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This article explains (a) how to teach students to identify the compare-contrast text structure, and to use this structure to support their comprehension, (b) how to use compare-contrast texts to activate and extend students’ background knowledge, and (c) how to use compare-contrast texts to help students expand and enrich their vocabulary.
The three techniques described here — Text Impression, Guiding Questions, and the Retelling Pyramid — can help children become familiar with the language and structure of non-fiction books.
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that o ffers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.
This Bright Ideas article offers ways that teachers can help ELLs work effectively with non-fiction texts and includes strategies for introducing components, structure, and purpose of expository texts.
Our resources can help you find great nonfiction picture books and offer tips on how to get the most out of reading nonfiction.

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Here you can discover the best Children’s Nonfiction in Amazon Best Sellers, and find the top 100 most popular Amazon Children’s Nonfiction.

Candace Fleming is a master at writing narrative nonfiction that is entertaining as well as informative, and her newest book on the tragic and doomed Romanovs is a worthy successor to her last foray into nonfiction, the highly acclaimed Amelia Lost.
This is a wonderful example of a nonfiction book that could be easily incorporated into a storytime for young children about birds and fits into Common Core Curriculum.
The Nonfiction Detectives: Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction and Nonfiction Picture books to teach.

This fun devotional includes 365 upbeat devotions, each with a special twist or dose of humor to keep active boys engaged.
This fun devotional includes 365 upbeat devotions, each with a special twist or dose of humor to keep active boys engaged.
This fun devotional includes 365 upbeat devotions, each with a special twist or dose of humor to keep active boys engaged.
Little girls princesses—complete with tiaras, gowns, and all things sparkly.
Little girls love princesses—complete with tiaras, gowns, and all things sparkly.
Little girls love princesses—complete with tiaras, gowns, and all things sparkly.

This handsomely illustrated book, with paintings in shades of blue, gray, maize and gold, gives an account of how Jewish families, escaping Allied airmen, and various others (some in the Resistance) found respite and shelter in a North African Kabyle mosque in the heart of Paris.
Following the narrative there is a conversation with the director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum about the meaning and message for youngsters of Wiesel’s life, plus reference aids.
Inspired by the author/illustrator’s reaction to a woman’s hat she saw in a glass case in Amsterdam’s Jewish Historical Museum, this is a prose poem meditating on the identity of the woman and on her probable fate during the Holocaust.
The first edition of this unflinching look at the Holocaust was written in 1988 and represented a significant contribution to books about the Holocaust for young people.
Intended as an introduction for children in grades three through five, it contains background information that is essential for any teaching or understanding of the Holocaust.
This biography covers the period from Wiesel’s childhood, through his horrific experiences in concentration camps, to his life and career after the Holocaust.
An introduction to the Holocaust must include some history of anti-Semitism and some background on the social and political atmosphere in Germany following World War I.
First published in the Netherlands by the Anne Frank House, this draws on materials from the archives to give a history of the Frank family and their protectors, plus an account of the preserved Annex where the Frank family and others hid.
Original testimonies from survivors of the ghettos record the hardship, terror, and bravery that they experienced as young people during the Holocaust.
True stories, biographies, and clearly written historical accounts are the foundation of children’s understanding of the Holocaust.
Esther Krinitz survived the Holocaust and lived to raise a family in the United States.
Their tone fluctuates to match the mood of the text, which portrays Korczak’s life from youth to death, last showing him with the orphans he taught marching to the train that would take them all to their deaths.

