Nonfiction Picture Books to Inspire Young Minds (ages 4-8)

Grand Canyon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596439504
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 21st, 2017

Jason Chin is a master at weaving science into engaging and entertaining picture books (see Island: A Story of the Galapagos), and this is no exception. Stunning fold-outs and clever cut-aways abound in this geological and biological survey of the Grand Canyon.

Her Right Foot Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Artist)
ISBN: 9781452162812
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

Full of verve and zip, Eggers dives into and expounds on the little known fact that the Statue of Liberty's right foot is lifted .. she's in motion, moving forward as if to actively welcome arriving immigrants. A book you just feel good after reading. 

If Sharks Disappeared Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626724136
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 23rd, 2017

A colorful and important lesson on the importance of apex predators. If sharks disappeared, we'd eventually be left with a sea of plankton. A compelling, yet not overbearing, environmental call to action.

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing Cover Image
By Kay Haring, Robert Neubecker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525428190
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Published: Dial Books - February 14th, 2017

Kids will be inspired by the early years of artist Keith Haring's life, and adults will marvel at how early he was taken away from us. Colorful and vivacious - this is a book that left my five-year-old with a newfound sense of self as an artist. What a gift.

Margaret and the Moon Cover Image
By Dean Robbins, Lucy Knisley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399551857
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

We've been blessed with many marvelous stories of women in the sciences - keep 'em coming - but this story of Margaret Hamilton's pioneering career at NASA is particularly adept at reaching a younger audience.Girls, keep asking questions! Keep reaching for the stars! Perfect for precocious preschoolers on up to third-grade. 

What's Your Favorite Color? (Eric Carle and Friends' What's Your Favorite #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805096149
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 2nd, 2017

Eric Carle's friends include 14 of the most talented children's book illustrators working today, and collectively they have created a marvelous testament to the emotional power of color. 

The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid Cover Image
By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481446693
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Published: Beach Lane Books - August 22nd, 2017

The art of architecture can be hard to convey to younger kids, but this picture book biography manages to eloquently express what made Zaha Hadid remarkable. An inspiring choice for broadening the world view of any child.