Alyson Beecher over at Kid Lit Frenzy hosts a Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge and has a roundup every Wednesday. I love the encouragement to explore more non-fiction. I am thankful that she has this challenge because I know I have read more nonfiction texts as a result.
This is my first post for 2016. The past two years I participated and have read around 80 nonfiction picture books each time. This year my goal is 100.
Pelé, King of Soccer/Pelé, el rey del fútbol
written by Monica Brown/illustrated by Rudy Guitérrez
This book shares the life and career of Pelé. He is a legend. Many of my students love soccer so I'm happy to have this book for them to learn about this amazing athlete. The illustrations are vibrant and energetic. The text is exciting and informative at the same time. The text is also bilingual which is something I love. We have students in our school with two or more languages represented at home and I always enjoy having books that reinforce bilingualism and show that it's a positive thing and is something to celebrate. This is an older title, 2009, but I was happy to discover it.
This book will pair well with a few fiction picture books that I already use in my classes:
The Sock Thief written by Ana Crespo/illustrated by Nana Gonzalez
Soccer Star written by Mina Javaherbin/illustrated by Renato Alarcão