The kindergarten students have been learning what fiction means. They like to use words like fake, make believe, and not real to describe fiction. I also add the phrase “from the author’s imagination” because fiction starts there. To help them identify reasons a book is fiction we start by looking at things that are easily recognizable as fake: animals talking and animals acting like people (dancing, driving cars, etc). Then we dig a little deeper into that “from the author’s imagination” meaning of fiction. The students have had a lot of fun last week and this week looking at fiction titles: Pete the Cat and the New Kid, Here Comes Santa Cat, Ssh! We Have a Plan, and (my personal favorite) Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads. When we return from our two-week vacation, we will investigate nonfiction books.