National Non-Fiction November 2014

2014’s theme is The First World War, but this theme is not exclusive; all non-fiction for children and young people will be celebrated. The theme is merely to provide a focus for those who want it.

Free poster templates and bookmarks can be downloaded from

where you can also find the logo for National Non-Fiction November in various sizes for you to use if you wish.


We are very grateful to Walker Books and Marcia Williams for creating a free activity sheet to accompany Marcia’s book, Archie’s War. It provides lots of ideas which could be used as the basis of a book group/community event during National Non-Fiction November. You can download the activity sheet here.

One of our special projects for 2014 is ‘30 days of Adventures in the Real World‘. On each day of November we will highlight a different aspect of non-fiction for children and young people. Interviews with non-fiction authors and illustrators, competitions, book lists, activity sheets and opinion pieces will be found in a variety of locations including magazines, on the radio, and online across a wide variety of websites. You will be able to take part in your own 30 day adventure by following the daily links on the Federation of Children’s Book Group’s website and also via other social media outlets, using the hashtags #RealWorldAdventures and #NNFN

We are most grateful to Hachette and Usborne for facilitating two Federation events as part of National Non-Fiction November 2014.

(1) Sarah Ridley, author of Dear Jelly (Hachette) is visiting Ipswich CBG
(2) Usborne have very generously provided a large pack of their First World War themed books and activity sheets to Saddleworth


A very big thank you to all the non-fiction authors and illustrators who are supporting our non-fiction initiative, and to the publishers working with us on National Non-Fiction November, especially to Hachette, Usborne and Walker Books for supporting us with events and materials.

Ipswich CBG are hosting a very special one-day festival as part of National Non-Fiction November.


Adventures in the Real World – Exploring Information Books for Children on Saturday 8th November 9.30 am – 3.30 pm, to be held at Broke Hall Community Primary School, Chatsworth Drive, Ipswich, IP4 5XD

Their keynote speaker will be Clive Gifford. He will be joined by Christopher Lloyd with one of his What on Earth? Wallbooks, Sarah Ridley, who will be bringing the First World War to life, Chris Brown talking about the SLA Information Book Award and they will discover adventures from around the world with Lucy Letherland. Marilyn Brocklehurst from the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre will provide the book shop and there will be a display by the Suffolk Schools Library Service.

All this for just £50 including lunch, tea and coffee.

You can download the booking form here.

South Buckinghamshire CBG are also celebration non-fiction this year:

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