Monday, April 30, 2018

5 Faves: Expository Nonfiction Recommended by Cathy Potter

Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster by Mary M. Cerullo and Clyde F. E. Roper (Capstone Press, 2012).
Cerullo and Roper chronicle the search for the elusive giant squid in this compelling science mystery. Photographs, illustrations and sidebars full of interesting squid facts make this a high-interest title for readers all ages.
Look Up!: Bird Watching In Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate (Candlewick Press, 2013)
Written in a conversational tone, this unique field guide teaches children where and how to look for birds. Cate details all aspects of bird watching including sounds, shapes, colors and classifications. The ink and watercolor illustrations of cartoon birds steal the show.

Scaly, Spotted, Feathered, Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Likeby Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2013)
This is by far the most interesting and unique dinosaur book I have ever read. Thimmesh shares scientific theories and recent paleontology discoveries to explore the question: What did dinosaurs look like? The artistic renderings of feathered and patterned dinosaurs are amazing.

Why’d They Wear That: Fashion as the Mirror of History by Sarah Albee (National Geographic, 2015).
Albee weaves together history and science in this survey book about fashion fads from past centuries. The vivid descriptions, use of humor and interesting subject matter make this a popular title with middle grade readers.


Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead by Rebecca Johnson (Millbrook Press, 2013)
The title of this book is just screaming to be picked up and read.  In chapters alternating between narrative and expository, Johnson describes how creatures take over the bodies and brains of other animals. Parasites, worms and fungus, oh my!

Cathy Potter (@cppotter) is a middle school librarian in Maine. She co-authors The Nonfiction Detectives blog with her friend, Louise Capizzo. Cathy served on the 2014 Sibert Medal committee and the 2018 Newbery Award committee.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the recs, Cathy! I enjoyed both Look Up! and the Thimmesh book--will have to check out the others :)