Julie Dietzel-Glair

ISBN: 978-0-8389-1468-7 
Publisher: ALA Editions

Nonfiction in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Nonfiction Books through Movement

An underutilized source for storytime programs, quality nonfiction books can help bridge the reading gap between preschool boys and girls; boys enjoy facts and “true stuff,” and including these books in storytime helps boys see that reading can be fun.  Here, Dietzel-Glair spotlights a multitude of nonfiction titles published since 2005 that will engage young children’s curiosity while activating learning through movement-based activities. A huge time-saver for storytime planners and presenters, and a useful collection development tool, this guide

  • identifies 200 quality nonfiction books suitable for preschoolers, all in print or easy to find, covering fun topics like animals, construction, and science;
  • includes recommended art, movement, music, and prop ideas for each book that will fire up children’s imaginations;
  • shows how to incorporate the five practices for early literacy and offers other helpful storytime tips;
  • provides several outlines for art projects; and
  • features multiple indexes to aid in finding just the right title, author, or subject.

Using this book as a springboard for programming will ensure that storytime is a delightful, educational experience for children and adults alike.

Reviews of Nonfiction in Motion

”Several of the activities would be useful as an introduction to STEM concepts for youngsters. This would be a valuable resource for librarians new to the field or those just looking to spice up Truck or Zoo storytimes."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Nonfiction has often taken a backseat to other programming themes. This resource culls 200 specific titles that will work best for introducing nonfiction topics to preschoolers in storytime. The nonfiction works selected focus solely on informational text, excluding poetry and literature.  Chapters in this text are divided by topic (animals, concepts, construction and things that go, science, the world around us). In the animals section, the titles selected provide readers with a richer understanding of animals beyond their general appearance and sounds. Each entry provides a summary of the featured book and multiple movement activities that tie directly to the text or concept. This text provides a good starting place for storytime programmers who do not know where to begin to make the change in focus."