This post has several freebies which will open right here, as well as links to other Wise Owl Factory posts with nonfiction rock books.
Everybody Needs a Rock
By Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall (Illustrator)
Everybody Needs a Rock has ten rules for picking out a personal rock for your pocket. Have fun and read it with an unsmiling, thoughtful tone even when the book says “don’t pick a rock as big as a horse.” This is a short book that while giving silly rules for selecting a personal rock, which makes perfect sense to young children. Byrd Baylor has several books for children, and the others are more serious.
Children are captivated by this story and listen intently, while adults see the humor in the ten rules. This book could be read it in a rocking chair, listening to some soft rock music, and maybe while sitting outside by a rocky beach?
Rock Books and Free Printables
Here is a link to my rocks post about a kindergarten class collecting rocks, and to another post with non-fiction rock book reviews.
This link will open my free 53 page rocks printable for teacher and homeschool use.
Hawk, I’m Your Brother
by Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall (Illustrator)
Hawk, I’m Your Brother is a Caldecott Honor Book as well as an Ala Notable Book. Baylor has a reverence for nature that is evident in all her stories, which include the struggles of living creatures. She stresses that we all share the earth together. In this story, a boy feels he should fly and watches the hawks to learn how. He takes a baby hawk from a nest, puts it in a cage, and takes care of it. He thinks the hawk will become his brother and they will fly away together, but slowly realizes what he should do for the hawk. For any children who have tried or would like to try raising a wild bird, this story is sympathetic to their wishes, while providing a realistic ending. To me, this story would seem to be for ages 7 or 8 and up.
Also highly recommended: The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor
The Other Way to Listen helps children be patient and wait to see and hear the beauty that the natural world has to offer.
Thank you for reading, Carolyn