National Non-Fiction November

From Federation of Children's Book Groups

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3

Region(s): All of UK

National Non-Fiction November was set up by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups as a way to highlight the importance of information books, and to promote reading non-fiction for pleasure. Each year, National Non-Fiction November has a different theme. The theme for 2022 is Communication.

The FCBG website provides resources to support National Non-Fiction November, including:

  • Themed booklists.
  • An illustrated interview competition. Based on the Interview With series, pupils aged 5-12 are invited to write and illustrate a Q and A style interview with an animal or historical character of their choice.
  • Ideas and activities to help celebrate NNFN.

About The Federation of Children’s Book Groups: The FCBG is an umbrella organisation that coordinates and supports the work of local Children’s Book Groups across the UK. As well as events for parents and children organised at a local level, the FCBG also organises the FCBG Children’s Book Award and other national events to help bring children and books together.

Further resources:

  • Good sources of recommendations for non-fiction books include CLPE’s CoreBooks, LoveReading4Schools and Book for Topics.
  • Children’s book awards for non-fiction include the SLA Information Book Award, the Young People’s Book Prize and the UKLA Information Book Awards. Their shortlists are another good source of high-quality non-fiction titles for the library.
  • Get your pupils involved with choosing the winner of the SLA Information Book Award and the Young People’s Book Prize to encourage them to read and discuss non-fiction books.
  • Consider adding an age-appropriate newspaper and/or a non-fiction magazine to the library to provide a wide range of reading material for your students. Choose from a selection here.
  • Don’t forget that non-fiction authors also do author visits and workshops. Authors Aloud and Authors Abroad both have non-fiction authors on their books and can help arrange a visit that fits your needs.
  • Looking to explore the role of non-fiction in the primary classroom in more depth?  Just Imagine and CLPE offer CPD courses that examine the specific reading skills required by non-fiction and provide practical approaches for teaching non-fiction in the primary classroom.

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fcbg.org.uk

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