It’s easy when thinking of books for children to only think of fiction titles, but every year the Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG) celebrate a month of all things factual with National Non-Fiction November. The month is an opportunity to promote reading non-fiction for pleasure and encourage children to be curious about facts and information, as well as laud sections of our bookshops and libraries that are too often ignored.
Schools, book groups and publishers up and down the country are sharing their love of non-fiction works by delving deep into historical and scientific subjects, holding events and reading sessions, and arranging author visits.
Each year there is a theme, and this year’s is The World Around Us, focusing on books that explore natural environments and their flora and fauna. The hope is that this will encourage young readers to expand their knowledge and curiosity, and engage with the world around them, including with conservation and animal protection efforts.
There are competitions and giveaways planned for throughout November, as well as special guest blogs, which you can keep an eye out for on the FCBG Twitter account here @FCBGNews. The FCBG website (http://www.fcbg.org.uk/national-non-fiction-november/) is full of suggested titles to get you started, plus resources, posters and bookmarks – everything you need to celebrate non-fiction in your school!