Fiction literature has always been my preference. It just appeals to me much more than non-fiction does. But I couldn’t let a whole series of literature go by without at least one post devoted to non-fiction. There is just so much out there! Judging by the library bookshelves, there seems to be more non-fiction than fiction. (I say this having nothing to back up my statement and just eyeballing the shelves.) But I have a hard time choosing non-fiction books unless something is specifically recommended to me. I realize that non-fiction is such a broad topic. Unless there is a specific subject you are interested in, it’s hard for someone to make recommendations. And since non-fiction is organized by subject instead of by author as fiction is, I find it harder to browse. (I bet some people find it easier to browse this way. But my mind doesn’t work that way.) And when you find book lists and recommendations of what to read, most of the time they are fiction books.
So, what did I do? I talked to the librarian, of course! After story time, I approached her and asked my question and was directed to the head of the department who, I was told, does all the non-fiction book ordering. So I asked this librarian and was delighted by her response. I could tell how passionate she was about books. I told her that my age range was around 4-7 years old and she ended up giving me a list of authors that came immediately to her mind that were worth searching for. I’ll list them here for you:
- Anne Rockwell
- Gail Gibbons
- Roxi Munro
- Steven Jenkins
- Nic Bishop
- Seymour Simon
The last two she listed for the quality of the pictures because apparently the reading level is appropriate for children a bit older than the 4-7 age group.
But that was not all. Oh, no. She led me right out to those bookshelves and started plucking books off the shelves and into my (rather full) arms. I hadn’t brought the stroller in, which was unfortunate for me because I couldn’t keep hold of Blueberry and all these books at the same time. (Plus other costume-related paraphenalia–the story time included wearing Halloween costumes this week.) Strawberry, I am happy to say, was most helpful in her own way, but ultimately I had to keep taking off after him, which he thought was the most hilarious game of cat-and-mouse. And that librarian just kept pulling books and waiting for me to come back. But I digress…
Needless to say, I came home with a large pile of books, which was amplified by Strawberry’s selections. She grew bored of my conversation with the head librarian and ended up choosing a countless number of randoms from the shelves. I was too frazzled to look through them, so we piled them on and made a beeline for circulation.
So here are the non-fiction books that came home with us this afternoon.
I am not familiar with any of these authors’ works. But I figure this will be a good starting point for us as we delve into more non-fiction reading. And I am also going to start doing some more research to see if I can find some non-fiction book lists that will be helpful to us…although I may have to first determine which subjects we want to read about!
Where do you go to find quality non-fiction books?
This post is part of a 31-day series on Enjoying Children’s Literature. To read all the posts, click here.