Spark Your Child’s Nonfiction Reading

Over the past couple of years, you may have noticed your child’s teachers placing greater emphasis on reading nonfiction. With the adoption of the Common Core Standards, elementary aged students are now expected to spend 50% of their reading time on literature and 50% on informational texts (nonfiction) to help them develop a deeper knowledge of the world.

For years, we’ve known that the amount of independent reading students do contributes to their reading skills. Students who read more tend to learn more vocabulary, become better readers, and, thus, continue to read more. Poor readers, on the other hand, tend to read less and lose ground. Over time, these differences create a widening gulf in learning. Even more reasons to enroll your child in our 2018 Summer Reading Program beginning June 1st!

Over the past decade, however, we have begun to uncover it’s not just how much your child reads that matters, but also what they read. In particular, students need to read and comprehend informational texts as often-and as fluently-as they do narrative texts (fiction).

The global economy we live in has also been cited as a reason to emphasize nonfiction reading. Research has shown that workplace reading has become more complex in recent years. Jobs that demand low reading and writing ability tend to be sent overseas, so even entry level workplace jobs in the United States now demand higher level reading skills. 

Here are some surefire ways to spark your child’s nonfiction reading:

·Pursue their passions. Get books that encourage your child’s interests.

·More is more. Offer a lot of nonfiction reading materials-from books and magazines to newspapers and atlases.

·Be a bookworm yourself. Show your child you read a broad range of both fiction and nonfiction, and talk about what you read.

·Get the lowdown. Ask us at the Fond du Lac Public Library to suggest some dynamic and exciting nonfiction texts.

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