there. Mammal teeth … More Tooth by Tooth


How much do you know about the puzzling platypus? Title: Platypus Written by: Sue Whiting Illustrated by: Mark Jackson Candlewick Press, 2016, nonfiction Suitable for ages: 5+ Themes/topics: animals, nature, Australia Opening: Beyond the snaking bend in the creek, where the water lazes in a still green pool, a scraggly gum tree perches on the … More Platypus

Tree of Wonder

Literature, Science, and Math, OH MY! Title: Tree of Wonder, The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree Written by: Kate Messner Illustrated by: Simona Mulazzani Chronicle, 2015, nonfiction Suitable for ages: 5-8 Themes/topics: rainforest, math, animals Opening: Deep in the forest, in the warm-wet green, ONE ALMENDRO TREE grows, stretching its branches toward the … More Tree of Wonder

I’m Trying to Love Spiders

Here’s a fun approach to nonfiction. Title: I’m Trying to Love Spiders Written and Illustrated by: Bethany Barton Viking, 2015, nonfiction Suitable for ages: 4+ Themes/topics: spiders, arachnophobia Opening: I keep telling myself: “Spiders are cool.” I want to love them. Brief synopsis (from This fresh and very funny non-fiction picture book shares lots … More I’m Trying to Love Spiders

Actual Size

Title: Actual Size
Written and Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes/topics: animals, nature, size

Opening: Did you ever look a giant squid in the eye? Have you shaken hands with a gorilla or been face to face with a tiger? All of the animals in this book are shown at actual size, so you can see how you measure up to creatures both large and small.

Brief synopsis: (from How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that’s bigger than your head?
Sometimes facts and figures don’t tell the whole story.
Sometimes you need to see things for yourself—at their actual size.

Links to resources:
Activity page with math and science ideas on Parent/Teacher Resource page. … More Actual Size


I’m happy to join Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Fridays. Along with a number of other children’s writers/bloggers, I’ll be posting a recommendation for a picture book each Friday. PPBF is a great resource for parents, teachers and gift-givers. Here is today’s offering:

Title: Mesmerized
Written by: Mara Rockliff
Illustrated by: Iacopo Bruno
Candlewick, 2015, non-fiction
Suitable for ages: 6-9, grades 1-4
Lexile: 690L
Themes/topics: science, history, investigation
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