What Are Some Ways to Recognize Great Nonfiction So Teachers Can Use It?

What is the best way to rec­og­nize out­stand­ing non­fic­tion for kids? I don’t think the ever expand­ing num­ber of book awards is meet­ing the needs of teach­ers. We need more infor­ma­tion about books that is cur­ricu­lum relat­ed. Many awards are based on cri­te­ria that my grad stu­dents think are vague. Most of my grad stu­dents are not acquaint­ed with the var­i­ous awards, and they don’t con­sult the list of win­ners when prepar­ing lessons. So…how do we move from just cit­ing the notable fea­tures of a sin­gle book to dis­cussing how this book fits into the larg­er pur­pos­es of teach­ing and learn­ing? In fact, how do we dis­cuss and rec­og­nize the pos­si­bil­i­ties of clus­ters of books work­ing togeth­er?

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