National Non-Fiction Day

National Non Fiction-Day is the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual celebration of all things factual. The brain child of Adam Lancaster during his years as Chair, the day celebrates all those readers that have a passion for information and facts and attempts to bring non fiction celebration in line with those of fiction.

National Non-Fiction Day happens every first Thursday in November and although we encourage a number of events to happen on the day itself we also like to see events happening during the whole week. Whether it just be a small display in a library or a big author event as long as facts and information and non fiction readers are being celebrated you are entering into the spirit of National Non-Fiction Day.

cache_220_96_3__99_WoScienceThis year (2013) NNFD is working with the fantastic Chris Lloyd, author of the amazing What on Earth books and wallbooks. Together we are celebrating the launch of Chris’ new wallbook The Wallbook of Science (with the Science Museum) which contains, in chronological order the greatest scientific discoveries and inventions ever!

Science and engineering has played such an important part in shaping our lives from the beginning of time that it is hard to imagine what our lives would be like if we weren’t constantly attempting new things and pushing boundaries whilst extending our knowledge.

Therefore for this year’s NNFD we are asking Federation Book Groups, schools and individuals to design their own wallbook in the style of Chris Lloyd.

We would like to know your top 20 greatest scientific inventions/discoveries and for you to put them into your own illustrated timeline. We will be providing a template for people to use but if you feel you can design your own style, all we ask is that it is in true chronological order.

The competition launced on November 1st and closing on the 30th November. For full details. including terms and conditions, click here. For a template you can use if you wish to, click here.

There are truly unique prizes to be won. The winning individual entry will win a cash prize of £500. The winning school, team or group entry will win a signed copy of the Wallbook for each team member, an author visit by Chris Lloyd to the school associated with the winning team AND a GIANT 5m long edition of the Wallbook worth £299!

Click here for the full press release.

Philip Ardagh signing books on National Non-Fiction Day 2010

Celebrating National Non-Fiction Day 2010 with Ipswich Children’s Book Group