Monday, February 26, 2018

5 Faves: Expository Nonfiction Recommended by Jen Vincent

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Kwame Alexander and Joel Sartore (National Geographic, 2017)
Kwame Alexander collaborated with National Geographic to bring us a picture book that blends stunning, unique photographs with rich language.

This is such an extensive book with so many animals represented. There are some great timelines and opportunities to look at the size of animals in comparison to a human or another reference.

Hidden Dangers: Seek and Find 13 of the World's Deadliest Animals by Lola M. Schaefer and Tymn Armstrong (Chronicle, 2017)
This is a beautiful, descriptive book about thirteen super deadly animals! It makes a great mentor text for descriptive writing in nonfiction.


Seymour Simon's Extreme Earth Records by Seymour Simon (Chronicle, 2012)
This book gives snapshots of different parts of Earth. It’s one of my favorite mentor texts for how to write an attention grabber in nonfiction. Also check out the companion title Extreme Oceans Records.

What Makes a Monster?: Discovering the World's Scariest Creatures by Jess Keating and David DeGrand (Knopf/Random House, 2017)
This book is creepy and cool at the same time. I like that it describes unique animals with a fun twist. Also check out Pink Is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals, the first book in the World of Weird Animals series.

Jen Vincent is an Instructional Coach for Mundelein School District 75 in Mundelein, Illinois. As a writer, blogger, and educator, she strives to model and share a growth mindset in everything she does. Her passion is connecting people and ideas, and she believes in the power of being a connected educator to impact teaching and learning. Jen hosts Sunday Check-Ins for Teachers Write, co-hosts the kidlit It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme, and blogs at She can be found on twitter at @mentortexts and her website is

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