January 14, 2013
By Vanessa Varin
The NEH recently announced that they are seeking nominations for a new nonfiction booklist for elementary, middle, and high-school aged children. According to their press release, “this new list will supplement NEH’s popular summer reading list, which, since its inception in 1988, has been heavily weighted towards works of fiction. NEH’s new nonfiction list will reflect the new Common Core State Standards, which place a greater emphasis on nonfiction material.” The NEH efforts to crowdsource a nonfiction reading list may remind you of a current debate, featured on this blog, between teachers and administrators in response to the Common Core State Standards in English urge to increase the number of nonfiction reading assignments, including history texts.
If readers have ideas for outstanding nonfiction books for any of the three age groups, they can be made online here.