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New Nonfiction: Reasons to encourage your child to read nonfiction

by Joanna Rooney on 2021-01-05T15:39:00-05:00 in Children, What To Read | Comments

History, science, animals and space are popular book requests in the library's Children's Room.  Children of all ages truly enjoy reading nonfiction or informational text and many even prefer it over fiction.  Here is a not-so-secret secret—educators believe reading nonfiction is important for our children's academic success.  In the article, Nonfiction in the Early Grades: A Key to Reading Success, author Emily Miksic gives multiple reasons why we should encourage children to read nonfiction. 

Here are the highlights:

  1. Nonfiction motivates reading with high interest books especially for those reluctant readers. 
  2. Nonfiction prepares kids for later grades when the majority of their reading will be informational text. 
  3. Nonfiction helps improve kids’ vocabulary which in turn helps with reading comprehension.
  4. Reading nonfiction is an important resource for children of lesser economic means by building background knowledge, an important tool in learning to read.
  5. Reading nonfiction benefits English Language Learners by connecting concepts in their native language to the new language.  

Read the full article for more details and reasons to encourage children to read nonfiction. 

Check out a few of the Greenburgh Public Library's NEW nonfiction books on dinosaurs, rocket science, famous people, far away countries and more!  

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Life in a Frozen World by Mary Batten; Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator)
From talented and experienced nature writer Mary Batten, this amazing nonfiction picture book provides valuable information about one of the most hostile environments on the planet. It is an ideal resource for young science lovers and educators looking to discuss the effects of climate change.
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