Today, I’ll focus on survey books.
Survey books, sometimes called All-About books, are what we think of as traditional nonfiction. They provide a broad overview of a topic. They emphasize balance and breadth of coverage rather than depth.
While students may decide to read a survey book from cover to cover, they can also skip around, using the table of contents, headings, and index to locate the subtopics that interest them most.
Here are some popular survey books to read and study:
The Horrible, Miserable Middle Ages by Kathy Allen
Lightning by Seymour Simon
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
National Geographic Readers
Spiders by Nic Bishop
Why’d They Wear That? by Sarah Albee
Over the next couple of weeks, I will take look at the other major nonfiction categories—specialized nonfiction books and concept books.