Historical Romance Fiction Books
This year I wanted to increase the number of nonfiction books that I read. Along with The Nonfiction Detectives, I started the 2012 Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. By doing the challenge, I have kept the hunt for nonfiction books, especially picture books, in the forefront of my mind. As a result, I have found some amazing books, incredible illustrations, learned tons of new facts, and had a chance to advocate for books that may not always get the same kind of attention as a fiction picture book.
It was definitely hard to narrow down the list to only 10 from the books that I have read this year. However, this is my Top Ten Nonfiction Picture Books of 2012 (as of October 2012) in no special order.
1. Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin
I feel like author/illustrator Jason Chin has grown and developed as an author since his first release, Redwoods. In his latest book, readers are taken from six million years ago to the present in the look at the history and evolution of the Galápagos Islands. Beautifully illustrated the pictures nearly pop from the page.
2. Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta
This is the third book that Barretta has done in the format of tying in the history of inventions with their present day connections. The format is readable with a touch of humor and lots of connections. I also loved the emphasis in the book about Edison’s belief that he learned from his failures as well as his successes.
3. The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
You know it must be spring when you see a running theme of insects which is what I thought when I saw this book. However, if it is written by Steve Jenkins, I automatically read it. Steve Jenkins does fabulously creative books that are fascinating and well done. I learned more than I probably wanted to about beetles but it was a great read.
4. Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
The often humorous, yet touching look at the life and habits of Lincoln, including his relationship with his wife, and how he stored notes in his hat, made this important president seem even more humble and significant. The illustrations also done by Kalman add to the feeling of the book, and I especially liked how she tied the story together at the end with the Lincoln Memorial.
5. Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey Fern; illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Named after the circus great – P.T. Barnum, Barnum Brown was destined to have an amazing impact on life and he certainly dead. With a self-proclaimed nose for searching out bones and a bit of an eccentric personality, Brown certainly did become famous as the first person to discover a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
6. Here Comes the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey; Illustrated by Hadley Hooper
This book came out at the very beginning of 2012 and also in time for the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary. It also introduced me to the writing of Shana Corey. I love books that come together perfectly both in text and illustrations. This one does a great job on both levels. Lots of great information about the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and also the end notes provide extra facts for readers to learn more.
7. UnBEElievables by Douglas Florian
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Anyone into historical fiction?2011-04-14 12:31:29 by ---
My guilty pleasure is historical fiction, I love good books set in the 1500s, 1600s, 1700s. Does anyone have anything good to recommend?
I've read all of Philippa Gregory, she's sort of "meh" to me. On of my favorite authors is Karleen Koen, I'd love some recommendations along these lines. I don't really know where to look to find books like these, I usually stumble upon them.
Some romance is fine, and expected, but I like books with a story, not a romance novel (no Harlequins), if that makes any sense.
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