Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a fan of nonfiction. Growing up, I loved to read (and memorize!) facts about dinosaurs and space. As a literacy teacher, I’m happy to know that local publishers are starting to come out with nonfiction books for kids that are locally contextualized. The books above are excellent examples of these. It also helps teaching reading across the content areas when you have texts about various topics.
Imagination between the lines
There’s no doubt that books, whether fiction or nonfiction, develop a person’s imagination. But there are certain books that specifically get our creative juices flowing. Here are some examples!
This book features random questions from children such as Why do we have music? Is it OK to eat a worm? How do you fall in love? How are dreams made? And in the pages of this book are heartwarming answers of adult philosophers, scientists, and more.
If is a funny book full of surprises! Every page starts with a What If scenario. What if caterpillars were toothpaste? What if feet were teeth? Whether the story on each page will delight or gross you out, it certainly opens the idea of endless possibilities.
Tell Me A Picture is a great way to introduce art to children. The book showcases different classic artworks and puts them side-by-side with Quentin Blake’s quirky cartoons. The cartoons serve as a starting point for an interesting discussion about the featured artwork.
I’m a fan of Jomike Tejido’s banig paintings and some of these have been featured as storybook art. I hope that writers continue to use the works of local artists as the medium to present a story. An Alcantara’s clay storytellers, I believe, would be great in the pages of a storybook.
So those are the top three on my wishlist. Runners-up (since I’ve been writing about them before) on the list would be: more chapter books for young children and the young adult and continue experimenting with digital and multimodal format.
I hope to see you all in the upcoming NCBD 2015 book fair this coming weekend!