Just in time for the opening of school, The Nonfiction Minute goes live on September 8. At that time, every day on the website www.nonfictionminute.com, there will be a new short piece of nonfiction writing as well as a recording of the author reading it. These are all original, all free, and most important, they are all written by outstanding nonfiction writers for children and YAs.
The authors of The Nonfiction Minute are all members of iNK—Interesting Nonfiction for Kids and you can check out their website at www.inkthinktank.com to learn more about them. Sharing these minutes is a great way to focus attention on nonfiction...even if it’s only for a minute. Of course, you could easily extend these encounters for a lot longer. You could follow up by reading aloud from some of these authors’ books.
Even before September 8, seven nonfiction minutes have already been posted and are available now. That’s enough material to get you started. You will find nonfiction minutes by authors Andrea Warren, Alexandra Siy, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Vicki Cobb, David Schwartz, and Cheryl Harness. These minutes just might be enough to spark your students’ interest in reading for—let’s say—a nonfiction half-hour.