Non-Fiction November 2023

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Non-Fiction November was set up by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups as a way to highlight the importance of information books and to promote reading non-fiction for pleasure. 

At World Book Day, we want every child to see themselves as a reader regardless of their ability and non-fiction can be great way to engage even the most reluctant of readers. 

With topics covering almost every subject, non-fiction teaches children and young people about the world, in entertaining and illustrative ways, inspiring the next generation of engineers, scientists, writers and more!

Non-fiction texts can be found everywhere in life – from the back of the cereal packet at breakfast, an advertisement at a bus stop or the books in your school or local library.

Reading non-fiction together is a fantastic way to stimulate discussion and with so many types of non-fiction to choose from – the possibilities are endless! 

These are some of our favourite types of non-fiction:

  • Fact books
  • Newspaper and magazine articles
  • Autobiographies / Biographies
  • Travel writing
  • Recipes
  • Advertisements
  • Diaries / journals
  • Letters

Take a look at our World Book Day £1 /€1.50 non-fiction books that you can get for FREE with a £1 /€1.50 World Book Day book token below. You can also check out some of the other brilliant non-fiction titles by these authors the next time you visit your local library.

Beginner readers:

Lifesize Creepy Crawlies
Written by: Sophy Henn
Publisher: Red Shed, Farshore

Come on an adventure to discover how YOU measure up against some of the world’s most incredible LIFESIZE creepy crawlies – from the teeny tiny to the absolutely gigantic!




Fluent readers:

Kay’s Brilliant Brains
Written by: Adam Kay
Illustrated by: Henry Paker
Publisher: Puffin (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Containing 4,523,825 facts (this is a guess), KAY’S BRILLIANT BRAINS is written and illustrated especially for World Book Day 2023 by the record-breaking Adam Kay and Henry Paker. It’s a hilarious celebration of ten of the world’s most ingenious geniuses and all that their brilliant brains achieved.




Independent readers:

Being an AllyBeing An Ally
Written by: Shakirah Bourne (she/her) and Dana Alison Levy (she/her) (Co-editors)
Publisher: DK

This book is for everyone. Because we can all be allies.

As an ally you use your power – no matter how big or small – to support others. You learn, and try, and mess up and try harder. In this collection of true stories, YA authors get real about being an ally, needing an ally and showing up for friends and strangers. These authors share their truths and invite you to think about your own experiences and choices – and how you can be a better ally. There are no easy answers, but this book helps you ask better questions. Because we’re all in this together.

And we all need allies.

Getting your free non-fiction book is easy – simply take your World Book Day £1/€1.50 book token to your nearest participating retailer and swap it for a copy of the book.

The World Book Day book tokens are valid from Thursday 16 February to Sunday 26 March 2023. Find your nearest participating retailer here.

Click here to find out more about our fantastic line-up of World Book Day £1/€1.50 books.