Reading and writing non-fiction

Reading with your child

Encourage your child to enjoy reading and writing about non-fiction topics with the following tips:

Take a trip

A trip to the museum, zoo, farm and parks are all across are free to visit and can boost your child's interest in non-fiction. Why not visit one near you and encourage your child to point out and discuss what you’re seeing? Many attractions also have guides for kids to fill out as you go along.

Design a quiz

Is there a particular topic your child is passionate about? Get them to write down and ask you a set of questions to test your knowledge on their chosen subject.

Think aloud when reading

When you’re reading a non-fiction book with your child, ask questions out aloud as you read . Encourage them to think about what they found particularly interesting or strange, and what they might want to know more about. You can build on their interests from there!

Create your own non-fiction book

Read our guide to writing a non-fiction book with your child.

Visit the library

Libraries have excellent non-fiction sections which cover a huge number of topics. Visit with your child and pick out books for yourself and your child. You can then read them at home and discuss what you’ve discovered!

Boy reading with his parent