NF 2019 Picture Books

In 2020 I’ve read a few dozen “lists” of the best picture books of 2019. Instead of making my own list I decided to give you a peek into some of these 2019 picture books so you can decide for yourself. Whether you are looking for books that parents, children or teachers can enjoy look no further! Today I share my reactions to a few 2019 nonfiction picture books. Great information for teachers.

In March and April I’ll share more fiction books.

In January I posted about a few 2019 picture books here if you’d like to read those. Thanks!

The Important Thing about Margaret Wise Brown was written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Sarah Jacoby. It was published by Balzar & Bray (of Harper Collins.) I like it. However, in my opinion, this is an illustrated book, not a true picture book. It has 40 pages of text and is for reading aloud to third graders and up, I think. It contains interesting details about Margaret Wise Brown’s life and definitely reiterates that the most important thing about her was that she wrote books.

Planting Stories-the Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré was written by Anika Aldamuy Denise and illustrated by Paola Escobar. Harper (of Harper Collins) published it. I LOVE the illustrations in the picture book—so colorful and detailed. And I like the book. It is about a little-known woman who immigrated to America from Puerto Rico and her amazing influence.

Magic Ramen-the Story of Momofuku Ando is a nonfiction picture book written by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz. It was published by Little Bee Books. I like it. The text tells us why and how and when a little-know inventor developed the world-famous convenience food we call instant ramen. It was interesting. The illustrations are cute and clever. I also like that the story emphasizes Momofuku Ando’s persistence and determination. It also reminds me that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

Smile-How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry) was written by Gary Golio and illustrated by Ed Young. Candlewick Press published it. I like this picture book filled with interesting information about Charlie Chaplin. Details that older kids (third grade and up) will find interesting, too. The art is a bold portrayal of life in the early 1900s. It also throws us back into the look of silent films. But it contains more than information. It looks inside Charlie Chaplin and draws out the reasons behind his art and then tells us of his influence on entertainment and film that echoes into the present.

2 Comments on “NF 2019 Picture Books

  1. These look really interesting. I’m going to try to find them–especially the ones on Margaret Wise Brown (I always loved her books) and the one about Charlie Chaplin. Thanks for reviewing them, Jean.

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