Over the last few years there have been changes in children's non-fiction and how it is presented and used in the classroom. Today teachers will use a more interactive model of non-fiction and in my opinion this makes learning more fun and exciting.
New technology has bought multi-media texts to the fore and we can use moving images to enhance children's learning. For examle, we can actually see a digestive system working or what the night sky would loook like on specific days at a certain time. Multi-media texts have huge data bases containing large amounts of information readily available at a click of a mouse.
But, does this advancing technology mean parents are less likely to buy their children a non-fiction book, prefering them to do their research on the Internet? This is a worry for the children's non-fiction writer and may mean we have to consider ways to make the traditional non-fiction book more appealing.
Print books can benefit from these advances by becoming more spectacular themselves and already many include a CD-Rom to compliment the printed text.
But, what is the next step? What non-fiction books are going to survive the electronic age?