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Vol. 14 No. 1 (2023): University didactics, innovation and inclusion. Assessment and feedback

The Creative evolution of children's and adolescents' nonfiction literature. An international perspective

DOI
https://doi.org/10.3280/ess1-2023oa15697
Submitted
March 30, 2023
Published
2023-07-21

Abstract

In the field of publishing for children and adolescents, nonfiction literature has not only flourished, but is experiencing a golden age of creativity and reader interest. Today's nonfiction literature moves beyond the boundaries of traditional popular literature in terms of writing methods, content, purpose, and target audience, informing and engaging young readers through the use of a narrative dimension. Authors and illustrators of nonfiction children’s books share historical information, scientific processes, and portray marginalized and minority communities, offering models of active learning. This study examines emerging trends in nonfiction through a narrative literature review and investigates the main changes observed in the variety of topics, storytelling techniques, and the use of visual elements in nonfiction children’s books over the period 2013-2022. At the same time, it attempts to highlight how these developments reflect a cultural shift towards inclusivity and social awareness

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