Thanks to Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at Kidlit Frenzy, everyone shares wonderful non-fiction picture books.
Be sure to go here to Ruth's post at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken Town for line number twenty of the April Progressive Poem created by Irene Latham.
Three wonderful books for classrooms.
Beaver Steals Fire, A Salish Coyote Story - Johnny Arlee and Sam Sandoval
I included this as a non-fiction book because the background information shared the importance of fire in the Salish and Kootenai Tribes, shares a brief guide to written Salish and Kootenai language andinformation about The Fire History Project, this book being part of that. They also give the rules for sharing coyote stories, to be shared in the winter when snow is on the ground. This is a coyote story, one that tells how the animals stole fire from the sky so that they could be warm on earth. It comes from years of oral tradition and would be a great introduction to how different cultures use stories to teach. Additional information at the back shares how native Americans managed the earth's land through fire, encouraging more growth through the use of burning off plants and fields. The information shared is interesting about management, and how they were forced to stop when the white man took over, how much has been lost because of the changes made.