Looking over the proliferation of recently published informational picture books and the exceptional quality of many of these offerings, my answer is a resounding "yes!"
Rosen says "Kids have always been curious about the world around them and the way things work." Today's nonfiction addresses their inquisitive nature in exciting new ways. Rather than straightforward narrative with accompanying illustrations, today's nonfiction picture books employ innovative framework, creative design, and exceptional art.
Below are three stellar examples of innovative ways to help children explore the amazing world of animals.
The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond
The water color medium is the perfect choice. It captures the vast and clear expanse of aquatic life, giving the pages a fresh and translucent quality.
Information on whales, including the fascinating comparisons, is presented with engaging infographics. Each page is a work of art in itself.
Desmond offers an informational, visual, and storytelling treat!
A Chicken Followed Me Home! Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl
by Robin Page
Answers are straightforward. The bold color art style is reminiscent of Steve Jenkins, a frequent collaborator with Page.
The page design, with plenty of white space around accurately and artistically portrayed chickens includes easy-to-read text.
The ending, following a bright yellow rain boot, brings the book to a satisfying but open-ended conclusion.
I'mTrying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
Can she learn to like spiders? The fun comes with each page turn, as Barton vacillates between her absorption with interesting facts and her obvious arachnophobia.
Artwork has a cartoonish quality and is the perfect foil for the inevitable shrieks in bright red lettering whenever terror strikes and it's time to "squish" yet another spider.
My copy of this book suffered its own hysterical moment. Hence the less-than-perfect page images.