NNFN: A guest post by Sophie Mitchell, DK Children’s Publishing Director

As part of National Non-Fiction November we are delighted to welcome Sophie Mitchell, DK Children’s Publishing Director to the FCBG blog today.

The world at your child’s fingertips!

Children, growing up in today’s technological world, automatically think first about going online to find out about anything and everything. Schools are now actively encouraging children to search online and teaching them the skills to do this. The revolution of having information about the world at a swipe of a screen or the press of a button is now flourishing.

But for a child just typing in a word or phrase into a search engine and being faced with a screen full of possible websites can be daunting and even a cause for concern. Which sites are truthful, which are easiest to use, which will provide the answers? And from a parent’s perspective, which sites are safe, which are secure, and which can be trusted to provide the benefits that come from reading non-fiction for your child?

After all, good non-fiction can hook even the most reluctant of readers, and educational experts consider that reading non-fiction is the key to success in college and the workplace in the future. The benefits of reading non-fiction include:

  • sparking curiosity and opening children’s minds to the world
  • developing children’s critical thinking and analytical skills
  • building background knowledge and introducing children to specialised vocabulary
  • encouraging children to read and understand complex texts

  • Can the engaging, interesting, and hugely beneficial experience of delving into a non-fiction book for pleasure or research be matched online?

    Thankfully, the answer is yes!

    There are now an increasing number of websites providing and explaining facts aimed to inform and fascinate children. But where to find this good quality, safe, age-appropriate, reliable and engaging information?

  • Use recommendations from teachers and other parents as an excellent first check.
  • Observe your child searching and using a website to see if they’re engaged, want to find out more, and holds their interest.
  • Have a try out on the website yourself to see how easy it is to navigate to find out information.
  • Search on kid safe search sites or encourage your child to use child-safe search engines such as KidzSearch and KidRex.
  • DKfindout1

    Ticking all these boxes is www.dkfindout.com.

    DK has created a website that children can come for interest as well as for homework. On DKfindout!, your child can discover amazing facts and interact with the captivating images. They can easily find the answers for their research projects, but also find explanations and clear definitions, expanding their knowledge and engaging their interest. Non-fiction subjects are also covered in eye-catching videos and there are quizzes for children to check what they’ve discovered and can remember. Non-fiction has been lifted off the page and onto the screen in a truly engaging, interactive and informative experience. And you can let your child explore, knowing that the site is safe, secure and trusted.

    At DKfindout!, we are supporting The Federation of Children’s Book Group by taking part in National Non-fiction Week to celebrate of all things factual!



    DK have put together a brilliant bundle of books for a giveaway. Click here for full details.

    This guest post was provided by Sophie Mitchell, Publishing Director, DK Children’s 0-9 and Education. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.


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