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    Lets try to compile a list of great educational picture books!!

    I have to admit - I love quality picture books. I love them much more than early (and not so early) chapter books and I would rather keep reading aloud chapter books to my 5-9 crowd.

    A good, quality chapter book that is beautifully illustrated, is written in rich language, is highly educational can be an excellent introduction to a magnitude of topics in history, geography, science, art, math etc etc.

    Here is a list of my favorites (titles), PLEASE add on yours.

    - Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud
    - The Hatmaker's Sign: A Story by Benjamin Franklin
    - Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France
    - The Trouble with Wishes
    - Taj Mahal
    - A Boy Called Dickens
    - The Boy Who Loved Words
    - Mailing May
    - Leonardo's Horse
    - One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
    - Ruby's Wish
    - Warm as Wool
    - Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
    - The First Drawing
    - Giraffe That Walked to Paris
    - Snowflake Bentley
    - Cloud Tea Monkeys
    - The Master's Apprentice
    - Very Last First Time
    - Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
    - The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
    - Miss Rumphius
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Some we have liked in the past have been:
    The Dog on the Tuckerbox by Corinne Fenton
    This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
    The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
    Tiny Creatures – The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies
    The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars by Jean Merrill
    The Race for the Chinese Zodiac by Gabrielle Wang
    Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh
    Katarina by Gavin Bishop
    The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
    Grandfathers Journey by Allan Sey
    Natemba by Annette Lodge
    Mbobo Tree by Glenda Millard

    Edited to add:
    Two Bear Cubs: A Miwok Legend from California's Yosemite Valley by Robert D. San Souci
    Punctuation Mark by Belinda Ellis
    One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, Katie Smith Milway
    Razia’s Ray of Hope, Elizabeth Suneby
    Koko's Kitten by Dr Francine Patterson
    Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull

    Koko's Kitten is a book I still own my copy of from my 5th or 6th birthday. I loved this book as a young and not-so-young child, and still do! My mum always hunted us out the best picture books, which was pretty hard to do in rural New Zealand in the early 80s for a low income family. That is where I think I have my love of picture books from.
    Last edited by NZ_Mama; 08-23-2017 at 04:30 AM.

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    I have many more, I love picture books too. Some are just so well written. They usually make it on my list when they make me a little emotional/teary reading them. Grandfathers Journey and The Dog on the Tuckerbox really made me feel sad!

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    Cloud Tea Monkeys
    Magritte's Marvelous Hat
    Zen Shorts
    Math Curse
    The Cat Who Walked Across France
    Somewhere in the World Right Now

    The Time Book: A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks
    Eliza's Cherry Trees
    How This Book Was Made
    Meet The Artist series by Patricia Geis
    Seeker of Knowledge
    Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
    Snakes by Nic Bishop
    A Rock is Lively
    A History of the World with Google Earth

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