What is Literary Nonfiction? – Part 2


In Part 1 of this blog, I introduced the concept of Literary Nonfiction: richly written books that foster an interest in reading for information. It is sometimes also called narrative nonfiction. We can expect teachers and students to be looking for this type of book as the Common Core curriculum is implemented over the next few years.

Here are some examples of literary nonfiction that should appeal to a variety of readers.This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a few suggestions to get you started. Click on the links for book summaries and OC Public Libraries locations. Add your own suggestions to the "Comments" below!

 Nonfiction for K-3rd Grade



Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave. Hill, Laban Carrick. 2010. XP 738.092

Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue. Rose, Deborah Lee. 2013. XP 599.7861



Nasreen’s Secret School: a True Story from Afghanistan. Winter, Jeanette. 2009. XP 371.8234209581

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle. Dennis, Brian. 2009. XP 636.70929

Owen and Mzee: Language of Friendship. Hatkoff, Isabella. 2007. XP 599.635139

Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum. McCarthy, Meghan. 2010. XP 664.6

Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs. Muntean, Michaela. 2012. XP 636.70887

Waiting for Ice.  Markle, Sandra. 2012. XP 599.7861



Nonfiction for 4th- 6th Grade

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci. D’Agnese, Joseph. 2010. XI 92 FIB

Dewey the Library Cat: a True Story. Myron, Vicki. 2010. XI 636.8009

       XI 92 SCI

Pharaoh’s Boat. Weitzman, David. 2009. XI 932.012

Remember Little Rock: The Time, the People, the Stories. Walker, Paul Robert. 2009. XI 379.263




We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.  Nelson, Kadir. 2008. XI 796.35764

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