Link to September 28 School Library Journal post, "Kids Paying More Attention to Nonfiction".
Excerpt: Nonfiction is gaining more popularity with younger readers, according to the Children’s Choices Booklist—an annual list in which students read, critique, and vote for their favorite books.
“[Non-fiction] is very popular with reluctant readers,” says Stan Steiner of Boise State University’s Department of Literacy and chair of this year’s Children’s Choice Booklist. “You read nonfiction a little differently, with pictures and a couple of captions first, and then for information. Quite a few made our list last year.”