Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Behind the Books: A Look at Concept Books

For the last few of weeks, discussing what I consider to be the four main categories of children’s nonfiction literature (life stories, survey books, specialized nonfiction books, and concept books). You can scroll down to see the earlier posts.

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.

Stay tuned.

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