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Five Kinds of Nonfiction: Understanding the Children’s Publishing Market (Webinar)

Date(s) - 01/25/2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Nonfiction Series Webinar

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10–11:30 AM PST

Five Kinds of Nonfiction: Understanding the Children’s Publishing Market

You’ve probably heard of narrative nonfiction, but did you know that there are four other kinds of nonfiction for children? And studies show that 75 percent of kids enjoy reading them as much as or more than narrative titles. This presentation breaks down the five categories of nonfiction, explains which categories are currently in greatest demand, and shares information about which agents and publishers are most interested in each kind.

Note: A few days after the webinar, all registrants will receive access to a recording of the live event.


Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 science books for children, including Seashells: More Than a Home, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen; the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor recipient Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis; Can an Aardvark Bark?, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins; and the ALA Notable title Feathers: Not Just for Flying, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen. She maintains the blog Celebrate Science and serves on the SCBWI board of advisors. Melissa’s highly regarded website features a rich array of nonfiction writing resources. Learn more at