Friday, February 15, 2013

Literary Nonfiction Series for Primary Grade Writers

These books are part of the Read and Wonder series published by Candlewick Press. The books are a blend of fiction and facts focusing mostly on animals. They can serve as good models for writing.



Braun, Trudi. (2002). My Goose Betsy: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Meet a goose named Betsy who has a very special job. . . being a mother! Now in an affordable paperback format.
Text Level L

Butterworth, Chris. (2009). Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by John Lawrence. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Stunning pictures and engaging words. . . . An accomplished entrĂ©e to early science topics." 
Text Level L

Davies, Nicola. (2007). White Owl, Barn Owl: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Michael Foreman. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Few children now have access to the open woodlands and grasslands frequented by barn owls, but they can all enjoy the magic of the bird thanks to this lovely introduction.
Text Level L

Davies, Nicola. (2004). Bat Loves the Night: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Follow Bat as she swoops into the shadows--and find out why Bat loves the night
Text Level M

Davies, Nicola. (2001). Big Blue Whale: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Nick Maland. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Equally majestic as the biggest animal that has ever lived--the Big Blue Whale
Text Level N 
Davies, Nicola. (2008). Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Gary Blythe. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Follow the path of the awe-inspiring polar bear as it strives to survive in an age-old Arctic habitat threatened by global warming.
Text Level N

Davies, Nicola. (2001). One Tiny Turtle: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Jane Chapman. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Young nature lovers will eagerly page through this book to learn about the fascinating life of the endangered loggerhead sea turtle.
Text Level N

Davies, Nicola. (2003). Surprising Sharks: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by James Croft. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
AN AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK. Full of fun facts, here's a surprising book about sharks that kids can really get their teeth into.
Text Level N

Dowson, Nick. (2004). Tigress: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Jane Chapman. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
One of nature’s most magical sights emerges from camouflage in this evocative, informative story about a mother tiger in the wild.
Text Level N

Dowson, Nick. (2010). Tracks of a Panda: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Yu Rong. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
A giant panda and her baby set off on a search for a safe, sustaining home in this informative tale about an enchanting creature.
Text Level K

Doyle, Malachy. (2002). Jody Beans: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Judith Allibone. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
When Jody’s grandfather comes to visit, he brings along a packet of seeds for them to plant. Through spring, summer, and fall, Jody watches her plants sprout, flower, and grow lots of beans. Soon, as Jody’s parents await a new baby, Granda and Jody are picking the beans - and waiting for next spring
Text Level K

Frazer, Simon. (1995). The Mushroom Hunt: Read and WonderIllustrated by Penny Dale. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
The Mushroom Hunt (Read and Wonder Books)As the story unfolds, it follows a family of four as they seek out mushrooms on their walk through the woods. Interspersed through the story are facts for the curious. It concludes with a scattering of about a dozen samples of mushrooms with a comment about each.

French, Vivian. (2009). Caterpillar, Caterpillar: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Charlotte Voake. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
The text does an excellent job of describing the metamorphosis of a swallowtail butterfly, and the close-up vibrant drawings of each developmental stage are outstanding.
Text Level M

French, Vivian. (2003). Growing Frogs: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Alison Bartlett. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Follow along as an egg becomes a tadpole, a not-quite-frog, and finally a frog. RRRRIBBIT!
Text Level L

French, Vivian. (2006). T. Rex: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Alison Bartlett. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
A young boy encounters some fascinating facts -- and even more intriguing questions -- in this lively ode to curiosity.
Text Level M

French, Vivian. (2010). Yucky Worms: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Who would want to be friends with a wiggly, slimy worm? You can’t even tell which end is which! But there’s more to these lowly creatures than meets the eye. Kids are invited to find out where worms live, see how they move, and understand why gardeners consider them friends with the help of this humorous and informative look at an unappreciated — and fascinating — creature.
Text Level M


Hansard, Peter. (2001). A Field Full of Horses: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Kenneth Lilly. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Do you love horses? Do you love the way their noses are silky-soft but bristly too? And the way a horse's tail slowly swishes as he rests in the shade with eyes half-shut? Do you love to see them trot, canter, gallop, buck and rear?
Text Level M
Howker, Janni. (2002). Walk with a Wolf: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Young readers will welcome this exciting opportunity to be a part of the pack.
Text Level N

Jenkins, Martin. (1999). The Emperor’s Egg: Read and WonderIllustrated by Jane Chapman. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Try balancing an egg on your feet for two months in the Antarctic! The story of the world's most devoted dad.
Text Level O

Jenkins, Martin. (2001). Chameleons are Cool: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Sue Shields. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
The ability to change color, a sharp-shooting tongue, and skin covering your eyes--now THAT is cool.
Text Level M

Jenkins, Martin. (2003). Grandma Elephant’s in Charge: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Ivan Bates. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
An entertaining, educational look at the everyday life of a family of elephants - who never forget who's in charge. Elephants are the biggest animals on land, and they live in big families, too. So who can possibly keep them in line? Grandma! After all, she's been around long enough to know where all the best watering holes are, how to gather the tastiest food.
Text Level L

King-Smith, Dick. (2001). All Pigs are Beautiful: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Anita Jeram.  Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Oink! Oink! Pigs...beautiful? Who'd have guessed? 
Text Level N

King-Smith, Dick. (1997). I Love Guinea Pigs: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Anita Jeram. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
from Insect Detectives.
Find out why you should love guinea pigs too!
Text Level M

Voake, Steve. (2010). Insect Detective: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Charlotte Voake. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
"Gently encourages young readers to explore their natural surroundings and observe some of the more commonly found insects in it."
Text Level L

Wallace, Karen. (1998). Gentle Giant Octopus: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Mike Bostock. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Discover the mysterious, magnificent octopus! Now in an affordable paperback format.
Text Level M 

Wallace, Karen. (1996). Red Fox: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Peter MeInyczuk. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
An informative picture book allows beginning readers to follow a meadow fox on an average day. In smaller type along the bottom of the page, for older readers, is more detailed information-how, when trotting, for example, the fox leaves a straight line of prints. The whole is a fine blend of fact and factual fiction. A "Read and-Wonder" book.

Bears in the Forest: Read & Wonder (Read and Wonder)

Wallace, Karen. (2009). Bears in the Forest: Read and Wonder.  Illustrated by Barbara Firth. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Deep in a forest cave, a mother bear gives birth to two tiny cubs. Read the story of how they grow.
Text Level M

Wallace, Karen. (1994). My Hen is Dancing: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Anita Jeram. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Wallace presents interesting facts about chickens and their habits. The illustrations are excellent and the text informative. Did you know that a hen lays brown or white eggs, but never both? Information tidbits are scattered throughout the book. Part of the "Read and Wonder Series" - nonfiction picture books with a real difference.

Wallace, Karen. (1993). Think of an Eel: Read and Wonder. Illustrated by Mike Bostock. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Part of the Read and Wonder series, this book brings the extraordinary and mysterious life of an eel to light.
Text Level N




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