Today, I’ll focus on specialized nonfiction.
These books provide specific information about a relatively limited topic. In contrast to survey books, specialized nonfiction emphasizes depth rather than breadth. It often has an innovative format and/or structure that presents information in a way that models the author’s passion for the topic. My feeling is that we will see more and more specialized nonfiction being published in the future.
Here are some popular specialized nonfiction books to read and study:
Chasing Cheetahs by Sy Montgomery
Handle with Care by Loree Griffin Burns
Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart
Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story by Tom Yezerski
Sniffer Dogs by Nancy Castaldo
Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
Next week, I’ll take look at the final major nonfiction category—concept books.