A few years ago, I organised a conference at the London Institute of Education, celebrating the best of non-fiction publishing and innovative teaching with non-fiction texts. The day brought together teachers, writers and illustrators who advocated for non-fiction as an essential part of children’s reading for pleasure repertoire, not solely reduced to a resource used mechanistically to teach research and information retrieval skills. That is not to say that those skills are not important, but to pigeon-hole non-fiction as reading research purposes only is reductive and does not do justice to the wealth of literature available or the ways in which readers chose to engage with it.
In fact many adults read non-fiction for pleasure. Indeed for many it is their reading of preference. Some readers talk about luxuriating in finely written cookery books, others love to pore over the high quality photographs in coffee table books or enjoy the wit of writers like Bill Bryson. Some read to discover things about the world that they will only experience vicariously, or to be taken by the hand by an expert, or an adventurer, someone who has triumphed over adversity or lived through a momentous occasion in history. Those who have read and enjoyed these books frequently talk about the way the book was written, the ‘voice’ of the writer speaking to them in much the same way that they might appreciate a fiction text.
Just Imagine promotes and advocates for high quality non-fiction books in the class and school library. Great books are not simply stores for information, after all there are far more efficient ways to store knowledge in a digital age. Well written, illustrated and designed books give us far more than that; they provide a viewpoint on a subject, they enthuse us through expert opinion, they delight us with inventive design and they move us with thoughtfully crafted words and images.
The School Library Association has recently announced the long list for the Information Book Award. This annual event is its fifth year and is a major development for information books, being designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.
We have put together two packs one for 7 – 12 years and another for under 7 at 25% discount off RRP, making this a cost effective way to update your school or class library with some of the best published non-fiction books of the past 12 months
SLA INFORMATION BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
7 - 12 YEAR PACK
Our price £102
|William Grill||Shackleton's Journey|
|Michael Hearst, Jella Noorderman||Unusual Creatures|
|Martin Jenkins||The Story of Money|
|Lucy Letherland||Atlas of Adventures|
|Jenny Maizels||Pop-Up New York|
|Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom||The Beatles|
|Anna Claybourne,Timothy Knapman, Adria Meserve||The Comedy, History and Tragedy of William Shakespeare|
|Traer Scott||Nocturne: Creatures of the Night|
|Justin Miles||Ultimate Survivial Guide for Kids|
UNDER 7 PACK
Our Price £80
|Laurence Anholt||Tell Us a Story Papa Chagall|
|Camilla de la Bedoyere, Aleksei Bitskoff||Could a Penguin Ride a Bike?|
|Nicola Davies, Emily Sutton||The Invisible World of Microbes|
|Emma Dodds, Patricia Macnair, Marc Aspinall||Wow! Surprising Facts About the Human Body|
|Anita Ganeri, Stuart Carter-Jackson||Lifesize Rainforest|
|Alice Harman||The Moon|
|Danian Harvey, Judy Brown, Mike Philips||History Heroes: William Caxton|
|Mary Hoffman, Ros Asquith||Welcome to the Family|
|Andy Glynne, Salvador Maldonado||Ali's Story|
|Salvatore Rubbino||A Walk in Paris|