Golden National Non-Fiction November Resources

This page offers a variety of ideas, activities and downloadable resources to help you plan for National Non-Fiction November. These include bunting, posters and bookmarks to enhance your book corners and displays and to promote an interest in reading non-fiction for pleasure, as well as easy make and do activities for families, book groups and classes to enjoy. Here is a list of ideas to get you started. Food and Festivals Around the World. We have also created a list of recommended books. Click on the link to download. Food-and-Festivals-Around-the-World-book-list

Keep an eye on this page as we will be adding more resources over the next couple of months. Newer resources will be placed towards the top of the page. 

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Usborne Activities

Four great activities to link with our Food and Festivals Around the World theme. If you would like more activity sheets from Usborne delivered straight into your inbox, sign up to their weekly Saturday Newsletter (click here). 
Growing Pips – Usborne Book of Growing Food
Draw a Hand – 365 Things to Draw
Pasta Activities – Never Get Bored Book
Mexican costumes colouring – Mexican Patterns to colour

Global Cookery

Many thanks to Raintree Publishing for providing this selection of recipes from around the world to try out during National Non-Fiction November global_cookery_free_recipes_download. Please share pictures of any recipes you try out on Twitter using #GNNFN






These 10 beautiful downloadable posters have been provided by BookLife. Use them to create a display or enhance your library or book corner. Visit here for more information about the full range of posters and publications available. 
Holi Vaisakhi Passover Hannukah-food Eid al-Fitr-food Eid al-Fitr Easter Diwali-food Christmas-food Vesak

Strictly speaking poetry is a form of literature, but thanks to Melvin Dewey it’s classified in libraries as non-fiction! BookTrust’s recommendation Let’s Celebrate: Festival Poems From Around the World (ISBN 9781847804792) is a great title for #GNNFN 
Look out for a a new title from Troika, Yuck and Yum: A Feast of Funny Poems by Joshua Seigel and Neal Zetter (ISBN 9781909991453).
Search for Michael Rosen Food Poems on YouTube to find 28 videos including the all time favourite Chocolate Cake. This year saw the publication of a new picture book version of the poem illustrated by Kevin Waldron (ISBN 9780141379203).




Usborne Quicklinks
Quicklinks is a website which offers a range of additional online resources linked to the publisher’s information books. Searchable by keyword or book title. 
In the case of The Story of Diwali by Katie Daynes (ISBN 0780746096765), you will find links to films, photos, rangoli designs and templates for shadow puppets. (KS1/2)
The Quicklinks for 100 Things to Know About Food (ISBN 9781409598619) are divided into five sections: surprising food facts, food and the human body, making and growing food, fun food facts and quiz yourself. (KS2/3)

Activity Village
You can become an individual member of Activity Village for just £15 (plus VAT if applicable) and gain access to over 30,000 printable resources which include colouring pages, puzzles for all ages, worksheets and other exciting printable resources. Search for Bonfire Night and you will find a page explaining the true story of Guy Fawkes, puzzles, word searches, a variety of writing tasks and more. Search for Diwali to find the traditional story of Diwali, crafts, colouring sheets, games and more. You might also search for Food and/or Festivals. Ideal for parents, carers, teachers, book group organisers and librarians. Click here for the link. 

Cress is not only a rich source of Vitamin C, but is also quick and easy to grow inside. Try these entertaining and easy-to-do activities to get young children interested in the idea of growing their own food. Anyone for an egg and cress sandwich? 

CBeebies: Mr Bloom’s Nursery – Make a Cress Head

Cress Caterpillar: Plant it, grow it, eat it

Living on the Veg
Thanks to Wayland Books for providing this colourful poster and recipe cards based on their guide to vegetarianism Living on the Veg: A Kid’s Guide to Life Without Meat, which is included in our list of recommended books (see above).
Living On The Veg_Bean Burgers Recipe Card cropped
Living On The Veg_Puff Pizza Pies_Recipe Card cropped

Create your own recipe book
This is a great activity for a book group or class. The focus is up to you – it could be favourite meals, ideas for healthy packed lunches, dishes from around the world, food associated with different religious festivals or party food, for example.

The activity provides a great opportunity to look at the conventions of writing a recipe. You may wish to start by looking at examples of published recipe books to get some ideas. You could create a recipe template together (although there are hundreds of readymade ones available online).

Have a look at 57 Ideas for running a book group activity during NNFN here which includes a section on creating physical copies of a book (p14-15).

If the recipes are for one kind of food (sandwiches or cakes, for example), the book could be made in the same shape as the food type. Alternatively you could use a blank big book available from

Talk about healthy eating, dietary requirements, cultural practices and other food related topics will develop naturally when you talk about choosing which recipes to include and their ingredients.

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!

Last year 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. Sam is currently working as Artist in Residence at Leighton Park School in Reading.

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…