February 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

7 True Historical Adventure Tales for Kids Who Can’t Get Enough “I Survived”

Nonfiction survival stories remain a popular genre for tweens. These seven titles offer unique perspectives and riveting adventure.

Using Nonfiction in Book Clubs for Tweens

When planning for student book clubs, don’t forget about nonfiction, says librarian Jennifer Wharton.

Looking at U.S. History Through a Different Lens | Nonfiction Notions

When librarian Jennifer Wharton began weeding the 900s section of the children’s library, she discovered that her history and biography sections were in dire need of updating. She took it as an opportunity to seek out books that offered different—and much needed—perspectives.

Getting Tweens To Think (and Act) Globally | Nonfiction Notions

These six nonfiction titles illuminate global challenges and offer readers meaningful ways to make a difference in their world.

Tween Titles to Inspire Science-Based Community Projects | Nonfiction Notions

In a continuing series on nonfiction books that help tweens “build a better world,” Nonfiction Notions columnist Jennifer Wharton recommends several titles that support science-based community projects.

Titles to Inspire Tweens and Teens to “Build a Better World” This Summer

Nonfiction Notions columnist Jennifer Wharton highlights a few titles perfect for this year’s Collaborative Summer Learning Program theme, “Build a Better World.”

Comical Information | Nonfiction Notions

Can the graphic novel format ever be considered “true” nonfiction? For librarian Jennifer Wharton, who recommended several recent favorites, they occupy a space between fiction and nonfiction, offering readers a highly accessible and exciting entry into informational text.

Series for Every Type of Reluctant Reader | Nonfiction Notions

Librarian Jennifer Wharton explains the three major reluctant reader types and recommends high-interest titles for each.

Excellent Narrative Nonfiction Mentor Texts | Nonfiction Notions

Narrative nonfiction offers opportunities to teach students how to structure a research project, pose questions, investigate sources, and draw conclusions. These five titles are ideal mentor texts for use in classrooms and curricula.

Selecting and Promoting Nonfiction in Your Library | Nonfiction Notions

Welcome to Nonfiction Notions, a new column devoted to exploring and recommending middle grade nonfiction. If you and your readers have always thought that nonfiction meant boring textbooks, dry as dust tomes, or—gasp!—factoid books with no redeeming qualities, think again! There’s a whole world of amazing middle grade narrative and expository nonfiction waiting to entice readers.