Non-Fiction Book Talk Questions

  1. Did you admire or detest this person? Why? (Biography or Autobiography)
  2. What life lesson can be learned from this event or story? (General Nonfiction)
  3. Did the book read like a story, a newspaper article, a report, something else? Give examples. (General Nonfiction)
  4. What one new fact did you learn from reading this book? (General Nonfiction)
  5. What was the motivation for the writing of this book? (General but great for Bio or Auto Bio)
  6. Did you feel this book truly belonged in the nonfiction genre? (Memoir)
  7. Was the point of the book to share an opinion, explain a topic, tell about a personal journey, or something else? Did the author do it well? (General Nonfiction)
  8. What part of this book inspired you in some way? Explain. (Motivational, Self Help)
  9. Will you read other books by this author? Why or why not? (General Nonfiction)
  10. Did this book change your life in a positive or negative way? Explain (General Nonfiction)

More prompts…

  1. What did you learn today as you read that you did not know before? What surprised you? Explain why it surprised you?
  2. As you read today, were any questions that you had answered by what you read? List the questions that you had and the answers that you came up with from the reading. Are you satisfied with what you learned, with these answers? Why or why not?
  3. Did you come across a problem in your reading that you had not considered before? What was the problem? Could you solve it? How?
  4. Are any of the real life situations or people that you read about in your material for today similar to situations that you have experienced before in life? How were they similar? How were they different?