Snack-Sized Nonfiction Audio for Kids

AudiobookerLooking for short, high-interest audio for the classroom or your kid’s spare moments? Try the Nonfiction Minute, a daily morsel of free, original content with the audio of the text read aloud by the author—a great opportunity for young people hear favorites like Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Vicki Cobb, David Schwartz, Jan Greenberg, and Cheryl Harness. As Dr. Myra Zarnowski writes on the site:

Think of the Nonfiction Minute as an appetizer, a yummy beginning to a larger meal of nonfiction. The authors of each Nonfiction Minute show you and your students how dramatic, surprising, intriguing, and—yes, informative—nonfiction can be. That’s why a daily dose of nonfiction promotes curiosity, interest, and a need to know about the world.

nonfictionminuteNow in its second year, the Nonfiction Minute is the brainchild of the Interesting Nonfiction for Kids Think Tank and was organized, edited and published by Jean Reynolds, the founder and former publisher of Millbrook Press and Roaring Brook Press. Each Saturday, five brief nonfiction selections are posted on the website and Facebook page, so that teachers may preview and plan for the week ahead. All previous minutes are archived by topic and author for easy browsing. Nonfiction Minute publishes an essay for every day of the school year—that’s 180 new topics each year.

Teachers and parents will appreciate the site’s educator tips, and kids will love the diverse array of  fascinating subjects. Think of these Nonfiction Minutes as snack-sized podcasts for the junior set—just the right length to serve as a teaser to introduce a new classroom unit, spark discussion, or kick off an independent research project.

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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