Posts Tagged ‘Non-Fiction’

Lions, Insects & Space, Oh My! Non-Fiction Readers for All Ages!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Have you explored our non-fiction reader collection? Do you know how rain gets into the clouds or why the moon changes shape? What is the life-cycle of a butterfly and what does a mail carrier do all day?

Non-fiction is a great way for children to learn about the world from an early age. Don’t wait until your child is reading alone for the facts, non-fiction is perfect for pre-readers too!

Beautiful Photography:  Besides being fun to look at, colorful photographs allow children to focus on the subject matter and forge a connection between textual content and image.

Easy Reader Text: With large fonts and just a few sentences per page, non-fiction readers teach important vocabulary skills. Reading about the life cycle of a squirrel, fire trucks or dinosaurs in just a few pages can hold even the youngest toddler’s attention without becoming overwhelming.

Information Seeking: Children are naturally curious about the world, non-fiction can give parents a way to answer questions and demonstrates how to find information. Non-fiction teaches children that books can be more than stories, books can tell you why the sun is so bright or why a baby skunk doesn’t stink or what going to school is like…or…well, you get the picture.

Read This! NurtureShock:New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Monday, May 10th, 2010

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

I’m a little late to the praise party for this book, but I can’t help myself from jumping on the bandwagon.  Disclaimer:  I don’t like to read non-fiction, and I have never successfully completed a “parenting book.”  But I devoured this book.  Why?  Because it’s written in a completely accessible style and it’s not a “parenting book.”  It’s a book about how kids (of all ages) work, and ways that we’ve been completely misinterpreting them for years.

For example, most of us praise our kids, for all kinds of mundane things, all the time.  It’s the best way to instill confidence and self-esteem, right?  Wrong!  Read chapter 1, “The Inverse Power of Praise” to find out more.

And what’s up with teens, anyway?  They’re so angsty and moody.  But, I guess that’s just the way things are, they’ll grow out of it.  Or maybe it’s that chronic sleep deprivation increases moodiness, adversely affects problem solving skills, and actually causes our brains to process unhappy experiences more effectively than happy ones.  Chapter 2, “The Lost Hour” explains it way better than I ever could.

And I wish I could copy chapter 10, “Why Hannah Talks and Alyssa Doesn’t” and hand it out to every mother I see with an infant or toddler in tow.  See, we’ve always been told that the most important thing you can do to develop your child’s language skills is talk to them.  A lot.  About anything.  But that’s not it at all — it turns out how we respond to our child’s babbling has a lot more to do with language aquisition than what we say to them.

But wait, there’s more!  Chapters about race identification, why kids lie, “gifted” children, sibling relationships, teen rebellion, self-control and social skills literally offer something for every parent, regardless of the age of your child.

So here you go — a non-fiction book anyone can appreciate.  Don’t be put off by the science and the scary number on the spine.  You’ll like it, I promise.  I’d never steer you wrong.

And it this doesn’t float your boat, check out some of our other parenting books to find something that works for you.

Biographies Kids Will Want to Read!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Seems like every year one teacher or another gives a biography assignment.  If you’re looking for a great kid-friendly biography, look no further.

Reserve it!

More biographies for kids! Or, if you need to write a report on a person of interest, check out our Biographies explore guide to get started on your research!

Cloudy with a chance of weird weather

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

We know you loved the movie, now use it to introduce the kids to weird weather facts and fun experiments.  Check out these books to get you started:

     

Find more meteorology books for kids!

Best Books for Boys

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Check out our full list of Suggested Books for Boys or browse Adventure Stories, Funny Stories, Non-Fiction, Realistic Fiction & Sports Stories.

Wheels on the Bus

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

There are going to be a lot of first-time bus riders this year! To help your child prepare, we’ve gathered up a few suggestions for you!

Singing Raffi’s version of The Wheels on the Bus song in the car makes time on the highway fly by!

For older children, try out the Magic School Bus series.