National Non-Fiction November Resources

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. The World Around Us

Keep an eye on this page as we will be adding more resources over the next couple of months. Newer resources will be placed towards the top of the page. 

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Dorling Kindersley’s Activity Pack:
Animals for All Ages

We are delighted that DK are celebrating National Non-Fiction November’s theme of ‘The World Around Us’ with a wonderful pack of animal activities for children of all ages. DK’s amazing animal books are for everyone; whether aged 1 to 101. The activities are based on Goodnight Baby Moon, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals, Illustrated Animal Atlas and Explanatorium of Nature. The activities can also be downloaded here: 


Please note that each of our Children’s Book Groups will be sent a ready printed pack to use during their NNFN events.

NNFN 2017 Resource Packs
We are delighted that Bloomsbury Children’s Books has put together free packs of marketing materials which include an assortment of bookmarks, posters, activity sheets, postcards and stickers (all subject to availability) and are designed to be used for displays and giveaways during National Non-Fiction November. All you have to do to obtain one of these fabulous packs is to email using the subject NNFN2017 Resource Pack, and provide your name and the address you would like your pack to be posted to. The packs will be supplied on a first come first served basis and for as long as stocks last.

The Amazing Animal Atlas: Teachers’ Notes
Many thanks to Flying Eye Books for providing these great activities designed for Y5 and Y6 pupils, which are linked to this fabulous new large-format animal atlas. Look out for Dr Nick Crumpton’s  guest post which will be appear on the FCBG Blog towards the end of November. This will include details about a competition to win a copy of the book – will you be one of the five lucky people? Animal Atlas_Teachers Notes3

Caring for the environment 

This animated version of Look After Your Planet by Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, provides a great way to introduce the idea of recycling. 

There are more suggestions for books to help teach young children about the environment here. 


Watch this inspirational Ted Talk which demonstrates that with ingenuity and determination teenagers can help to make a difference.

With the DVD of An Inconvenient Sequel due for release, you may also wish to revisit the original film, An Inconvenient Truth (2006), which is about Al Gore’s campaign to educate American citizens about global warming.


The World Around Us booklist
An illustrated guide to some of the great non-fiction books that are currently available for children and young people to read for personal interest and pleasure. You can download your copy here: The World Around Us booklist

Amazing Animals poster
Dorling Kindersley have designed this beautiful poster DK Amazing Animals to coincide with National Non-Fiction November, which you can download and print to use in your book corners and library displays.

Posters for all ages
Franklin Watts and Wayland have created these inspirational posters especially for National Non-Fiction November, which can be downloaded and printed to enhance your displays.
NNFN2017_PrimaryPoster NNFN2017_SecondaryPoster

We are delighted that a young artist called Sam Heath has designed three beautiful bookmarks for us, which reflect and complement the ‘World Around Us’ theme. As you will see we have provided 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.

Into the woods

The Woodland Trust suggests a wide range of autumn activities which includes using a Twig iDial to help identify trees without leaves. But if you are out and about when trees are in leaf use the Leaf iDial. Look at The Stick Book (Frances Lincoln) to discover a variety of stick-based projects, activities and games for inspiration. Here are some more book suggestions:





National Tree Week: 25th November – 3rd December 2017

0rganised by the Tree Council since 1975, this launches the start of the winter tree planting season. For more information and how to get involved see here and watch this video which explains why trees are so important. Or this one which shows the impact that one man has made on his local environment by planting trees

Trees, paper and recycling  

Don’t forget the link between trees and books! Next time you share or read a book, check out if it has been made from wood from responsible sources, by looking out for the FSC logo 

Click here for a short summary of how paper is made with an emphasis on the benefits of recycling, which provides an opportunity to discuss recycling generally.

You could also have a look at John Agard’s brilliant My Name is Book (Walker) to discover other plants that have been used to make paper during the history of the book.






Origami Bookmarks

Use this easy-to-follow video to learn the basics of making origami bookmarks. (See printable guide below). Then get inspired by illustrations and photos of animals, birds, reptiles and insects, picking out their key features to help you create your own ‘World Around Us’ designs. You will also find a wide range of images of bookmarks online. All you need is coloured origami paper (but you could also cut A4 paper down to size), scissors, glue, felt tips and other decorative items such as googly eyes, feathers and sequins. 

If you’re working with a group or class have ‘some I made earlier’ examples to show them what’s possible – but you’ll find that the children will be keen to design their own and you’ll be amazed at what they come up with!

Thank you to Maggy Woodley for the original idea and video. Here is the basic bookmark guide, which also includes images of a variety of designs. There are many more brilliant ideas, including an origami owl finger puppet/pencil topper, here.

The book mentioned in the video is no longer available from retailers, but you can order a copy directly from Maggie by contacting her at It costs £13.99 including UK postage.

By the way, this idea works equally well for book characters.



Posters To Collect

What On Earth Books are giving away a fantastic poster in each of the October and November issues of National Geographic Kids. If you don’t already subscribe, take the opportunity to try out this great magazine which makes the perfect choice for this year’s NNFN theme ‘The World Around Us’, AND obtain two beautiful, information-packed posters at the same time. Each poster features the NNFN logo in support of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual promotion of reading non-fiction for pleasure. Use the posters to encourage children and young people to engage with fascinating facts or to enhance your NNFN displays.

You can find out more about the magazine and subscription options here and you can find out more about What on Earth Books here



How to make a bird cake and more

If you are planning to focus on the birds in your garden, park, nearby nature reserve or local countryside during National Non-Fiction November, you may want to try out some of these brilliant bird-related activities provided by the RSPB. Click here. Almost all of these activities are easy to do, suitable for all ages and would be ideal to include in a Children’s Book Group event. 

If you make one of the bird feeders with your family, group or class, you could ask the children to keep a record of the birds they see visiting their feeder. Use an identification sheet like this as a guide or this but you may need to use this for different/less common birds.

Even better, borrow or buy a bird identification book or two! Here are some suggestions:







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…