Stranger Than Fiction?


Have you noticed a slight difference in your reading assignments this year? Where in previous years an assignment might have been for “Historical Fiction," now the teachers may want just "History"...the real deal. This is a sign of an overall shift from fiction to non-fiction, which isn’t all bad. We're getting a lot of great new nonfiction books.

What Do They Do?: Doctors by Josh GregoryNew Nonfiction for Children

Here are some children’s nonfiction books I just pulled from our New Books shelf:

What Do They Do?: Doctors by Josh Gregory gives a good basic view of what these folks do and what you need to do if you want to become one. Want something with excitement? Try Choppers by Sarah Tieck (that's about the two wheel variety).

Somebody's always coming up with animal assignments. The series called Early Bird Nature Books has some great titles, like Giant Pandas by Lynn Stone.

Finally, for those of you who keep asking us for record books, there's Seymour Simon’s Extreme Earth Records. These books are as interesting as you're likely to find on the fiction shelves, and the pictures are way better.


Author Bio:

Joe Toschik is a Public Services Librarian at Half Moon Bay Library who used to spend all his library time in the non-fiction section until his teachers started throwing "literature" assignments at him.

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