1st Edition

5 Kinds of Nonfiction Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children's Books

By Melissa Stewart, Marlene Correia Copyright 2021

    Once upon a time...children's nonfiction books were stodgy, concise, and not very kid friendly. Most were text heavy, with just a few scattered images decorating the content and meaning, rather than enhancing it. Over the last 20 years, children's nonfiction has evolved into a new breed of visually dynamic and engaging texts.In 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children's Books , Melissa Stewart and Dr. Marlene Correia present a new way to sort nonfiction into five major categories and show how doing so can help teachers and librarians build stronger readers and writers. Along the way, they: Introduce the 5 kinds of nonfiction: Active, Browseable, Traditional, Expository Literature, and Narrative -;and explore each category through discussions, classroom examples, and insights from leading children's book authorsOffer tips for building strong, diverse classroom texts and library collections. Provide more than 20 activities to enhance literacy instructionInclude innovative strategies for sharing and celebrating nonfiction with students.With more than 150 exemplary nonfiction book recommendations and Stewart and Correia's extensive knowledge of literacy instruction, 5 Kinds of Nonfiction will elevate your understanding of nonfiction in ways that speak specifically to the info-kids in your classrooms, but will inspire all readers and writers.

    Chapter 1: Understanding Nonfiction: An Overview; Chapter 2: Introducing the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction; Chapter 3: Why Students Need Access to a Diverse Array of Nonfiction; Chapter 4: How Understanding the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction Helps Readers and Writers; Chapter 5: Using the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction to Explore Text Patterns; Chapter 6: Using the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction to Explore Text Structures; Chapter 7: Using the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction to Explore Voice, Language, and Point of View; Chapter 8: Sharing the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction with Students; Chapter 9: What's the End Game?


    Melissa Stewart has written more than 180 science books for children. She co-wrote Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science and edited the anthology Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-winning Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing. Her highly-regarded website features a rich array of nonfiction writing resources.Dr. Marlene Correia is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Bridgewater State University. Marlene has 30 years of education experience as a K–8 classroom teacher, district administrator, and teacher educator. She is a Past-president and current Executive Board member of the Massachusetts Reading Association.