They are recognized for their fabulous range of Internet Linked books, which link up with their own custom, maintained website, administered by Usborne Publishing Ltd, a UK owned and operated company.
Usborne books contain similar ranges to Dorling Kindersley, with strengths in books for preschool and elementary ages, and offerings for middle school to adult.
You can read more about Pearson Publishers and the fun book ranges they publish on the adult nonfiction books page.
In the USA the publishing agreement for Usborne is with Educational Development Corporation, who also administer the Usborne Books & More direct selling business.
However, for educational reasons, enjoyment, and personal growth, kids need access to a collection of quality nonfiction books.
Homeschool families and librarians are well aware of this and they provide kids with nonfiction fun books from some of the best children’s publishers.
Usborne is a leading publisher of children’s nonfiction books.
Usborne publish colorful, absorbing, interactive, educational, fun books for kids.
Their kids nonfiction books are high quality, very information packed, and robust.
The two most recognized publishers in children’s nonfiction are Usborne and Dorling Kindersley.
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        Take your apples and pare them cleane and core them as ye wyll a Quince, then make youre coffyn after this maner, take a lyttle fayre water and half a dyche [dish] of butter sand a little Saffron, and sette all this upon a chafyngdyshe [chafing dish] tyll it be hoate then temper your flower with this sayd licuor [liquid], and the whyte of two egges and also make your coffyn and ceason your apples with Sinemone [cinnamon],Gynger and Suger ynoughe.
Pare the peelings off the apples and cut them into pieces.  Cut away the cores and throw them out.   Then cut the apples into slices about ¼ inch thick and place them in a large bowl.  Sprinkle the apples with the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and ginger.  Use a large spoon to “toss” them so that the apples are coated with everything else.
Still, World War I brought change to women’s lives in America.  As more than a million young American men sailed to France to fight Germany with the American Expeditionary Forces, young women stepped into traditional male jobs.
Place the second crust on top of the apples.  Then use your fingers to pinch the edges together all around your pie.
           City kids like “Teedie,” as Theodore Roosevelt was nicknamed as a little boy, sailed model boats on Central Park Lake.
Following the directions on the package, remove the pie crusts.  Lay one crust in the bottom of the pan so that it follows the pan’s shape.  If your pan is square, you might need to fit the crust a bit; if you tear the crust, simply patch it together with your fingers.

When looking for nonfiction books to incorporate into lessons, it makes sense to begin by becoming familiar with high quality nonfiction series.
The Common Core State Standards are being rolled out this fall, and teachers around the United States are looking for ways to incorporate more nonfiction books into their lessons.
The Kingfisher Young Knowledge books are introductory chapter books that can be used to introduce kids to using various text features (e.g. table of contents, index, glossary) to search for information.
For teachers, becoming familiar with nonfiction series is an efficient way to become familiar with a lot of nonfiction books quickly.
Fantastic first field guides for children! The Peterson Field Guides For Young Naturalists include several features to help children learn to identify birds and butterflies themselves: a limited selection of species that kids are likely to see, illustrations as well as photographs of each species, and arrows pointing to features to look for when identifying each bird or butterfly.
My kids love all of the books in Frank Serafini’s Looking Closely series.
While the books in the Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science series vary considerably, they are (generally speaking) very well written.
Myra Zarnowski recently wrote an article for School Library Journal with suggestions for incorporating nonfiction series into lessons entitled Nonfiction Series and the Common Core State Standards.
For students, reading multiple books in the same series helps students gain literacy skills.
Look especially for the books in this series written by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop.
Not quite a series, these three books by Anne Rockwell and Megan Halsey are so great that I had to include them.
A week later, the luna larvae–or caterpillar–begins to hatch…” These stand out from other life cycle books because they are written clearly and concisely.
For many teachers, selecting nonfiction books to have students read is a daunting task.
These books are well written and feature accurate illustrations of various species.

This really is the Ultimate Visual Guide to every kingdom of life on earth – a book that should have a place in every home! My girls love to trace the photos, make lists of species, and browse the book constantly.
This book isn’t just about the astronauts, it’s about all the people behind the scenes too – from the seamstresses who made the space suits to the welders and the painters and the programmers.
I was so excited to discover this book and be able to introduce my kids to Chuck Close, his life and his work.
It’s a book that is tender and charming, not unlike a work of Tasha Tudor, and has been a favorite here since the first time we picked it up.
This book introduces art techniques that will inspire even the youngest artist and answers questions from real kids.
This book is the coziest kind of book – the kind that makes you want to curl up under a warm blanket with someone you love.
The format of this book, the visual timeline, is the perfect way to look at history and its inventions.

