Fiction for a non-fiction fan Yr2

(10 Posts)
WangoFandango Mon 21-Oct-13 19:46:25

DD loves non-fiction books, esp science (of any kind). She is a very able reader but is basically uninterested in reading fiction for herself. We have somewhat let her get on with it assuming she will turn to fiction when ready, and she is happy for us to read to her. We have just started "Itch" by Simon Mayo which is obviously not aimed at 6 year olds but she adores the science content. Any suggestions? School are keen that she reads a variety of styles.

cupcakeicing Tue 22-Oct-13 13:14:45

Does she like any characters on tv or comics such as Hello Kitty, can you buy her books based on these?
Or Horrible Histories, a bit of crossover of fact/fiction.

WangoFandango Wed 23-Oct-13 07:53:23

Thanks, the HH we've had seem very dense with facts, maybe we should try some others.

DeWe Wed 23-Oct-13 09:58:44

Ds is year 2 and also a non-fiction fan.

He does enjoy HH, but one series he absolutely loved was the Little House set. He loved the fact that it was "real" and we could go onto the web and find out more. Also the My story ones, stories, but with knowledge of facts (and facts at the end)
There are also Horrible Science and Horrible Geography which he also loves, probably more than HH in some ways.

We do find if we use a fiction book round his interest it is much easier for him so I understand where you're coming from. He loves WWII and planes, which is relatively easy, so he often reads books around those interests: Biggles, some Michael Montapo, that sort of thing. He will read much harder and with much more enthusiasm if he has an interest in the subject. (even if he does occasionally pick holes in their "facts")

Problem is not many writers are also scientists, so if you go into the science area, you may find the facts become more dodgy(big generalisation, but as a scientist, I would say it's noticable).
Would she be interested in biographies of scientists-usborne do a set of biographies, I don't know what scientists (if any) they have, but ds has read Winston Churchhill and Adolf Hitler from that series and they're quite good.

IndianMummy Thu 24-Oct-13 08:53:52

Just read book called Nina and the Kung Fu Adventure with DD - it's fiction, but contains information and facts about China, both in the story and at the end of the book, so might appeal to her non-fiction side as well...

WangoFandango Fri 25-Oct-13 13:53:17

Thanks, some interesting ideas.

Sam100 Fri 25-Oct-13 13:58:04

Roman mysteries? Not science but history.

thekitchenfairy Fri 25-Oct-13 13:59:24

Hi,
George's secret key to the universe by Stephen Hawkings and his daughter is amazing.

Its the first in a trilogy. It gets a bit dark in places but is beautifully written and a big hit in this house!

Campaspe Fri 25-Oct-13 18:57:13

The Dinosaur Cove series have a lot of natural history/dinosaur/fossil type of facts, but in a story setting.

The "peter's railway" series is about a steam model railway, but has lots of engineering info and diagrams, great for a budding geek reader.

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