There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who prefer to read fiction and those who perfer nonfiction.
Think about it.
Some of us naturally prefer reading fiction (me) while others naturally prefer nonfiction (husband, eldest daughter). For those that are naturally inclined to nonfiction, they will read voraciously in that genre without needing much encouragement.
I once taught a 5th grader who only read the encyclopedia. Getting her to read a novel was incredibly challenging! (Impossible, actually. She’s a lawyer now.)
What kind of reader are you? What about your kids?
It’s good for us, kids included, to read outside our preferred genre.
Make Non-Fiction Cool To Fiction Lovers
Get books with great photographs.
Seriously. If the book has photographs – not drawings – it’s so much more engaging to readers! Plus, a book with borders, different colors or backgrounds appeal to young readers.
Watch text to picture ratio.
If there is a ton of text crammed into a page, it’s not appealing to read. Look for books with not too many words all crammed together. Look for text boxes and blank space on the page. That’s less intimidating and way more exciting to read.
Pick something your child is interested in.
I only read non-fiction books in which I’m interested. I just cannot motivate to read the history books my husband enjoys. Same for your kids, right?
– Table of Contents
– Titles and headings
– Bold words
– Charts and diagrams
Start with that and let me know how it goes! Have fun – and remember, reading non-fiction is good for us adults, too!
Why Kids Need to Read Nonfiction
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