Active Nonfiction Hotlist

Active nonfiction teaches skills that readers can use to engage in an activity. Craft books, cookbooks, books of scientific experiments all fall into this category. Here’s an overview of Active Nonfiction and a look at some of our best-selling active nonfiction titles!

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A World of Hands-On STEM Discovery:Active Nonfiction

This is a guest post by our publishing partner, Science Buddies, a website which offers hands-on science resources for home and school.

What can kids learn by dropping bouncy balls into a container filled with flour? This simple activity brings the formation of craters to life for kids. As they try balls of different sizes, they see science in action and add to the information they know about the world around them.

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Active Coding for Sports Fans

This spring, Lerner Publications launched a new active nonfiction series called Sports Coding Concepts, step-by-step guides for understanding and practicing coding fundamentals such as algorithms, looping, conditionals, and bugs and errors. These are completely unplugged coding titles, meaning readers don’t need a device or a screen of any kind to try out the projects themselves. This screen-free learning is great for parents and educators who are looking to keep their kids busy and active but unplugged (especially during distance learning!). These books are also a great demonstration of active fiction, one of the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction your collection should have.

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5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Active Nonfiction

This fall, Lerner published Girl Code Revolution and the Vidcode Coding Hacks series. These titles are active nonfiction, providing step-by-step instructions to create animations, filters, memes, and more, and provide an online sandbox so readers can practice what they’ve learned. Additionally, Girl Code Revolution highlights some of the amazing women coders that have existed throughout history and others that continue to influence the tech industry today.

To bring readers coding projects that were both challenging and fun, Lerner partnered with Vidcode, a coding platform specifically geared for young coders. To celebrate the launch of these new books, we invited Vidcode to share a little bit about themselves! Read on to learn more about them in their own words, as well as more about active nonfiction and its role in your book collection.

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5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep

A guest post by Melissa Stewart

Many teachers and students seem to think that writing nonfiction requires nothing more than doing some research and cobbling together a bunch of facts, but nothing could be further from the truth. To dispel this alarming myth, fifty of today’s most celebrated authors for children have come together to share a critical part of the nonfiction writing process that often goes unseen. The result is the illuminating anthology Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-winning Children’s Book Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing

To craft high-quality prose, nonfiction writers have to dig deep. They have to get in touch with their passions and their vulnerabilities and use them to fuel their work. Each book has a piece of the author at its heart, and that personal connection is what drives writers to keep working, despite the inevitable obstacles and setbacks.

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