These days, more and more young readers are turning their attention to nonfiction texts. And, why wouldn’t they? With a wealth of high quality, engaging nonfiction children’s books being published daily, there’s no shortage of visually dynamic, groundbreaking texts that delight as well as inform. Despite this trend, many of our libraries and classroom activities come up short in encouraging, teaching, and celebrating nonfiction.
In this excerpt from their recent book, 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, authors Melissa Stewart and Marlene Correia discuss what draws them to center their work on nonfiction with children, their passion for it, and the journey that led them into a study of classifying nonfiction in a way that helps us understand, teach, and share it more effectively.