Non-Fiction Monday


My children like to write almost as much as I do. We can spend an entire morning writing stories or journaling together and never get bored.

Most of the time we’ll work on our own ideas, but sometimes we enjoy doing the exercises in Gail Carson Levine’s “Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly.”

Even though it’s written for children ages 9 and up, I’ve been using it for years with my kids (currently ages 9 and 6). They like using her writing prompts to spark their own creativity and her conversational tone makes the book a great teaching tool. I’ll read through it myself when I need inspiration or a gentle reminder of how to make my characters sparkle.

I’m hosting Non-Fiction Monday for the Kidlitosphere today, so if you have a related post, leave the link in the comments.

Shirley at SimplyScience writes about Plate Tectonics
simplyscience.wordpress.com

Recently on INK: Interesting Nonfiction for Kids

“The Inconstant Moon” by Cheryl Harness, “Both Sides of the Story?” by Marfe Ferguson Delano, “When Reptiles Had Whiskers” by Loreen Leedy, “Lots of Kids Who Think they Hate Reading are Actually Avid Nonfiction Lovers” by Linda Salzman, “How Amazing is That?” by Susan E. Goodman, “An Unexpected Hero” by Barbara Kerley, “Don’t Take My Word For It” by Richard Panchyk, and “Pouring on the Salt” by Rosalyn Schanzer. http://inkrethink.blogspot.com

Roberta continues her quest to find nonfiction for older readers with a review of “Tools of Timekeeping” at blog.wrappedinfoil.com

Heidi Bee Roemer reviews “Why Are Animals Blue?”
at the Wild About Nature blog: http://wildaboutnaturewriters.blogspot.com

Bookends Blog has a post about the Bob Marley picture book biography, “I and I”
http://bookends.booklistonline.com

Nonfiction Monday review at 100 Scope Notes 100scopenotes.wordpress.com

“Sandy’s Circus,” a fabulous picture book bio on Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee Stone thegiftofabook.blogspot.com

“Discover the Oceans” over at
A Patchwork of Books

See art from Brian Floca’s MOONSHOT today:
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

As everyone assesses President Obama’s 6 month term, Lori Calabrese is assessing the Barack Obama picture books by Nikki Grimes and Jonah Winter.

Obama’s Performance in Children’s Books

Abby (the) Librarian has a review of Remember Little Rock
abbylibrarian.blogspot.com

I’ll keep adding links to great non-fiction for kids throughout the day. Enjoy!

18 thoughts on “Non-Fiction Monday

  1. Hi — Thanks for hosting!

    Recently on INK: Interesting Nonfiction for Kids — “The Inconstant Moon” by Cheryl Harness, “Both Sides of the Story?” by Marfe Ferguson Delano, “When Reptiles Had Whiskers” by Loreen Leedy, “Lots of Kids Who Think they Hate Reading are Actually Avid Nonfiction Lovers” by Linda Salzman, “How Amazing is That?” by Susan E. Goodman, “An Unexpected Hero” by Barbara Kerley, “Don't Take My Word For It” by Richard Panchyk, and “Pouring on the Salt” by Rosalyn Schanzer.
    http://inkrethink.blogspot.com/

  2. LiLa – I'm so thankful that they enjoy reading and writing. I love being able to share that with them.

    BJW – Lucky you to hear her speak! I think she's amazing.

    Barrie – Definitely give it a try. We've had a lot of fun with it.

  3. Kelly H-Y – I'll have to share some of their stories. They're good little writers 🙂

    Krista – Thanks! Glad you enjoy!

    Shelli – Isn't it a great book? And I'm glad you like the links.

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