Back in 2017, I proposed a five-category system for classifying children’s nonfiction on my blog, and the response was incredible.
Teachers loved it. So did librarians and
children’s book authors and editors. People praised the clarity it brought to
the range of children’s nonfiction available today. In May 2018, School Library Journal published an article
about the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction. Again, the response was incredibly positive. I’ve
spoken about the system at a number of conferences, and later this year, 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing with Children’s Books, co-written by literacy educator Marlene Correia, will hit bookshelves.
Because so many people want information now, I’m discussing each of the categories and providing an
updated list of exemplar books. On March 11, I focused on traditional nonfiction.
Today, I’ll talk about browseable books.
can easily dip in and out of browseable books, focusing on the sections that interest
them most, or they can read the books cover to cover. fact-tastic books in this category, and kids
love them. In many ways, they are the nonfiction analog to graphic novels.
Due to their wide array
of text features, browseable books are well suited for the later stages of the
research process, when students are seeking specific information and looking for
tantalizing tidbits to engage their audience of readers.
are some examples:
The Book of Queens by Stephanie
Discovery Channel Sharkopedia:
The Complete Guide to Everything Shark by Discovery Channel
Eye Spy: Wild Ways Animals See the World by Guillaume Duprat
Eyewitness Books: Rocks & Minerals by R.F. Symes
Guinness World Records 2019 by Guinness World Records
North America: A Fold-Out Graphic History by Sarah Albee
A Rooted History by
Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski
Time for Kids Big Book of Why
by the Editors of Time for Kids