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I am a professor in the Department of Library Science at Sam Houston State University in Texas where I teach classes in literature for children, tweens, and teens. I have written three professional books and co-authored several as well. I bring more than 30 years of teaching experience to the blog.
UP IN THE GARDEN AND DOWN IN THE DIRT is perfect to share with readers. The narrative thread tells what is happening at the surface and beneath it as well. Pair this with Kate Messner's OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW.
Instant lesson: compare and contrast the illustrations in these two books about artists. One is a tribute to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie; the other is about a young artist, maybe even Christopher himself?
Here are three pieces of nonfiction that will provide lots of information for readers of many ages (not all; one book does not fit all). The narrative and expository voices serve to demonstrate how varied nonfiction is.