Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Non-Fiction Plus Sibert Contenders

         Thanks to Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at her blog, Kidlit Frenzy.   
         Come read to discover everyone's recent non-fiction picture books.
       Tweet - #NFPB15

        I have a giveaway of a Christmas book here. Come check it out!

             I'm just reviewing two new books today, but also listing some previous books read that are contenders for the Sibert award. Here is Alyson's post that explains the criteria. 

Take a look if you can to the following books. Click on the title to see my reviews. These are my favorites of quite a long list. This time I focused on animals, and will share more next week!



Big Red Kangaroo - Claire Saxby and Graham Byrne
Dirty Rats? - Darren P. Lunde and Adam Gustafson
The Most Amazing Creature In The Sea - Brenda Z. Guiberson and Gennedy Spirin
I'm Trying To Love Spiders - Bethany Barton 

A Bird Is A Bird - Lizzy Rockwell
         Four things make a bird, and Lizzy Rockwell shares this well for student just beginning to learn about birds. In a rhythmic text, "A bird is a bird" when it has two wings, a beak, feathers and comes from an egg. Through pictures of the numerous kinds of birds and brief text, the book examines each of those four attributes to determine what IS a bird. The illustrations are gorgeous. A favorite is one double-page spread of the Andean Condor. There's lots of learn and see in this book!
Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews - Kathleen Benson and illustrated with paintings by Benny Andrews
          Benny Andrews’ life is an inspiration for what one person can do with passion and caring. He grew up in Georgia, son of a large family, poor sharecroppers, but he persisted with his mother’s help, and went on to high school, college, then art school in Chicago. His story in this book is told from beginning to end by his own paintings, beautiful figure paintings, some cut-outs placed on the background. They are beautiful, as is the story of his life. He helped, taught, brought art to many, including those in prison and to the children after the tragedy of Katrina, believing that everyone needs art.



8 comments:

  1. Oh! I need to know more about this man, and read this book. Thanks for posting, Linda.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This is someone I didn't know about either, Teresa, and it's a great book.

      Delete
  2. Benny Andrews isn't anyone I've ever heard of before so I was surprised to read a life whose made such an impact in the world of art. I liked the use of his paintings to tell his stories since that was his way of telling other's stories. I appreciated all the additional information at the back of the book.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hadn't heard of him, either, Earl. What a wonderful story this is. Thanks.

      Delete
  3. When I read the Benny Andrews book the first time, I hadn't realized the art was his. It totally changed my experience of the book to read it again knowing that it had been written around his art.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Is beautiful, isn' it? A friend loaned it to me and I'm so glad she did. Thanks, Annette.

      Delete
  4. A Bird is a Bird was one I purchased for my classroom - we will read it in more detail later - for now, we used it to inspire some adorable stacked bird drawings!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I thought it was a lovely book, giving the basics and entertaining too. Thanks, Carrie.

      Delete

Having a conversation is a good thing!