This page offers a variety of ideas, activities and downloadable resources to help you plan for National Non-Fiction November. These include bunting, posters and bookmarks to enhance your book corners and displays and to promote an interest in reading non-fiction for pleasure, as well as easy make and do activities for families, book groups and classes to enjoy. Here is a list of ideas to get you started. Food and Festivals Around the World. We have also created a list of recommended books. Click on the link to download. Food-and-Festivals-Around-the-World-book-list
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Create your own recipe book
This is a great activity for a book group or class. The focus is up to you – it could be favourite meals, ideas for healthy packed lunches, dishes from around the world, food associated with different religious festivals or party food, for example.
The activity provides a great opportunity to look at the conventions of writing a recipe. You may wish to start by looking at examples of published recipe books to get some ideas. You could create a recipe template together (although there are hundreds of readymade ones available online).
Have a look at 57 Ideas for running a book group activity during NNFN here http://www.fcbg.org.uk/national-non-fiction-november-2016/ which includes a section on creating physical copies of a book (p14-15).
If the recipes are for one kind of food (sandwiches or cakes, for example), the book could be made in the same shape as the food type. Alternatively you could use a blank big book available from http://www.madeleinelindley.com/ecommerce/product/blank-big-book.aspx
Talk about healthy eating, dietary requirements, cultural practices and other food related topics will develop naturally when you talk about choosing which recipes to include and their ingredients.
While the concept of Story Sacks is widely known, Curiosity Kits may be less familiar, even though they were first developed in 1998. Read this article posted by Sue Dixon in 2013 to discover how you can develop book bags, originally designed to engage struggling or reluctant readers, which are also bound to appeal to any reader who is fascinated by facts!
Last year a young artist called Sam Heath designed three beautiful bookmarks for us, which reflected and complemented the ‘World Around Us’ theme. These are still available in a number of colour options for you to print out and use with your book groups and classes. Sam is currently working as Artist in Residence at Leighton Park School in Reading.
Use this bunting to decorate a display, book corner or library during National Non Fiction November. Simply print off on A4 paper, cut out and attach to a thin ribbon, using staples. You may, of course, prefer to ask the children you work with to create their own bunting by illustrating their favourite information books or Dewey classification numbers.
Recommended Book Posters
Customise one or more of these posters for classroom doors or windows or to form the basis of a display. They could be filled in either by individual members of staff and/or students. They are designed to be printed on A4 and would work equally well in Primary or Secondary Schools, libraries or book shops. See completed sample here Example. (When opening each document below, depending on how your computer is set up, you may need to select ‘Edit Document’ from the View tab at the top of the screen).
I am currently reading…
I would recommend…
The last book I read…