Sunday, January 04, 2009

Children's non-fiction


For my first post of 2009, I thought I would write about something that is close to my heart - children's non-fiction.

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?

2 comments:

Candy Gourlay said...

canyou cross-post this on the community blog? even if it's just a link and a short summary? cool first post!

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Hi Candy,
That means I have to join livehournal doesn't it? I was trying to avoid joining another blog community on the grounds I can waste so much time on them. But, as it's you!!