Monday, September 7, 2009

I always tried to mix books for Smarty – some works of fiction, some books about “real world”. I wanted to share my favorite non-fiction authors that I “met” in my library travels.
The first one is Byron Barton. We read a lot of his books when Smarty was under 2 years old. His stories are very simple, the drawing style is appealing to very young children, and the text is rather repetitive – something that my baby and young toddler appreciated. Unfortunately, at her ripe old age of almost 3 Smarty lost interest. We took a couple of his books from the library for our airplane topic, and she didn’t want to read any of them more than once.First Comes Spring
Another author that I really like is Anne Rockwell. I would say that her books are perfect for 3-4 year olds. The book that we are reading now is called First Comes Spring (unfortunately, Amazon didn’t have its cover image). The stories have a little bit of fantasy in them (for example, this book of seasons has bears instead of people), but the illustrations are more detailed, and the books give a good overview of the topic that they cover – preschool, seasons, planes, etc. Smarty  always enjoyed her books, and I am always looking at her section when we go to the library.
The third author of non-fiction that I encountered is Gail Gibbons. Her books are better suited for older children (at least the ones that we read so far). Smarty liked some of them better than others. For example, she really liked this one about whales, even though most of the text was way over her comprehension level. I enjoy her books though, because they have good illustrations and interesting information. I learned a lot of things about whales that I never knew before. I am sure that we will check out this and other books by Gail Gibbons many times over years.
What are your favorite non-fiction books for young children? What kind of non-fiction do they enjoy? Drop me a comment to share your experience with non-fiction literature.


Autumn said...

Byron Barton is still a big hit over here. It's funny because Tommy seems to enjoy books about a certain topic more than noticing that a book is too simple. For example, he'll enjoy a DK Eyewitness book about cars as much as a Byron Barton book about cars.

We haven't read Anne Rockwell, I'll have to check her out next time we go to the library.

Susana said...

I LOVE Barton's books for little ones! I have not read either of the other two mentioned though.

Thanks for sharing them. I am sure I will be looking into them at our library and seeing what other books these authors write as well.

LOVE your reading posts!

Keri said...

my daughter likes the non-fiction books with photographs- I have a set from scholastic books about all sorts of animals.

Kylie said...

We like Gail Gibbons as well. We also enjoy Mem Fox (aussie author) she has books for littlies and oler children.

Christy said...

Thanks for the recommendations. I like Gail Gibbons books, but I definitely leave out some of the text when I read them to my 3 and 5 year old children.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

We love all the Byron Barton books too! I'll have to check out the others next time I'm at the library.

Ticia said...

Definitely the Gail Gibbons, also Time For Kids has a lot of really good nonfiction books for kids on different topics.
Of course when I'm trying to I can't think of any others offhand.
Oh, and Seymour Simon, his are definitely for older kids, but the pictures are GREAT!