Picture Books for Middle School

We don't currently have a chapter book going so for our morning read aloud we've been enjoying some great picture books.  I wrote a post a few years ago about Using Picture Books to Teach Middle School. 

I love exploring science, history, geography and more with my boys and know that they are more likely to remember some of these stories than they would if the same materials were presented to them in a text book.

Here are some of the picture books we've been using for middle school learning:

The Bee Tree-- A true story about a Malaysian tribe of hunter gatherers who climb 120 feet into the tallest trees to gather honey.

Titanicat-- Based on a true story of the cat who had her kittens aboard the Titanic.

Titanicat (True Stories) by [Crisp, Marty]

Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City-- Based on a true story of a red tailed hawk who took up residence in the middle of New York City.

The Tale of Pale Male; A True Story-- Another book retelling the story of Pale Male.

Hawk Rising --  a picture book about hawks.

Hawk Rising by [Gianferrari, Maria]

The Three Questions-- Based on Tolstoy's story this book looks at how to know what is the right thing to do.

A Drop Around the World-Following a drop of water all around the globe and through various stages of the water cycle.

A Drop Around the World by [McKinney, Barbara Shaw]

A River Ran Wild-- Having just studied the Industrial Revolution last year this story about the Nashua River in Massachusetts and it's pollution really hit home with all of us.

The King of Bees-- We really enjoyed this story about a beekeeping.

The Tree Lady-- Based on the true story of Kate Sessions who helped make San Diego the beautiful lush city known for it's many gardens.

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by [Hopkins, H. Joseph]

Sergeant Reckless:The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became A Hero-- My boys and I just loved this story about a war horse that was found, trained and used during the Korean War.

Pink is for Blobfish-- Learning about some of the pink animals of the world.

Charles Darwin's Around the World Adventure-- Learning about Charles Darwin's adventures around the world and some of the unique animals he found.

Animals Charles Darwin Saw-- A closer look at the animals Darwin saw and how these animals led to the development of his evolution theory. 

Reaching for the Moon-- We really enjoyed reading about Buzz Aldrin's life story and how he became an astronaut.

My Journey to the Stars-- We also enjoyed reading about Scott Kelly's time in space using the Russian space station.

Swimming with Sharks; The Daring Discoveries of  Eugenie Clark-- We enjoyed reading about how one Japanese- American tried to change everyone's opinion of sharks.

Life in the Ocean; The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle-- We enjoyed learning about how one woman made learning about the ocean her dream job.

Manfish; A Story of Jaques Cousteau-- We also loved this biography of Jaques Cousteau.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor The Woman Who Loved Reptiles - Back when it was practically unheard of, Joan Procter made it her mission in life to learn all about reptiles.

Squirrel and John Muir-- Learning about some of the very first families to settle in Yosemite Valley.

Moonstick; The Seasons of the Sioux-- A look at how the Sioux tracked the seasons of the moon to make up their year.

We also had a great time reading  Secrets in American History.  We love the series and read American Revolution, Space Age, & World War II so far.  Such a fun way to learn about history.

What's your favorite picture book?

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