Good creative nonfiction helps kids learn to think by engaging their curiosity. -- Shannon Barfield, Senior Ed., Learner Publishing


Creative Nonfiction: A True Story Well Told
Susan Taylor Brown describes creative nonfiction, its history and, perhaps, its future.



Cassie's ALP inquiry question was about integrating YA literature into the science curriculum.
Many of her students' selections are nonfiction. See We Are the Weathermakers from the Top
Ten Books for the Environment, 2010 below. Click on this image to view her multimedia report.

50 Books About Peace and Social Justice
Nonfiction as well as fiction and other genres are represented.

Jane Addams Children's Book Award
"For promotion of peace, social justice, world community, and/or equality of the sexes and all races"
2011 award winners for older children are Ninth Ward about Hurricane Katrina and Birmingham Sunday about the 1963 bombing
of the Birmingham church.

Announcing the First Year of YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Writing for Teens!
We're lucky to have this new award!

Best Books for Teens List from the American Library Association
(note the Nonfiction lists for each year)

Alex Awards for Adult Books for Older Teens
There are some terrific nonfiction titles here but you'll need to check to see which are nonfiction because all genres are included here.

Top Ten Books on the Environment, 2010
Many of these are nonfiction.

Jon Scieszka's Guys Read
Check out "Books for Guys" to find nonfiction lists. Of course, they're not just for guys. Caps off to the Salem Middle School (Apex, NC) "Guys Read Field Office" (see Global Map).

Notable Trade Books from the National Council of Social Studies
Carter G. Woodson Award-Winning Books for Social Science
Books that teach young readers about social science and specifically ethnicity . . .

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students, K-12



Bold Books for Innovative Teaching: Nonfiction Books in the Classroom: Undervalued, Underused, and Oversimplified, Jeffrey S. Kaplan.The English Journal, Vol. 93, No. 2, Being and Becoming a Teacher (Nov., 2003), pp. 91-94.

This article is available online through NCSU Libraries.



History or Myth?
Interesting podcast on the tension historians feel about how to make history accessible without compromising the facts.


The Book Lovers' Wiki
A bold project that leaves a helpful archive -- check out the nonfiction list.



Marc Aronson's Blog, Nonfiction Matters
The author of our textbook blogs for School Library Journal.