5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Active

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Welcome to our 5 Kinds of Nonfiction series! Now through March 31st, Beanstack and Lerner are teaming up to bring you the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction challenge! The 5 Kinds of Nonfiction include active, browsable, traditional, expository literature, and narrative nonfiction. Read more about this system here in our interview with author and creator Melissa Stewart. In this blog series, we will highlight a different type of nonfiction, define its features, and share a few favorite texts that fit in this category. Make sure your catalog has titles from each nonfiction category to appeal to all types of readers.


Active Nonfiction


First up is active nonfiction. Active nonfiction will keep readers of all ages and interests engaged. They can learn to draw a favorite character, identify animal tracks, create a webpage, and anything else that may spark their interest thanks to active nonfiction! Eye-catching photographs, explicit instructions, and fun facts abound in this engaging genre.



Ready to dive in? Here are some of our favorite active nonfiction books for elementary through high school from Lerner Publishing Group.


Sporty Algorithms - Coding isn’t just for computers. Your favorite sports including soccer, basketball, and more all operate using algorithms too. Sharpen your skills or break down your favorite players’ moves using algorithms!


Earth-Friendly Animal Crafts - Combining green and STEAM, this book inspires budding artists to reduce, repurpose, and reuse recycled materials to make beautiful art! From the beautiful to the functional, this book shows you how to breathe new life into the old and tattered to make amazing works of art.


Duct Tape Survival Gear - Is there anything duct tape can’t do? Apparently not. From first aid supplies to drinking vessels to waterproof boots, the possibilities are endless. So next time you pack up for a camping trip, don’t forget the sticky stuff!


Hack Your Kitchen - Want to try some science experiments right at home? Look no further than your own kitchen. Grab a partner, gather supplies, and select your experiment of choice to get started. There are options for all interest levels including an impressive lemon volcano, making your own rock candy, and baking ice cream. Ready, set, science!


Where’s My Stuff? - Struggle with staying organized? Help your teen (or yourself!) in this newly updated edition. Begin the process with a helpful quiz to define your organizational style and learn about the benefits and process of organizing. You’ll be amazed what a clutter-free space and schedule can do for your mood and social life! 


Stay tuned for more as we dive into the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction! For more information about Lerner Publishing Group, visit lernerbooks.com.

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