Welcome back, friends! It’s another Monday – can you believe we’re nearly into September? While I’m not ready for the return of the rainy season, I do have a soft spot for September, with its crisp air and blue skies and promise of fresh starts (though it’s been THREE YEARS now since I was last a student).
I’m currently up to my ears in nonfiction in preparation for my new nonfiction book club program, so here are a few titles that I’ve been reading recently.
If you’re on the hunt for engaging nonfiction for your students, I highly recommend swimming to your local library and grabbing a copy of this stunning nonfiction picture book, which perfectly highlights just how beautiful an informational text can be.
A young girl finds a book on coral reefs at her local library and is swept away on a beautiful adventure through a vivid and vibrant underwater ecosystem. Chin’s illustrations are highly detailed and carefully researched, and readers will feel just as immersed in this world as our young protagonist.
Coral Reefs is a fantastic title for nonfiction sceptics, as Chin’s straightforward text manages to be both informative and accessible, while effectively complementing the stunning illustrations. It’s absolutely worth diving into!
In Gravity, Jason Chin turns his attentions to the impact this mysterious force exerts on everything from the smallest children’s toy to the very planets themselves.
This is a much shorter text, perfect for younger budding scientists. Purists might frown at some of the text’s oversimplifications of complex scientific principles, but there is an afterword that provides additional information on gravity and other forces.
Gravity would pair beautifully with a unit on space, and would lend itself naturally to some classroom experiments on gravity, which is what I’m planning to do with my book club participants. It’s also, like all of Chin’s work, simply a joy to experience.
My name is Jane, and I am a trivia addict. I just can’t help it! I love facts and figures, I love lists, and I love, love, love random trivia. This wondrous National Geographic Kids title, which now has two sequels, would have set my heart ablaze as a child. Incredible trivia meets incredible photography in this absolute winner of a book for budding Jeoprady stars.
This book really has something for just about everyone – facts about plants and animals, cars, sports, history, and so much more! It’s so very nerdy, and that’s what makes it so wonderful!
Teachers, parents, librarians – please don’t discount nonfiction when reaching out to “reluctant” readers! Many children don’t dislike reading so much as they cannot connect to fiction, and a book of facts and figures might be just the ticket for kids who crave information, rather than fantasy. Books that are broken down into handy sections like this can also be less intimidating for readers who might baulk at the thought of tackling a novel.
Have you read any of these titles? Do you have favourite nonfiction titles you might suggest for my book club? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
And have a great week, everyone!