Being a teacher, you are always on the lookout for new books. I have realised recently that I spend a lot of time talking about fiction books, as that’s what I get drawn to when going into a library or a bookshop. As someone who blogs about books for children to get them engaged and enjoy reading, I have realised that I tend to neglect this area. My blog is for teachers as well – teachers are very busy people and reading can be tough to schedule in, let alone reading children’s books. So this is for you too teachers, here are
some great non-fiction books which are not only beautifully presented and bound to get all children engaged, but they have been specifically geared to be used to meet all learning statements in the new curriculum.
Firstly, I just couldn’t resist these books as they are simply stunning. The pictures are beautiful inside and out; children will flock to them. The ‘My World, Your World’ series is
so diverse. The books don’t just go through main cultures and religions, but reaches out to communities I genuinely knew nothing about. My favourite in the series, the Celebrations and Special Days, includes global celebrations that we are all familiar with and for good reason. Eid-ul-Fitr, Chinese New year and Thanksgiving for example. But it also includes Cherry Blossom Time in Japan and the Naadam Festival in Mongolia. I love the idea of branching off from the mainstream, whether it’s just for a point of discussion at the end of the day, a whole day theme, a lesson focus or even just something special for those who happen to pick it up in your book corner.
Another aspect of the books in the ‘My World, Your World’ series that I think is ingenious is the map in the back which shows where each chapter discussed is in the world. This would be perfect for a quick display in the classroom to show what they have been learning about, but also a perfect opportunity to meet some geography targets too.
I picked up the ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ series as well and have seen some of the ‘FUNdamental’ science stuff too. It is clear that Ruth Owen has realised the potential to write and design such beautiful books to engage KS1 children in the areas that they will be taught; I expect that this book will be snapped up by many KS1 teachers to help them plan for a good ‘hook’ in their lesson that will guarantee engagement.
All in all, I think that the growing number of collections by Ruby Tuesday would be great for any library to engage for children of all ages, but particularly Foundation Stage and KS1 – the children and the teachers! These are the opposite of lots of the ‘dry’ non-fiction books that I have seen which maybe one of the reasons that I am never really excited to read non-fiction. The content and the design of these books have definitly altered my perception!