A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston is one of our recommended nonfiction books for kids with pictures. Melissa Young from Sweet on Books explains why:
“What You Need to Know:
• A Rock Is Lively is a wonderful introduction to the fascinating world of rocks.
• A Rock Is Lively is the perfect balance of an information guide and a beautiful picture book; it is a terrific combination for young children’s non-fiction.
• This is part of a gorgeous series of non-fiction picture books that cover topics ranging from butterflies to seeds to the egg cycle.
• A home and/or classroom library would be greatly enhanced by this series.
• A Rock Is Lively is available for pre-order, and will be out at the end of this month.
Sweet Book Summary:
A Rock Is Lively is a beautiful work of art, science and poetry. This combination makes for a truly special book. The inspirational language and exquisite illustrations enable the reader to learn effortlessly about the mysterious world of rocks and geology.
Each two page spread features an incredible illustration with a whimsical thought about rocks and a non-fiction fact. Together, the illustration, the poetry and the non-fiction really offer something for every kind of reader. A young child will be enthralled by the pictures, any age child can listen to the poetry for a quiet night-time story and an older reader can use it as a reference guide for a study of geology.
I especially like this book for a shared reading. Non-fiction can be overwhelming for young readers. Author Dianna Hutts Aston has done a masterful job organizing this book into easy to digest tidbits. It is so well-organized; each different fact or thought even has a different font. The whimsical parts are done in a matching whimsical font, and the factual information is presented in a no-nonsense, easy to read print font. While being an excellent reference guide, A Rock Is Lively is also a lyrical and lovely picture book.”
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