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For decades, we’ve classified fiction as a way to study, understand, and, ultimately, teach it better. However, up to now, nonfiction hasn’t received this same level of intention. In 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children’s Books, Melissa Stewart and Marlene Correia present a new way to sort nonfiction into five major categories and show how doing so can help teachers and librarians build stronger readers and writers. Along the way, they:
- introduce the 5 kinds of nonfiction—active, browseable, traditional, expository literature, and narrative—and explore each category through discussions, classroom examples, and insights from leading children’s book authors;
- offer tips for building strong, diverse classroom and library collections;
- provide more than 20 activities to enhance literacy instruction; and
- include innovative strategies for sharing and celebrating nonfiction with students.
In Manú National Park in Peru, an amazing fourteen different species of monkeys live together. That’s more than in any other rainforest in the world! How can they coexist so well? Find out in this lyrical, rhyming picture book that explores each monkey’s habits, diet, and home, illustrating how this delicate ecosystem and its creatures live together in harmony. From howler monkeys to spider monkeys to night monkeys, young readers will love getting to know these incredible primates and seeing the amazing ways they share their forest.
Underdogs, unite! Celebrated nonfiction author Melissa Stewart offers young readers a funny, informative look at some animal “underdogs” that have amazing means of survival.
Pee-ew! Should the stinky, skunk-like zorilla take a bath? And should the slowpoke Galápagos tortoise get a move on? Everyone knows “cool” animals like elephants and cheetahs, but you should meet these lesser-known creatures that have amazing, creative means of survival!
Written with a lively, playful voice, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers introduces young readers to a variety of animal “underdogs” and explains how characteristics that might seem like weaknesses are critical for finding food and staying safe in an eat-or-be-eaten world.
Along with her engaging animal facts, noted science writer Melissa Stewart (author of the award-winning A Place for… nonfiction series) weaves in a gentle message of understanding and celebrating differences. Stephanie Laberis’s bright, humorous, and scientifically accurate illustrations add to the fun.
Eureka! Gold Nonfiction Children’s Book Award ―California Reading Association
Golden Kite (Nonfiction Honor Book) ―Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Massachusetts Book Awards (Honor Book) ―Massachusetts Center for the Book
Virginia Readers’ Choice (Master List) ―Virginia State Reading Association
Also available from Melissa Stewart:
Beneath the Sun
A Place for Bats
A Place for Birds
A Place for Butterflies
A Place for Fish
A Place for Frogs
A Place for Turtles
Under the Snow
When Rain Falls
Can an aardvark bark? No, but it can grunt. Lots of other animals grunt too…
Barks, grunts, squeals—animals make all kinds of sounds to communicate and express themselves. With a growling salamander and a whining porcupine, bellowing giraffes and laughing gorillas, this boisterous book is chock-full of fun and interesting facts and is sure to be a favorite of even the youngest animal enthusiasts.