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Our family is right on the edge of the ages where kids start to drift away from picture books in favor of chapter books and middle grade titles. I’m a firm believer that picture books are for everyone, so I’m always thrilled to find books that draw in both of my readers. These two books, to be published in 2018, are fun nonfiction titles that we I learned from.

Terrific Tongues by Maria Gianferrari

Who knew you could write a whole book about tongues? It turns out that the world of animal tongues is full of fascinating facts. Tongues can be like a sword, like a straw, like a mop, and more. The story is carried by a cute monkey who investigates the inner workings of his animal friends’ tongues. With each page flip, readers are treated to some fun facts about the animals. Did you know a giant anteater’s tongue works like a whip and can snap up to 160 times per minute? You do now. Find this and more in TERRIFIC TONGUES, available from Boyds Mill Press on April 3, 2018.

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty and David Litchfield

This book is fun, fun, fun! A friendly-faced Earth gives us a brief glimpse into its short 4.54 billion years of existence. Unlike many nonfiction picture books, which provide a narrative separate from the straight facts, EARTH! combines everything into one story. This makes for much easier read-alouds, and helps the reader to absorb all of the information. EARTH! is filled with super cute illustrations, humor, and the real-deal scientific information. I highly enjoyed reading it and recommend it for elementary schoolers of all ages. EARTH! is available on January 23, 2018, from Henry Holt and Company.

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