Friday, October 16, 2020

5 Kinds of Nonfiction Interactive Teaching Tool

Last Friday, I wrote a blog post describing all the exciting things that are happening for the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction—a classification I developed to help teachers, students, writers, editors, reviewers (everyone, really) make sense of the wonderful world of children’s nonfiction being published today.

The very next day, 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children’s Books, the book I co-wrote with Marlene Correia, professor of literacy education  at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, became available for order. So I updated the post. You can order a copy here.

And then on Sunday, I received some more terrific news from Christine Royce, professor of teacher education at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and past president of the National Science Teaching Association. She used a software program called Storyline to create an engaging interactive mini-course/mini-lesson/teaching tool that explains the system, features a wide range of award-winning books as exemplars, and includes a fun review section at the end. What a great idea!

Christine’s teaching tool is a fantastic way to introduce the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction to adults with an interest in children’s literature. It could also work well for some upper elementary and middle grade students, especially if you pair it with these hands-on activities that encourage students to sort books into the various categories.

If you’d like to know more about the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction classification system, you can sign up for the free webinar I’m giving on Wednesday, October 21. It’s hosted by School Library Journal with the support of Lerner Books. The presentation will be recorded, so people can watch it at their convenience.


  1. This is a helpful resource. Congratulations on the book! I can't wait for my copy to come.