If you want to encourage kids to read some nonfiction during summer vacation, check out "How to Get Kids Hooked on Nonfiction Books This Summer," written by Holly Korbey.
According to Vicki Cobb, a nonfiction writer and creator of the iNK Think Tank, an organization of award-winning authors who write nonfiction for kids of all ages, "one benefit of reading nonfiction is that it helps kids look outward, not inward, and science-based nonfiction is a great way to learn about the world." Engaging nonfiction provides readers with lots of background information that helps them to fill in gaps of knowledge, make inferences and improve comprehension. Additionally, Cobb points out that accomplished nonfiction writers use many of the literary devices used by fiction writers, such as poetry, foreshadowing, metaphor and irony, with the main difference being that the nonfiction is true.
Included in the article, is a list of iNK Think Tank's favorite science books that pose questions and offer ideas for open-ended discovery, "so that the thinking child can continue the quest afterwards."
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