Friday, October 9, 2020

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: The Journey Continues

When I first started to think about classifying the wonderful world of nonfiction children’s books way back in 2012, I had no idea that I was embarking on a journey of exploration and discovery that would continue for years. Along the way, I’ve had many rich conversations and developed cherished friendships with teachers, librarians, editors, and authors who are just as passionate as nonfiction as I am. Go nonfiction!

I'm so pleased that the five-category system I proposed on my blog in 2017 has turned out to be useful to so many people, as we try to understand all that today’s nonfiction has to offer and share the amazing books with students (and one another).

What’s 
the most recent development in the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction saga? For the last few months, Lerner Books has been busily sorting their entire catalog of nonfiction titles according to the characteristics of the five categories—active, browseable, traditional, expository literature, and narrative.

On Wednesday, we announced their incredible effort in this blog post. Look at the amazing poster they produced to explain the system and highlight books that are representative of each category. Wow! You can even download a copy of your own.


They also created this terrific flyer.

As part of Lerner’s effort to share the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction system far and wide, they teamed up with School Library Journal to host a webinar in which I share my latest thinking about the system and  recommend recently-published nonfiction books I’m excited about.

You can register here.

And that's not all. Next spring, I’m teaming up with Marlene Correia, professor of literacy education  at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, to bring you a book called 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children’s Books. You can pre-order it here

I’m also scheduling three different professional development workshops that focus on the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction—one for librarians, one for teachers, and one for children’s book writers. You can learn more about them here.

Where will the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction system take me next? I have no idea, but I can’t wait to find out.

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