2023 Nonfiction Picture Books Reviewed

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Maternal Marvels
They are master pretenders, architects, providers, healers, and transporters. Authors Heather Lang and Jamie Harper have collaborated to provide readers with the inside scoop on marvelous mothers in Supermoms!: Animal Heroes (Candlewick Press, March 7, 2023) with artwork by Jamie Harper. These creatures perform remarkable feats to supply the best possible life for their children for as long as necessary.
the book cover for zap clap boom
Weathering The Weather
Sometimes the beginning is as subtle as a change in the air. The breeze gets a bit stronger. Looking skyward, the shape of clouds and their color is quickly transforming. Birds gather near the shore or in trees. In the distance, rumbling begins as the sky darkens. Writer Laura Purdie Salas and artist Elly MacKay collaborate to vividly portray this usually sudden shift in the weather in Zap! Clap! Boom!: The Story Of A Thunderstorm (Bloomsbury Children's Books, February 28, 2023).
In 1900 a girl guided by her curiosity was born. We learn of her accomplishments in The Fire of Stars: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars Are Made Of (Chronicle Books, February 07, 2023) written by Kirsten W. Larson with illustrations by Katherine Roy. When you read the words in this narrative and gaze at the artwork, it is as if the magic of a star-studded sky has come to earth and you are holding it in your hands. Books, Writing A Book, Chronicle Books, Hidden Figures, Good Books, Science Books, Science Friday, Descriptive Writing, Katherine
Bright Light, Night Light
In 1900 a girl guided by her curiosity was born. We learn of her accomplishments in The Fire of Stars: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars Are Made Of (Chronicle Books, February 07, 2023) written by Kirsten W. Larson with illustrations by Katherine Roy. When you read the words in this narrative and gaze at the artwork, it is as if the magic of a star-studded sky has come to earth and you are holding it in your hands.
a magazine cover featuring a slotty hanging from a tree branch with the title, destiny finds her way how rescued baby sloth learned to be wild
Returning Home
It seems that many of the living beings who share this planet with us, either through instinct or natural progression, prefer to reside in a familiar habitat. When they are displaced, they seek to return if they are able. Destiny Finds Her Way: How a Rescued Baby Sloth Learned to Be Wild (National Geographic, February 07, 2023) written by Margarita Engle with photographs by Sam Trull is a true story filled with heart and hope.
Love Is Loud: How Diane Nash Led the Civil Rights Movement (A Paula Wiseman Book, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, January 10, 2023) written by Sandra Neil Wallace with illustrations by Bryan Collier is a book vital to any discourse on the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Although, Diane Nash was not given the same platform as her male counterparts at the same time, she was and is a woman powered by and empowered by love. Civil Rights Movement, Tennessee, Apps, Love, Black History Books, Award Winning Books, Civil Rights Movement Leaders, John Lewis
It Spoke Volumes For Her
Love Is Loud: How Diane Nash Led the Civil Rights Movement (A Paula Wiseman Book, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, January 10, 2023) written by Sandra Neil Wallace with illustrations by Bryan Collier is a book vital to any discourse on the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Although, Diane Nash was not given the same platform as her male counterparts at the same time, she was and is a woman powered by and empowered by love.
the indestructible tom cream book cover with a dog sitting in front of him
Missions: Incredible
Often in the chronicling of events, those in the lead seem to garner more attention then those working as hard or harder, but more in the background. After reading The Indestructible Tom Crean: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic written and illustrated by Jennifer Thermes, you will understand the importance of those with special and specific talents to a group effort. It is their determination and steadfastness that can alter the outcome, sometimes between life and death.
an american story by kwame alexandrian and dare couter, illustrated by the author
Speaking Truth
Enslaved people from the continent of Africa were brought to the American colonies in the early 1600s. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States abolished slavery. It was adopted on December 6, 1865 after being ratified by Georgia. In a memorable new title, An American Story (Little, Brown And Company, January 3, 2023) written by Kwame Alexander with art by Dare Coulter, readers are told the truth in powerful, poetic words and striking poignant images.