[kids-lib] Picture Books In Non-Fiction

Sherri Lemhouse library at ci.brownsville.or.us
Fri Dec 5 13:55:55 PST 2014



I group all children fiction and non-fiction together. It is shelved by author. I have found that the young children do not care if the story is real or not. All books are true! Since doing this, children’s non-fiction circulation has skyrocketed.


As for Junior Non-Fiction, I look forward to creative solutions.



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From: Kids-lib [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of jana at hoodriverlibrary.org
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2014 11:43 AM
To: kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [kids-lib] Picture Books In Non-Fiction


Hi Dear colleagues,


I have a philosophical question for all of you. 


How do you place beautiful picture books that are also informational? Do you tend to catalog them as picture books or in non-fiction? 


I am revamping our non-fiction section this year, and it puzzles me daily. Non-fiction is wonderful, but it can also be dry or unattractive. Picture books, because they begin from the pictures, so often offer a beautiful, easy gateway into non-fiction topics. 


But then our picture books are deprived of their beauty.  ???


How do you approach this head-scratcher? I'd love to hear your input.


Thanks so much,


Jana Hannigan, HRCLD

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