I have written many times about how important I think it is to have students to have books in their environment – books that they can interact with, books to read, books that are read to them and books to look at from across the room and think, “Hmm, I’d really like to read that!”
Nonfiction titles are especially wonderful because they spark curiosity, are the perfect thing to enhance and inspire learning on various topics and can be picked up and put down when there are a few minutes here and there to read.
I decided to do a little bit of a nonfiction book tour of my room and sneak in a few favourite titles here and there. Nonfiction books everywhere you look!
For starters, I have a vast personal collection of titles that I read aloud, pull out when we are studying specific topics and use for reference texts to support certain students who have specific questions about their world.
There are four bins of books here like this one below 🙂 I have organized these by theme for easy access (like Ecology, Mammals, Science Concepts, Water, etc)
A few favourites that I have recently added to these bins:
Water is Water written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin
Wandering Whale Sharks by Susumu Shingu
Weeds Find a Way written by Cindy Jenson-Elliott and illustrated by Carolyn Fisher
In this same area I have a bin of picture book biographies.
I love to share biographies with my class. One title I plan to read early in the year is Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls
On another book shelf I have other reference material – both nonfiction and fiction.
In the wonder/nature section are titles like these.
When we are in the full swing of things, the “recently read/booktalked nonfiction shelf” might look like this:
And always, climbing up our walls are book jackets and relevant vocabulary.
In one corner by the sinks is a bin of interesting fact and reference books that I change up every month or so. There is empty counter space here to open up the books and begin reading.
I just pulled some titles out of the nonfiction section of the library so that it reflects the reading and interest levels of the new students coming in – younger readers than last year. If I am wrong, I have some texts in bins ready to pull back out.
We have lots of nonfiction readers.
And a large collection of titles for independent and buddy reading
In some bins, dividers help students who are looking for a particular topic.
Hugely popular series in these bins include:
Creepy Creatures titles by Valerie Bodden
The Grow with Me series
Scholastic Discover More titles
That was a mini tour of the nonfiction in my room. Where can nonfiction titles be found in your classroom/library?
Thanks to Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy for the inspiration to read and share more nonfiction picture books in 2015. Follow the link to Alyson’s blog to read about more nonfiction books you need to read!