Non-fiction books for kids:make a difference
When you write non-fiction books for kids, you aim to make a difference to others. You might create stories to inspire, or to educate. You want your non-fiction stories to make a difference any way they can. Imagine what kind of story Aidan Hornaday could write. When he was seven years old, he sat in a restaurant with his harmonica. He took off his hat and played one note at a time, exploring what needed to be done to play songs. Soon patrons at the restaurant filled his hat with money. Incredibly, he collected $80. just for playing a few notes! Aidan was astonished, but instead of buying a new game or toy with the money, he donated it to help fight a parasite that makes African children sick. Shortly after that, Aidan started his own charity called Aidan Cares. He kept practicing with his harmonica, and before long, he raised a lot more money. It’s been four years since Aidan began raising money to help others. Recently, he met Brayden, a six-year-old boy who is battling cancer for the second time. Aidan learned that Brayden’s mom didn’t have her own car. Every time she needed to take Brayden for treatments, she’d have to borrow a car. Aidan persuaded a local car dealership to donate a brand new minivan for Brayden’s mom! She was so excited. She said it felt like a “huge weight was lifted from her shoulders.” Aidan is becoming quite well-known for his musical talents, and his kind heart. People have written magazine articles about him as well. Aidan has studied not only how to play the harmonica, but also, how to dress to fit his personality. He usually wears a hat, tie and suit. Aidan works diligently to convince other children that they can use their natural talents to help others. He believes “Everyone has something they can do to help others.” Aidan has been able to raise over $60,000 to help others. I’d say he’s definitely made a difference, don’t you think?
When you write non-fiction books for kids try to make them outstanding. Whether they entertain, amuse, educate, or encourage readers, strive to have them make a difference. If you’d like to read an award-winning non-fiction kid’s book, consider Tails of Sweetbrier. It’s an autobiography of my journey from a handicapped child to a champion horseback rider. It’s the winner of the Feathered Quill book awards silver medal. I hope it’s one of your favorite non-fiction books for kids.
(c) Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014