     90% of U.S. households buy ice cream and ice cream related products every year, with kids ages 2-17 gobbling the most:  they sip it in sodas, slurp it in shakes, plop it on cones, nibble it on sticks, drown it in chocolate syrup Monday through Sundae, and would even eat pizza-a-la-mode, if they could.
Lee’s favorite flavor was Pink Bubblegum.  She used to pick out all the gum chunks (storing them in the pocket of her jeans!), gobble the ice cream, then snap, crackle and pop the gum on the long bike ride home.

The fourth of nine children in a Catholic family in a small town in Wisconsin, Mary Clare works hard to help her mother maintain some sort of order in their chaotic household, while writing letters to a Mother Superior, describing her daily life and hopes for the future.
This four-generational story of an Italian-American family begins with an immigrant who came through Ellis Island with a small shovel and his parents’ advice to work hard, enjoy life, and always remember your family.
Written from the viewpoint of 15-year-old Peter van Pels, this captivating historical novel presents a boy struggling to understand himself, religion, and the members of the Frank family who share the small living space.

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The closest I have to nonfiction is the National Geographic Kids magazine.
The closest I have to nonfiction is the National Geographic Kids magazine.
The closest I have to nonfiction is the National Geographic Kids magazine.
Go to your library there is series called Pebble Books, Rookie Readers, and Bullfrog Books which are perfect for preschoolers.
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Scholastic book fair (you can order on line) has nature books, biographies, etc.
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Smith became the rare rock star to win a competitive literary award (Bob Dylan has win an honorary Pulitzer) and the one-time punk rocker offered an old-fashioned tribute to books.
Patti Smith, who has some experience before audiences, became tearful as she accepted the nonfiction prize for "Just Kids," a bittersweet look back to New York City in the 1960s, when anything really could happen and Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe were just a couple of young artists out to break the rules.
For years, she has written books released by small publishers, most recently, McPherson & Company, based north of Manhattan in Kingston, N.Y. She spoke briefly, acknowledged she had not expected to win and mentioned friends who told her that she had given them hope just by being nominated.
Smith did not sing Wednesday, but there was music on stage, as the white-suited Wolfe crooned a few lines from "The Girl of Ipanema," part of a long, leisurely talk that made up for the brevity of the other winners.
She begged publishers not to let the printed page die in the electronic age and recalled working decades ago at a Scribner’s bookstore, stacking the National Book Award winners and wondering how it would feel to win one.
"So thank you for letting me find out," said Smith, 63, who now claims an award previously given to Rachel Carson, Gore Vidal and Joan Didion.

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This 2009 Grammy Award Winner is filled with uplifting lyrics, toe-tapping harmonies and fun reggae beats that are sure to have both children and adults singing along.
Caspar Babypants, aka ‘Chris Ballew’ of the band Presidents of the United States of America, creates music that is silly, catchy and down-right fun regardless of your age.
The Verve Pipe Are We There Yet? From the same band that released record-breaking hits in the 90’s comes this fun and energetic album that will have the whole family singing along.
Any Elizabeth Mitchell album is a definite winner if you’re wanting a successful pairing of sweet melodies and sincere lyrics.
Between capturing a melody that is catchy but not overwhelming to the senses (or the nerves) and creating lyrics that appeal to a wide age range, it’s no wonder that some people avoid “children’s music” all together.

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For the past five years everyone keeps asking me, “How do I do it?” Family, Friends, Colleagues, Acquaintances, etc, ponder how I am able to manage my life and still be so happy! I was blown away today when I first found your book on how to write a proposal, where I immediately bought your book, signed up for your daily emails, and then followed the link to “Creating Your Personal Life Plan” and Bam! The book/genre I am planning on writing.
“Michael Hyatt’s Writing a Winning Book Proposal drives home the point that there is much more to getting a book published than simply having a great book idea.
Hello Michael, thanks for these great ebooks but can you explain us how to write a winning translation proposal? I mean how to get permission from US publishers for publishing in different language of their existing book.
“Having been a publisher, a literary agent, and a published author, Michael Hyatt has seen book proposals from all sides.
I just ordered Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal – tried to download twice, both times got a damaged file.
“One would have to search far and wide to find anyone more experienced and knowledgeable than Michael Hyatt in the art of writing a good book proposal.
I haven't read this ebook yet, but I did read your article on a winning book proposal several years ago and have been following it in all my proposals.
At the time, I was working on a Bible study so I printed out the Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal.
In utilizing the principles and proposal structure outlined in Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal, I received four offers on my book proposal within six weeks—including offers from our top two priority publishers.
You write what people don’t want to hear….it takes work, time, energy, money….I applaud you for not writing a book that says “be an instant success” in just 3 easy steps.
Just last month a publisher accepted a book proposal that I prepared after reading Michael Hyatt’s clear, concise, and wise advice.
I am an aspiring Author and I wish to thank you for this incredible information on the need for writing a book proposal.
“Whether I’m working with a new author seeking his first book deal or a seasoned writer on a new project, I have recommended Michael Hyatt’s ebooks.
Which would you recommend for someone writing Memoir? I know that it’s obviously, non-fiction but from what I have read most people say to finish the book first before you submit as if it were fiction.
“Michael Hyatt’s book proposal format gives authors, new and veteran, an excellent road map.
I ordered Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal and followed it to the letter to threw together a proposal for my autobiography.
A great book proposal is the #1 way to stand out to an agent or editor and with these resources, Michael gives you the tools you need to make your proposal stand out.
This will sound like Infomercial hype, but I purchased the eBook, decided to pitch a book idea to two major publishers and hit the send button on my proposal email less than 24 hours later.
Looks like the books I’ve been looking for (writing both) Published book goal is out about 3 years so this is good timing for me.
I don't expect this comment to actually be left up, after all, you reserve the right to delete comments that are "snarky, offensive, or off-topic." The questions in mine are very much on topic – why the elevated price, why the greed, has anyone actually been published as a result of your e-pamphlets, and the question relating to the heavy christian content is legitimate in that you are asking us to pay you – I want to know what I'm paying for, and whether there is a religious slant to it; such slant suggested by the heavy Christian content on the website.
The real secret to securing a book contract is knowing how to write a powerful, compelling book proposal that leaves agents begging to represent you—and publishers eager to sign you.

The “Who Was…” series covers people from: George Washington to Anne Frank to Ferdinand Magellan to J.K. Rowling to the Beatles.
These two series are great for kids that want to know about famous historical events or famous people.
Events from: the First Thanksgiving to the Alamo, to the Boston Tea Party are just some of the events covered in the series.
Leyson describes how he is rescued from work camps and the ghetto by Oskar Schindler and he was one of the youngest to appear on the famous ‘Schindler’s List’.
Kids can read about explorers, authors, scientists and more with this ever popular and expanding series.

Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany by Donald L.

I hope everyone has been busy working away in their classrooms! It is the busiest time of year for me and every other teacher on earth! LOL I just wanted to update you guys on a few things in the midst of your busy back to school time.

Overview: Using the actual experiences of children to engage readers’ interest, the author provides an account of several major tornadoes, including ones in Fargo, North Dakota in 1957, Birmingham, England in 2005 and Greensburg, Kansas in 2007.
Overview: Unlike the other books, this one is not illustrated with color photographs but with pen and watercolor, making it less scary for those kids who’d be horrified by actual photographs of some of the destruction from tornadoes.
Overview: Twisters and Other Terrible Stories is the nonfiction companion to Twister on Tuesday (Magic Tree House #23), a chapter book set in the 1870s, which ends with a tornado on the prairie.
The book can also be used as a read aloud for younger kids who are not yet independent readers but who enjoy the Magic Tree House series or informational books.
Overview: Visual learners will be particularly impressed by the number and variety of visual images to illustrate the book, including photographs, diagrams, maps and charts.
Overview: This book uses one college exchange student’s experience during the Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak in 2008 to capture the reader’s interest.
There is also information about how the town of Greensburg, which was virtually destroyed by the tornado, chose to rebuild to make it the "greenest" town in the US, including powering the entire town using wind energy.

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