To that end, I brought home stacks of books to read this summer. The nonfiction titles have been patiently waiting for more attention. Last night I read, Deadliest Animals by Melissa Stewart. Here were some of my thoughts while reading it:
- This book is a vocabulary boon! Not only are there science specific words, like predator, prey, species, and toxins, there are other rich words and expressions like "skillful stalkers."
- The information is presented in different ways across the pages. There are "Deadly Definitions" for key terms, "Weird but True" fact boxes, amazing photographs, and jokes.
- This would make a great mentor text for showing 3rd graders the possibilities when writing a nonfiction piece.
- Reading this book would be a great way to start a conversation about what you are still wondering about after reading it. There was a picture of "bee bearding" on page 39 where a man is covered in bees. I am very curious about why a person would choose to do that and could explore this through online research.
Deadliest Animals will be one of my first informational read alouds this year! I think it will really hook readers into wanting to read more informational texts. This would make a great addition to your library.