Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children

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Enrich your library collection with outstanding informational books that children really want to read. This annotated resource by veteran children's book reviewer Isaacs surveys the best nonfiction/informational titles for ages 3 through 10, helping librarians make informed collection development and purchasing decisions. With information on 250 books, this volume

  • Features an introductory chapter which takes a close look at what makes a successful informational picture book
  • Provides thoughtful descriptions for each title, including complete bibliographic information, age-level guidance, and notes on book awards won
  • Works as curriculum support as well as a tool for elementary RA, with easy-to-use topical organization and a separate subject index

Picturing the World is an invaluable aid to librarians and educators in their ongoing search for high quality informational children's books.

  Author's Note Chapter 1: What Are Informational Picture Books?

What Is an Informational Book?

What Is a Picture Book? Chapter 2: Choosing Good Informational Picture BooksSubject and Child AppealHow the Story Is ToldHow the Story Is PicturedAccuracy, Sources, and Additional ToolsAwards and Best-of-the-Year ListsThe Books in This List Chapter 3: Ourselves and Our World at Home and SchoolFamiliesSchoolPetsOur BodiesOur Health Chapter 4: The Natural World around UsLooking at NatureEnvironments and EcosystemsPlantsAnimalsFishAmphibians and ReptilesBirdsMammals Other Than HumansInsects and SpidersOther InvertebratesExtinct AnimalsHow the Earth WorksStars and the UniverseMathematics Chapter 5: The World We MakeFood and FarmingConstruction, Equipment, and Things That GoInventors and InventionsFlight and Space Travel Chapter 6: The Things We DoWritersArt and ArtistsMusic and MusiciansTheater and Performers: Actors, Dancers, and EntertainersSports and Athletes Chapter 7: The World of Faith and Festivals Chapter 8: Our World in HistoryPlaces through TimeEventsPeople Chapter 9:  Our World Today

Around the WorldPeople


Appendix: A List of Awards and Best-of-the-Year Book Lists Mentioned in the Annotations
Title Index
Author and Illustrator Index


Subject Index


Kathleen T. Isaacs

Longtime teacher and occasional librarian Kathleen T. Isaacs has worked with young people of all ages at schools and colleges in Maryland, Washington, D.C., British Hong Kong, and China as well as the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Primarily a middle-school humanities teacher, she also taught children’s and young adult literature at Towson University and geography to highly able elementary-school students for the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. She served on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Baltimore County Office of Gifted Education and on numerous ALA book award committees, including Newbery, Batchelder, and Best Books for Young Adults. She has chaired the ALSC Notable Children’s Books, the ALSC Sibert Award, and the USBBY Outstanding International Books Committees. She writes and reviews books for Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and other professional journals. She is an active participant in the Capitol Choices book discussion group. Her books include Picturing the World (ALA Editions) and Bugs, Bogs, Bats, and Books (Huron Street Press).

"Isaacs draws on her considerable experience as a teacher and librarian to produce this useful tool ... Considering the emphasis on nonfiction in the new Common Core Standards, elementary librarians wishing to flesh out their collections will find this a valuable resource."
--School Library Journal