Why is this a 'good thing'? The reading materials associated with informational texts are providing real and true information. There's a shift to reading based on interest. We know that if our children (or students) are interested in a topic, then they will be engaged. Give them a book on how a shark really lives (especially during Shark Week!), with photographs, as opposed to a story about a shark and there will probably be increased desire to read. There's a book referenced in a link I'll share with you about children of the wild west. If your child has an interest in that time period and growing up in the era, his/her drive to learn will be self-motivated, and this book is a great resource.
I believe we will see boys reading more. The books available in classroom libraries will shift from stories to informational texts. Stories are still very relevant, but there will be a better balance. What do you have at home? I've attached a book list generated by Judy Freeman. They are her picks of the top non-fiction books of the century. These are just a sampling of what is available.
Some Great Non-Fiction Picks for Children
Remember, this is a change brought forth by the Common Core. Next time you feel frustrated by it's math methods, take a moment and think about the wonderful shift it's trying to bring about with reading. Then go get a book.
I've added one last video from author and historian Marc Aronson. Take a moment to watch.
Keep It Simple...and have patience with the Common Core ♥ D