Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Location: online via Zoom
Trainer: Meredith Inkeles, Kinry Road Elementary School Library
Think back to when you were in elementary school. Do you remember the nonfiction books of your youth? Most of the old nonfiction books were filled with high vocabulary text, not many pictures, and boring covers. Perhaps that is why today, when adults are asked to list their favorite books, they are often fiction. However, the children today read a variety of colorful and exciting nonfiction books and, more often than not, would prefer to read a nonfiction book over a fiction book.
Prolific, award-winning nonfiction author Melissa Stewart has been classifying this new surge of nonfiction. After years of thinking and analyzing, she has created the Five Kinds of Nonfiction. Melissa Stewart, along with Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, Marlene P. Correia, published 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children's Books in July 2021. Librarians must be at the forefront of this new evolution of nonfiction and help introduce this new vocabulary to our readers. In this presentation, be prepared to learn the five kinds of nonfiction categories based on Stewart and Correia’s book and see exemplar titles for each category.