My hope is that these posts will help educators and other members of the children’s literature community learn to identify the two writing styles and understand the best situations for using each one. I’d also like educators to realize that, although they may have a natural affinity for stories and storytelling, some of their students definitely do not.
To feed these children a steady diet of the books they crave, classroom and library collections need plenty of nonfiction--both expository and narrative. Unfortunately, many schools aren’t even close to having well balanced collections. We need more nonfiction. A lot more! A well-rounded collection should have just as much nonfiction as fiction.
The shared topic for this week is a question: What’s for dinner? And our subjects are butterflies and moths.
Today I'll present a spread from my upcoming expository nonfiction book Ick! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defenses, and on Wednesday, award-winning author Loree Griffin Burns will answer some questions about her fabulous narrative nonfiction book You’re Invited to a Moth Ball: A Nighttime Insect Celebration, photographed by .
Okay, here’s the red-spotted purple butterfly spread from Ick!
Even though there are a lot to explore on this spread, the design helps readers navigate the elements. While some narrative lovers might feel a bit overwhelmed by this layout, info-kids will be excited by the cornucopia of choices and ready to dive in.
Here’s the main text for this spread: