Nonfiction is prose writing based on facts, real events and real people. Nonfiction reading can be one of the most difficult genres to promote to our students. Luckily there has been a shift in nonfiction publishing in recent years, leaning towards more narrative nonfiction and visually appealing layouts. With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, nonfiction has become a hot topic of discussion in education. Reading nonfiction this month will help you to be exposed to the newest and best titles and generate ideas for how these titles can be used in the classroom to meet standards.

Storify Twitter Chat from March 31st, 2014 #bookbootcamp.

Reading Assignment

Read any two titles from the nonfiction list below and one title from the award lists under the Resources tab.

Becoming Ben Franklin by Russell Freedman
Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone
The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb
Bad Girls by Jane Yolen
The President Has Been Shot by James Swanson
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
Byrd and Igloo by Samantha Seiple
Space (The World in Infographics) by Jon Richardsd
Bones Never Lie by Elizabeth MacLeod
Before the World Was Ready by Claire Eamer
Its a Feudal, Feudal World by
Bodyguards by Ed Butts
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
The Great Trouble by Deboarah Hopkinson
Call of the Klondike by David Meissner
Fourth Down and Inches by Carla Killough McClafferty
Legends, Icons and Rebels by Robbie Robertson
Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum
1 Year, 100 Pounds by Whitney Holcombe
American Life and Music from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga by Mark Mussari
Emancipation Proclamation by Tonya Bolden
Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch
Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II by Martin Sandler
Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin


The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction
Outstanding Science Trade Books from the National Science Teachers Association
Notable Trade Books for Young People from the National Council for the Social Studies *only current members can see the most recent lists
20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books from SLJ
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction
Nonfiction section of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
Nerdy Book Club Winners of the 2013 Nerdies in Nonfiction

Blogs and Websites:
Reading Rants: Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists:
Nonfiction Booktalker:
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