National Non-Fiction November Resources 2019


This page offers a wide variety of ideas, activities and downloadable resources to help you plan for this year’s celebration of children’s non-fiction books. If your school, library, or book group is intending to hold an event this November, or you’re a family looking for a fun activity to do at home, then we have lots of ideas to inspire you!

Whether you’re looking for a large-scale activity, or a bunch of little ones to make up an event, there’s a wagon-load of ideas for you to download – NNFN – Ideas for Transport and Travel Events supported with some links to useful information that should help get you started.

We also have a recommendation list of some of our favourite new non-fiction books related to transport and travel for you to download – NNFN Book List 2019. And below, you can find a range of downloadable resources, from a variety of publishers, linked to some of those books. We’ll be adding more resources to this page on the run up to November, with the newer material placed at the top.

Finally, at the bottom of this page, we have printable NNFN bunting, bookmarks, and customisable posters to enhance your events, book corners, and displays.

And don’t forget, we’d love to see some photos of whatever you get up to in November. Use #NNFN on Twitter, or email us at And if you let us know about public events in advance we’ll do what we can to help publicise them!

Downloadable Resources 

One of the great benefits of foreign travel can be the practical experience of using a different language.

b small publishing have produced a fun poster that sets out the rights of the language learner. It should give comfort and confidence to anyone beginning to learn a new language. They’ve also created two wonderful ‘search and find’ seaside posters with everything labelled in French and Spanish, taken from their ‘First 1000 Words’ series.
Visit here to discover their extensive selection of language books for children up to 12 years old.

Tokyo Subway Seek and Find This fun puzzle comes from Underground – Subway Systems from Around the World (Cicada ISBN: 9781908714695) and can be printed for children to test their observation skills. Can they find the 9 everyday Japanese objects hidden amongst this crowded Tokyo subway scene. It would make a lovely poster to bring a bit of interactive colour to a display too!

Here are three printable pages from My Book of Bike Activities (b small publishing ISBN: 9781909767690) There’s a colour-in bike chain mandala, a spot the difference puzzle, and cycling tale told in pictures for children to add their own narration to. b small publishing have many great free downloadable resources on their Activity Hub, including a colour-in lighthouse and tip on how to design your own. You can find it all here.

Exclusive to FCBG members
Members will be notified of exclusive offers and competitions via UpdaTED, our monthly e-bulletin which is sent to the chairs of our Children’s Book Groups and individual members.

Curiosity Kits
While the concept of Story Sacks is widely known, Curiosity Kits may be less familiar, even though they were first developed in 1998. Read this article posted by Sue Dixon in 2013 to discover how you can develop book bags, originally designed to engage struggling or reluctant readers, which are also bound to appeal to any reader who is fascinated by facts!

Two years ago a young artist called Sam Heath designed three beautiful bookmarks for us, which reflected and complemented the ‘World Around Us’ theme. These are still available in a number of colour options for you to print out and use with your book groups and classes.

Use this bunting to decorate a display, book corner or library during National Non Fiction November. Simply print off on A4 paper, cut out and attach to a thin ribbon, using staples. You may, of course, prefer to ask the children you work with to create their own bunting by illustrating their favourite information books or Dewey classification numbers.

Recommended Book Posters
Customise one or more of these posters for classroom doors or windows or to form the basis of a display. They could be filled in either by individual members of staff and/or students. They are designed to be printed on A4 and would work equally well in Primary or Secondary Schools, libraries or book shops. See completed sample here Example. (When opening each document below, depending on how your computer is set up, you may need to select ‘Edit Document’ from the View tab at the top of the screen).
I am currently reading…
I would recommend…
The last book I read…

Lonely Planet Kids

Here’s a sneaky peak at 6 pages from the How Airports Work Activity Book (not published by Lonely Planet Kids until 2020!) with puzzles and colouring-in pictures all delightfully drawn by James Gulliver Hancock. Click here to view.