Posted by: Katie B | June 12, 2013

Batch #2: Sampling from the VCFA Faculty’s Picture Book Portfolio


Grapes without Wrath

Now that my children are through the read-to-me stage, I rarely check picture books out from the library.  I wished I’d known about some of these while I was still in that bedtime routine.  In particular, I wish I’d been more aware of this collection of non-fiction picture books.  This sampling from the VCFA staff was fascinating – and I learned a lot.  They would have been much more interesting to read than some of the mindless books I was forced into reciting!  If you’re still in the reading aloud stage, profit from my experience!  Branch out while you still can!

Instead of reviewing each book, as I typically do for novels, I’ve simply listed these picture books out by Non-Fiction / Fiction category.  There are too many to review each one!  Just know that whichever one you choose, you won’t be disappointed!

Non-Fiction Picture Books

Through The Tempest Dark and Wild: A Story of Mary Shelley, Creator of Frankenstein by Sharon Darrow

Django, World’s Greatest Guitarist by Bonnie Christensen

I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen

The Daring Nellie Bly, America’s Star Reporter by Bonnie Christensen

Mummies: the Newest, Coolest & Creepiest From Around the World by Shelley Tanaka

Amelia Earhart, The Legend of the Lost Aviator by Shelley Tanaka

Discovering the Iceman by Shelley Tanaka

Fictional Picture Books

Remembering Grandpa by Uma Krishnaswami

The Happiest Tree, A Yoga Story by Uma Krishnaswami

The Closet Ghosts by Uma Krishnaswami

Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami


  1. Have you tried any Peter Sis? He’s possibly my favorite picture book writer. I’ve never read anything quite like his stuff. The pictures are a really strong part of the narrative.

    • I’ll definitely add him onto my next suggested reading list! Thanks for the tip!

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