#NNFN: The Need for Diversity in Information Books

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#NNFN: The Need for Diversity in Information Books

Earlier this month, the winners of the 2016 SLA Information Book Awards were announced, and at the awards ceremony, Hilary Murray Hill, CEO at Hachette Children’s Books, gave a wonderful speech about the need for diversity in information books. Today, with her permission, we reproduce an edited version of her speech. ************** The Need for […]

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NNFN: Re-imagining Non-Fiction – What if?

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Today’s guest post comes from Alex Woolf. Alex has has worked as a writer and editor for over 20 years and has written over a hundred non-fiction titles, as well as some 18 novels and chapter books, aimed mainly at children and young adults. His non-fiction encompasses a whole variety of subjects, from science and […]

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And the winner of the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize is…

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How Machines Work by David Macaulay (DK) The shortlisting judges said: “This book isn’t just dry pages about what engineering is. It’s a very exciting story about a sloth that has to get somewhere and in order to get to where he’s going; he has to build levers, he has to build bridges. Each of […]

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NNFN: Science for everyone – a guest post by Toby Parkin, Wonderlab Curator

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Ever thought that science isn’t for you? Let Toby Parkin, Wonderlab Curator at the Science Museum in London persuade you otherwise in today’s guest post for National Non-Fiction November. **************** “Many young people grow up thinking that science isn’t for them. They might think that it’s too hard, too boring or just something for old […]

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NNFN: On Your Bike

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One thing we’re really hoping this year’s celebration of non-fiction will achieve is a growing awareness of the huge variety of non-fiction books out there. From wordless non-fiction, to fact compendiums, via stories which just happen to be true, there really is a non-fiction book (and more!) for everyone. Today we’re sharing an excerpt from […]

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NNFN: A giveaway of non-fiction books to inspire young writers and illustrators

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Thanks to Abrams & Chronicle Books we’ve a giveaway today, of a pair or non-fiction books sure to inspire young writers and illustrators. 642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition by 826 Valencia is new oversized journal is packed with peculiar and provocative prompts that encourage young writers to think BIG. Whether imagining […]

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NNFN: The power of stories – A guest post from Isabel Thomas

Today’s guest post is brought to us by Isabel Thomas. Isabel is a science writer and primary school governor. Her biographies for children include The World’s First Women Doctors, The Misadventures of Charles Darwin, the graphic text Great Artists, and How To Change the World, shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2016. […]

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NNFN: A Q&A with explorer and author Simon Chapman

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Today we’ve an interview with a modern day Indian Jones who also just happens to be a non-fiction author! Simon Chapman, a self-confessed jungle addict who has canoed the Armu River in Siberia looking for tigers, crossed the Bolivian Lowlands by horse, canoe, and on foot and taken his family on an intrepid trekthrough a […]

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NNFN: Balancing Finding Facts with Telling Stories – A guest post by David Long

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Today’s guest post for National Non-Fiction November is brought to us by David Long, historian and author of Survivors: Extraordinary tales from the wild and beyond (illustrated by Kerry Hyndman). David has written more than twenty non-fiction books on a wide range of historical subjects, including the acclaimed Animals’ VC: For Gallantry and Devotion and Jet the […]

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NNFN: Putting Children’s Non-fiction Firmly on the Map – an opinion piece by Lionel Bender

“Respect. Identity. Equal Rights. That’s what Children’s Non-fiction needs. Non-fiction is as important as fiction. With it, children can learn to read and write fluently. With non-fiction, they can develop the literacy and literary skills they need for everyday life. They can discover many styles of writing and illustrating children’s books. They can learn about […]

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