Challenge 3: Nonfiction Fun (Yes, these two words DO go together!)

Some of us are immediately turned off by this word, nonfiction. We think automatically, I don’t like nonfiction. But why? What do you associate nonfiction with? Often, people (children included) associate nonfiction with school. Or work. Or boring topics we were assigned to research at some point in our lives. Those associations are legitimate reasons to THINK we dislike nonfiction.

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“What??! There are people that don’t like nonfiction?!” (This is just her new camera-smile.)

Now, can we push negative associations aside, and think about nonfiction in a different light? Continue reading

Challenge 2, Last Part (I promise): Fairytale Collections

How did you do with the Fairytale Challenge? Did you find some you and your children liked? If you started this challenge back around Valentine’s Day, you’re probably ready to move on, but there are just so many different variations in this genre, I wanted to give plenty of time for exploration. If you haven’t had a chance, just jump in and do it now.

Here are a few more recommendations. I think having one compilation or anthology is a great idea for ease and variety, and they usually tend toward a specific age level.

Fairy tale anthologies we like; Yummy is especially good for the youngest listeners
Fairy tale anthologies we like

Yummy by Lucy Cousins is particularly good for older toddlers and preschoolers because of the simple retellings and bright illustrations, but be warned that Cousins doesn’t shy away from the typical fairytale violence. The other three shown here are better for elementary aged children; there are less illustrations and longer retellings. Continue reading