All About Non-Fiction

Fascinating fact-books & trustworthy true stories

Series 2 | Lesson 9

Creators | Claire Saxby & Jess McGeachin

In this lesson we’ll join Claire and Jess to explore all things fact and information.

And we’ll learn about just some of the different kinds of non-fiction writing, and how these very clever writers craft their fascinating ‘fact books’.

Key Concepts:

  • Defining non-fiction genres and their different types
  • How non-fiction writers make their books as interesting, exciting, funny or heartwarming as any fiction book


  • How to choose a non-fiction topic to explore
  • Narrowing down ideas to write about

Resources for All About Non-Fiction

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students, each with their own activities and supporting resources.

ST Series 2 Lesson 9 Education Resources
  • A worksheets for comparing different non-fiction books.
  • A poster to help you choose non-fiction topics to explore.
  • An activity to help a new alien arrival discover something about Earth!
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About All About Non-Fiction Creators

Claire Saxby

Claire Saxby writes award-winning fiction, non-fiction and poetry for young people.

Her work aims to engage, entertain, inform and encourage curiosity.

Claire’s work is published in Australia and internationally.

Her picture book Iceberg, illustrated by fellow Series 2 creator Jess Rackyleft, won the 2022 CBCA Picture Book of the Year.

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Jess McGeachin

Jess is an author and illustrator living in Narrm (Melbourne, Australia).

Jess has published books locally and internationally, with more on the way.

Jess draws quite literally from a day job at Melbourne Museum, where he’s lucky enough to help design exhibitions and occasionally get lost in the basement.

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