Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Non-Fiction Wednesday, #NFPB2014

Thanks to Alyson at KidLitFrenzy for hosting this weekly challenge.  There are so many wonderful non-fiction picture books these days - I just don't want to miss any of them!

I absolutely love the following 2 books.  Both are illustrated using collage and both are about birds.  One takes place in a tropical paradise and one takes place in the Arctic Tundra.

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

This book tells the story of the Puerto Rican parrot which nearly became extinct.  The author weaves together both the history of Puerto Rico and the parrots' struggles to survive along with the story of how scientist worked to save this beautiful bird.  If I ever get to Puerto Rico I know I will find a way to view these special creatures.  I wish I had read this book before I had finalized my Mock Caldecott list because I would have surely included it among my favorites.

This book has been on my TBR list for awhile and my library finally got a copy.  The story of how the Godwit migrates from the Alaska to New Zealand is told in narrative fashion.  The accompanying illustrations are beautiful.  I just love collage.  It makes me want to try this type of illustration with my students, or try it myself!  I especially love the author's note at the end that explains her inspiration for the book.  She actually grew up in New Zealand and describes how the community welcomed the Godwit back to celebrate the arrival of spring!

Both of these books would make great additions to any study of birds, migration, seasonal change and even Social Studies.

I highly recommend these books.  Have you read any good non-fiction lately?


  1. Oh my! I love the look of The Long, Long Journey. I need to seek out this title as I love sharing wonderful books on migration. I am intrigued about the illustrations as well. Looks like the perfect book to art project! Have you read Is this Panama? I reviewed it here:

  2. Thanks for the title, it sounds great. I've added to my goodreads list.

  3. I just read Parrots Over Puerto Rico and now I have to go find The Long, Long Journey. Thanks for joining in.

  4. I'm familiar with Susan L. Roth's other works and Parrots Over Puerto Rico looks interesting even thought I don't like birds.