Non-fiction literacy tips

Non-fiction covers such a huge range of topics that your child is certain to find something they’re interested in. This Non-fiction November, encourage their enjoyment of non-fiction reading and writing with our literacy tips.

  • Take a trip – There are so many places to visit that encourage thinking about non-fiction. Museums, zoos, farms and parks are all across the country and many are free to visit. Why not visit one near you and encourage your child to point out and discuss what you’re seeing? Many attractions also have guides for kids to fill out as you go along.

  • Design a quiz – is there a particular topic your child is passionate about? Get them to write down and ask you a set of questions to test your knowledge on their chosen subject.

  • Think aloud when reading – when you’re reading a non-fiction book with your child, ask questions out loud as you read along. Encourage them to think about what they found particularly interesting or strange, and what they might want to know more about. You can build on their interests from there!

  • Create your own non-fiction book – we’ve put together a guide to help your child make their own non-fiction book on a topic they love – whether that’s space, a certain football player or Minecraft! You can read our guide here.

  • Visit the library – libraries have excellent non-fiction sections which cover a huge number of topics. Visit with your child and pick out books for yourself, encouraging them to choose some books that interest them too. You can then read them at home side-by-side and discuss what you’ve discovered! You can look for some of the titles in our Non-fiction November reading list too.

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