5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Narrative

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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.



Today we are featuring narrative nonfiction. Narrative nonfiction gives us a glimpse into a particular person or place. We hear personal stories with real details, such as dates, names, and specific points of view. This is an especially alluring type of nonfiction for the typical fiction reader because it  has elements of stories that easily engage. Take a look at your current offerings and make sure you have recent releases that tell a variety of stories for all ages and represent all backgrounds.



Need some narrative nonfiction recommendations? Here are a few of our favorites for elementary through high school from Lerner Publishing Group.



One Plastic Bag - Isatou cannot believe the waste, smell, and destruction that plastic bags are wreaking on her community. She takes matters into her own hands and begins weaving the bags into purses. Soon, others take notice and a grassroots business is born. Reducing waste, creating work, and fostering community are at the heart of this true tale.



Run, Sea Turtle, Run - Join an adorable sea turtle hatchling from egg to ocean. His treacherous journey to the ocean is captured in stunning photographs as he works alongside his siblings to reach his ocean home. It also provides context for a sea turtle’s life cycle and ways we can protect them.


Naomi Osaka - Naomi Osaka is inspiring people all over the world. She has been working tirelessly on her tennis skills over the last 15 years and her accomplishments are something to be celebrated. She has won numerous tournaments, become a top ranking player for singles tennis, and will compete in the next Olympic games. Trace her journey here and prepare to be inspired! 


Never Again - Three years ago, the unthinkable happened again at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. An armed gunman entered a school taking the precious lives of many innocent people. In the face of tragedy, students from Stoneman Douglas started a movement to put an end to this kind of senseless violence.



Animals Go to War - Dogs, elephants, dolphins, and more have served militaries for centuries. They can find land mines, carry supplies, and send messages. The intelligence and capabilities of animals are endless as highlighted in this narrative nonfiction chapter book that traces the evolution of man and animal’s strategic relationships during war.



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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