We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2020 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.
A Wasp Builds a Nest
Written by Kate Scarborough
Illustrated by Martin Camm
Published by Firefly Books (2016)
In this beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book, young readers learn how paper wasps build their nest. This book begins in Spring, which is very appropriate for the current season! A nice, hollow tree is a good starting point for the queen to build her nest, as noted in the book. The paper wasp is named as such because it chews pieces of wood into a soft pulp, and later uses the dried pulp—paper—to build the nest. See image below.
A Wasp Builds a Nest is an informational picture book that includes step-cut pages for kids to flip through. Each turn of a page shows the progress that the wasp makes in building its nest. Pick up this book to help kids build knowledge about animal life. Although it was pretty cool to learn that shape of a cell in the nest is hexagonal among other things in the book, I’m still not sure about wasps in general. Ha!