Monday, April 23, 2018

5 Faves: Expository Nonfiction Recommended by Lisa Maucione, Earth Day Edition

I chose five favorite expository nonfiction books about our planet Earth. Our planet, our home, is an amazing and complex place, as readers can learn within the pages of these books. In addition to providing information, these books are favorites because they celebrate our Earth, remind us how precious it is, and nudge us to be kind to it.

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty (Holt, 2017)
Earth, who is both informative and entertaining, tells the story of her life. This book gives young readers an introduction to our planet, telling facts about how it works and how it has evolved. It's also a celebration of the place we call home with a reminder to take care of it. 

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman (Greenwillow, 2017)
Numbers are used to explain facts about our universe and planet Earth. This book will ignite reader’s curiosity and their sense of wonder about the world. The use of numbers illustrates just how vast our world is. In the note at the end of the book, the author explains how he researched and estimated to arrive at the numbers in the book.

Looking Down by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003)
Even though this book is wordless, I classify it as expository because it provides information about how our Earth looks from a great distance and close up. It begins with an astronaut’s view of Earth which then, over the pages of the book, turns into a closer and closer view. Turning each page to see a closer look at our Earth is interesting, but can also lead to discussions about our planet and its place in the universe.
Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies (Candlewick, 2017)
Nicola Davies explains that there are many different kinds of living things on our planet Earth. This book not only shows the great diversity of life, but also that there is life in places we may not even think to look and there is a connection among living things. This book is one that will inspire wonder, but also prompt readers to reflect on the role we play among living things.

Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm (Blue Sky Press, 2017)
The sun is the narrator of this book that explains the role of the sun in the water cycle process, which makes it possible to have life on our planet. The authors provide factual information with descriptive language that sounds like poetry. This book explains concepts related to the water cycle and shows the importance of water in our lives.

Lisa Maucione is a literacy specialist at DeMello School in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She is an active member of the Massachusetts Reading Association, currently serving as Publicity Chair. You can read about the books she is reading on her blog Literacy on the Mind. You can also follow her on Twitter @DrLMaucione.

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