Today, I’ll focus on the final category, concept books.
These books explore an abstract idea or process, and in many cases, offer unique perspectives or new ways of seeing things. This approach works well for picture books about life cycles, seasons, animal behavior patterns, math concepts.
Here are some popular concept books to read and study:
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
Just a Second by Steve Jenkins
Lifetime by Lola Schaefer
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell
No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart
A Place for Butterflies by Melissa Stewart
Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
A Star in My Orange by Dana Meachen Rau
Trout Are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre
Next week, I’ll share a simple exercise that can help both student and professional nonfiction writers choose the best category for their next writing project.