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Fifty of the best non-fiction titles for primary schools

Added 13 Nov 2017
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This list contains fifty non-fiction books from 2016 and 2017. They are exciting, innovative and quality texts to ignite ideas and thinking amongst pupils. Only two years of titles have been chosen to help schools refresh their existing collections, and introduce authors, illustrators and publishers who are creating exciting and engaging non-fiction.

The titles are organised in age order, with the preface that teachers can judge the suitability of differing age groups for their own classes. Links to the curriculum are made through, and each title has a brief description and overview.

Books featuring on the list include The Earth Book by Jonathan Litton and Thomas Hedgbrook, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst and Exploring Space by Martin Jenkins and Stephen Biesty.

Curriculum links

  • Science
  • Geography
  • Art
  • History

“…reading and writing non-fiction can also draw on and develop our creativity. It sets us on intellectual adventures in the real world and the best texts are well researched and information-rich, but are also speculative and honest about what can only be provisional in our present state of knowledge.”

Margaret Mallett