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Write a non-fiction book


Writing a non-fiction book with your child is a fun way to improve their concentration and memory. Here’s how to get started:

You will need

  • Pens and pencils
  • Card and paper
  • Colouring pens and pencils
  • Glue, string or staples

What to do

Decide on a topic

What is your child really interested in? Is your child a fan of a particular sportsman or woman? The book could be all about that person’s life! Or if your child’s a budding astronaut, their book could be all about outer space.

Do your research

Once you’ve chosen a topic, use the internet or head to your local library to find out more information.

A non-fiction book can be as specific or general as you like. If your child wants to write a book on a specific person or event, a print out of a news article could be a good place to start. If they want to write about a wider topic, getting a range of books on that subject from the library can help them pick and choose which facts they want to include in their book.

For younger children, you could do the writing for them. Let them tell you the information they want you to write, then they will still be the 'author' of the book. Or they might be able to have a go at sounding out and writing a word or two on each page themselves.

Get crafty!

Help your child to put their book together with paper, card, glue, string or staples. Use coloured pens and pencils to decorate the front cover and illustrate the pages of your non-fiction book.