5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Expository

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Welcome back to our 5 Kinds of Nonfiction series! During the month of March, 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 here about this system 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. 



This post is all about expository literature. Expository literature is great for investigating a specific subject. It takes a unique point of view and examines a specialized concept. Readers who want an entertaining look at a specific topic will gravitate towards expository literature. You may have some expository titles in your collection, but keep reading for more riveting recommendations accessible on the Lerner Bookshelf during our nonfiction challenge!



Ready for some expository book recommendations? Here are a few of our favorites for elementary and middle school from Lerner Publishing Group.


Eye by Eye - Take your guesses in this funny and informative picture book! Learn all about eyes and their innumerable jobs in this engaging text. From spiders to cuttlefish, each animal has eyes that suit its unique needs. Readers will surprise their friends with the fun facts from this book for sure!


A Garden in Your Belly - Who knew your belly boasted a rainbow of creatures? The mesmerizing watercolor images in this book will take you on a journey through the magical forest of your gut! Gently nudge even the youngest of readers to make healthy choices in this beautifully informative text.


The Great Penguin Rescue - African penguins are in danger of disappearing. Humans are to blame, but they may also be the ones to help save them. Read about these fascinating animals, their struggle for survival, and the conservation efforts taking place around the world to save them in this unbelievable book.


Little Monsters of the Ocean - Microscopic monsters? Creatures so small we can’t even see them? That’s right! Each of these super tiny creatures has an important role to serve in the delicate ocean ecosystem. Some of them start super small and end up growing larger than most fish. Dive in to find out more!


When Lunch Fights Back - Whether stinky or sneaky, you will be shocked at how animals have evolved and adapted to defend themselves. Organized by defense mechanisms, each chapter presents stunning ways in which animals have learned to survive. Paired with action-packed photos, this book is a must read! 


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


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