Students need skills to read charts, graphs, and diagrams,They need to understand how to use nonfiction text features.They need these skills in order to write research papersMost adult reading is to solve a problem which requires nonfiction books
EVALUATE- compare your collection to recommendations, create a graphic to share with adminWEED- don’t be afraid of empty or partially empty shelves, http://www.clcd.com/features/th_common_core_collection_development.phpPURCHASE- if your budget is $0 use book fairs, fundraisers, PTSO requests etc, look onlinePROMOTE
Booktalk nonfictionSchedule author visits of nonfiction authorsChose nonfiction for book club selectionsTeach nonfiction text features in library lessonsTeach teachers about nonfiction text features, use my free poster on FlickrPair nonfiction and fiction subject, we did this for our state book awardsUse book passes or speed tables (display cover out by subject)Using genre cards with classes this yearDon’t Judge or book pass activity with nonfiction
Sept 11th, Pirate Day, Constitution DayHalloween: typical scary stories as well as books on bones, Zombie’s Guide to the Human Body, Hades mythology, Are You Afraid Yet: The Science Behind Scary Movies, Monster series, Salem Witch trial books, etc.
Lost in the River of Grass by Chomp by Carl HiassenRiver Monsters by Scholastic booksAtlas of the World’s Strangest AnimalsThe World’s Strangest Animals, ScholasticEssential Deer Hunting for TeensThe Plant Hunters by Anita SilveyHatchet by Gary Paulsen
Challenge your students to read one from each genre or subject area, did this with special ed this year and as part of my reading program, Reader’s QuestEvery year we pair up our state book awards with nonfiction titles and share the Google doc with our state association
Run a collection analysisSee which categories you have the most ofBuy stickers for those categories: animals, arts and crafts, cars, cooking, crime, folktales, health, history, etc.Create an area for each category, start sortingWEED, WEED while you sortPut stickers on themI changed spine label and record in catalog to NON ABC ANIMALS, you can leave the Dewey #Why did I do this? Have you ever seen a boy look for food in the fridge?
Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (F and NF)
Astonishing headlines series for low readersBloodlines has nonfiction pages to correspond with the war story
Books to use for argument/bias, etcCCSS, opinion writing/defending argumentsIn Controversy (Reference Point Press)Ethical Debates (Rosen)Hot Topics (Heinemann)In the News (Rosen)Point/Counterpoint (Chelsea House)USA Today’s Debate (21st Century Books)Issues that Concern You (Greenhaven)
Rosen Publishing Tattooing seriesSuperstars of Hip Hop, Reality Shows, etc from Mason Crest
Learn To Love Nonfiction
Learn to Love NonfictionTamara CoxLibrarian, Palmetto MiddleWilliamston, SC
Mr. Dewey, I Bid You Adieuhttp://www.scoop.it/t/dewey-free-library
Nonfiction Blogs, Lists andWebinarsOthersAmerican Book AwardsAudie AwardsBlack Caucus of the ALA Literary AwardsBoston Book Review Literary AwardBread Loaf Bakeless PrizeCosta Book AwardsGovernor Generals Literary AwardsKiriyama Pacific Rim Book PrizeLannan Literary AwardsMinnesota Book AwardsNational Book AwardNational Book Critics Circle AwardPulitzer PrizeReference and User Services Association AwardsRobert F. Kennedy Book AwardNSTA OutstandingScience Trade BooksNCSS Outstanding SocialStudies Trade Books