Spring 2021

5 Kinds of Nonfiction

Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children's Books

Nonfiction books for children have changed dramatically over the last two decades, evolving into a new breed of visually dynamic, engaging texts that delight as well as inform. The timing of these groundbreaking developments couldn’t be better, as ELA standards put an increased focus on nonfiction reading and writing. As a result, finely crafted nonfiction children’s books are ideally suited for enriching content area curricula, serving as reliable resources for research projects, acting as mentor texts for writing workshop and, as always, serving as a great source for pleasure reading.

For decades, we’ve classified fiction as a way to study, understand and, ultimately, teach it better. However, up to now, nonfiction hasn’t received this same level of intention. In 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children’s Books, Melissa Stewart and 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 authors
  • offer tips for building strong, diverse classroom and library collections
  • provide more than 20 activities to enhance literacy instruction
  • include 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.

Format Your Price
978-1-62531-417-8
$29.50
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2021
Publisher Stenhouse Publishers
Imprint Stenhouse Publishers
Language English
Number of Pages 240
Publication Date 2021-07-31
Dimensions 7.375 x 9.25

Author: Marlene Correia

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.

Author: Melissa Stewart

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 100 nonfiction books for children. Her lifelong fascination with the natural world led her to earn a B.S. in biology and M.A. in science journalism. When Melissa isn't writing or speaking to children or educators, she's usually exploring the fields, forests, and wetlands near her home in Massachusetts.