While it is important to read picture books (often over and over again) with your preschooler, reading non-fiction is just as valuable. Often the theme of a picture book will lead you to a non-fiction book naturally. Researchers have acknowledged the importance of non-fiction particularly when building background knowledge
. Gone are the factual books meant only for research with few pictures and lengthy paragraphs. Today our shelves feature non-fiction picture books meant for sharing or even for reading independently.
Hibernation is a fascinating topic for kids and there is much to learn about the variety of animals and different ways those animals prepare and deal with winter. Here are four books about hibernation--two are non-fiction titles heavy on photographs; two are illustrated with drawings and use repetitive phrases making them more along the line of a traditional picture book. Click on the book cover to find the book at ACPL.
As you share these or other non-fiction titles you'll want to take notice of unusual words particular to the topic. For this theme, hibernation itself may not be known to your child. There are two kinds of hibernation: true hibernation
in which woodchucks, ground squirrels, hedgehogs, chipmunks, and bats enter a state of lowered body temperature, heart rate, and breathing, and torpor
, the state bears, raccoons, skunks, and opossums enter. Torpor is more like a state of light sleep that includes time to forage between winter snows. Cold-blooded animals
like snakes, turtles, and frogs bury themselves below the frostline.
Ask a librarian for more non-fiction books great for preschoolers and enjoy them while YOU hibernate this winter!