It occurs to me that many people overlook the benefits of nonfiction books for children. Instead, well-intentioned parents, family members, friends, and even schools believe that fiction books are the best way for child development. It could be in the belief that children prefer fiction books, while others may think that fiction books are the best way to learn. But things are changing!
Research published at Sage Journal in 2015 titled ´Fact or Fiction? Children’s Preferences for Real Versus Make-Believe Stories´1 found ´that children prefer nonfiction over fantasy.´ Moreover, increasing evidence indicates that nonfiction books can greatly improve long-term child development. This is because nonfiction books provide basic foundations for their life. These books can be on a range of topics, from art to science, but all help children prepare for their future – whether for school, career or living in society at large!
Here are 5 reasons to introduce nonfiction books to children.
- Provide a different way to acquire knowledge.
Standardized tests have always been the hallmark of achievement and recognition of learning. However, in reality, gaining knowledge is found in many ways, including nonfiction books for children! Through pictures, fun facts, and engaging content can capture children´s attention to new information. The more creative the book is, the more likely a child will retain this information. They can also apply their new knowledge to their future studies!
- Teach children more about the world.
Another great reason to introduce nonfiction books to children is to expand their curiosity outside their community. By reading about different countries, cultures and histories can broaden their perspectives.
- Learn new skills and solutions that can be applied to their lives.
While nonfiction books are wonderful to explore the world, they can also be great tools to learn new skills. Often young children remain within their community, and so problem-solving solutions can be limited to locally-focused answers. However, nonfiction books open the doors to new ideas that may apply to their own society.
- Expand children´s vocabulary.
One of the easiest ways to learn new vocabulary is through regular reading. The expanse of subjects available in nonfiction books can add a new layer of comprehension for children in a fun and creative manner.
- Improve second language learners.
It is common to find young children learning a second language. A valuable way to help them learn is to read nonfiction books. Through well-drawn images that are relatable to the children’s own lives can connect students to the new language.
The different topics of nonfiction books for children.
As a child, I scarcely read nonfiction books. However, being an advocate for education and of children in general, I have become much more active in the nonfiction arena!
I continue to scour the internet and book stores to find fun and exciting nonfiction books for children. Topics of science, the environment, history, and festivals are just some of the subject to introduce!
Do you have any recommendations for nonfiction books for children? Leave a suggestion below!
1. Fact or Fiction? Children’s Preferences for Real Versus Make-Believe Stories, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0276236614568632
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