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Let’s Talk About Nonfiction

More wonderful picture books for readaloud come out every month, so many it’s hard to keep up--and that’s in addition to beloved works from decades past. Even so, limiting yourself to the picture book section when choosing storytime books or recommending titles to little customers would be a serious error. Include nonfiction: It’s good for them and they like it. Why Nonfiction? The information contained in nonfiction is important for reading skills. A variety of studies show a strong connection between background knowledge and reading comprehension. It’s not enough to have decoding skills; kids need prior knowledge they can build on for understanding novel texts. Including nonfiction in stor

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