BOOKS OF THE WEEK
This week, the Junior Librarians Yara (from Owl class) and Zack (from Eagle class) are sharing with us their favourite non-fiction reads.
Firstly, Yara recommends Cooking Step by Step edited by James Mitchem.
Yara’s reason for her choice:
“I like non-fiction books. I really enjoy creating things which is why I have chosen this cookbook.”
Mrs Harvey would also support Yara’s choice. The book contains a huge array of savoury and sweet recipes, perfect for any first time chef! Our Library Learning Wall displays some lovely pictures of Yara, busily following some of the recipes – with excellent results!
Secondly, Zack has chosen Sharks by Simon Mugford.
Zack reason for his choice:
“I am really interested in sharks and this book has lots of information and some really great pictures”.
Our Grimsdell library has numerous books about underwater creatures from sharks to sea urchins! Sharks excite a definite fascination amongst our Grimsdell readership. This book takes you on an underwater journey of discovery into the amazing, dangerous world of sharks. With fantastic facts and incredible photographs, this book gives you a close-up look at the biggest, the fastest and the deadliest creatures in the sea.
Mrs Harvey encourages the borrowing of non-fiction books. Non-fiction books are a popular choice by many of our Grimsdell borrowers. I have written previously about the importance of non-fiction in the development a child’s literacy skills. Non-fiction underpins all other learning: comprehending non-fiction is a life skill. The reading and sharing of non-fiction literature develops reading comprehension, builds background knowledge and develops analytical skills.
How do you encourage your child to read non-fiction if they are a reluctant non-fiction reader? I often encourage children to pair their fiction book with a non-fiction text, as this can make their enjoyment and understanding of the fiction text much richer. Competent readers make meaning from a text not only by knowing what the words mean, but by bringing what they know of the world to the text. It’s worth noting that children are more likely to engage with a non-fiction text related to a story that they are emotionally invested in. Alternatively, go with your child’s interests. Whether it is dogs or princesses, find non-fiction books to match your child’s passions. Include ‘how to’ books such as Junk Modelling that teach them how create new and exciting items or try a science experiment book for all the budding scientists out there! We have a wide range of non-fiction books – I am sure there is something to tempt everyone!