The newish picture book biography series, "Ordinary People Change the World" by Brad Meltzer's a perfect nonfiction series for elementary students. We have the first few books in our classroom and I've noticed that several kids are picking them up on their own to read during independent reading time. They are great stories and are very accessible to young children.
These books look simpler than they are. I read the newest title, I Am Jackie Robinson this weekend and realized how packed the book is. The focus of the story and the theme of all of the books is one about heroes. So the story focuses on the things Jackie Robinson did to change the world. The stories is an engaging one for kids and the illustrations make them books that kids will pick up even without our nudging.
From a nonfiction reading standpoint, I plan to use these books to teach lots of mini lessons. The page layouts, the ways the talking bubbles share details that go beyond the main text, the timeline at the end of the book, and other features all make these books a new favorite nonfiction series for me.
I love this new edition and am looking forward to the next book in the series--I Am Lucille Ball coming in July.
This short clip tells a bit more about the series: