Fantastic Non-Fiction Books For Kids

It’s very important for kids to read non-fiction as well as fiction books. Why? Because most reading and writing in our life is non-fiction – information in school, communication in work, and almost everything on the Internet.

Read more about non-fiction comprehension strategies including word-attack skills and text-structure knowledge.

Non-Fiction Books For Kids

Non-fiction for children keeps getting better in breadth and depth. Now, there is an abundance of excellent non-fiction for every level of reader with appropriate vocabulary, good text to picture ratio, and in a variety of topics. Here are my recent favorites and an awesome giveaway from National Geographic Kids.

National Geographic

Non-Fiction Books For Kids

Great Migrations by Elizabeth Carney
Beautiful photographs of Mali elephants, red crabs, butterflies, jellyfish, zebras, army ants, wildebeests, and sperm whales accompany maps, facts and interesting trivia about the migration and life of each group of animals. Plus, as always, you get the gorgeous photography of National Geographic. Amazing.

Non-Fiction Books For Kids

Readers Series: Levels 1 – 5: Dinosaurs Level 1, Great Migrations: Elephants Level 3, Penguins Level 2, Trains Level 1 (pictured above)

The Reader Series books are fantastic non-fiction books and perfect for younger kids! I LOVE everything about them.

Non-Fiction Books For Kids

Weird But True 3
AJ has the first two Weird But True! non-fiction books and loves them. She told me, “If you get me the third book, I’ll know 900 facts. Because each book has three hundred and I have the first two.” Smart girl. These are super wacky and make great dinner table conversation!

Non-Fiction Books For Kids

Almanac 2012
It’s amazing how much National Geographic packs into this 350 page Almanac! Kids get information (non-fiction!) about the world, animals, going green, cultures, science, nature, history, and geography plus a great section of games, jokes, puzzles and mazes. Smart phone users can use the quick response codes for each chapter to get bonus materials like videos, games and facts. If you’re like me and your phone isn’t very smart, don’t worry, there’s a website for us. I’m starting to play a fireworks puzzle right now.

DK Publishing

If you’re like my students, my kids, and me, then you already love DK’s non-fiction books. They never let you down for quality and fascinating facts. Now, the books are even cooler – they’ve published 3-D Dinosaur and 3-D Human Body! Open the book up to your webcam, hold the book up to your webcam, and watch the images pop out of the page. Experience how reader download the 3D pop with the book trailer.

Non-Fiction Books For Kids

3-D Dinosaur
written by John Woodward, consultant Dr. Darren Naish

Non-Fiction Books For Kids

3-D Human Body
written by Richard Walker

What I really love about this non-fiction book is that I can use these books myself to find out information – the facts aren’t dumbed down for the young reader, only the vocabulary and the amount of text on the page. (Frankly, it works better for me, too.) You’ll find a mixture of diagrams and photographs.

Non-Fiction Books For Kids

Eyewitness Books – Medieval Life
written by Andrew Langley, photographed by Geoff Brightling & Geoff Dann

Non-Fiction Books For Kids

Eyewitness Books – Flight

Eyewitness non-fiction books for kids are packed with great information, pictures, diagrams and more – I recommend all their titles. We have several at our house and AJ and I both enjoy the information.

Giveaway – National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012

Enter to win a copy of National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012. Imagination Soup’s official rules found here apply. Winner will be chosen at random. To enter, leave a comment below by June 13, 2011.

*For an extra entry, follow National Geographic Kids Books on Twitter and leave a comment that you’re a follower and your twitter name.

Good luck!


  1. says

    We LOVE nonfiction in our house. Baby L has been obsessed with dinosaurs lately — ever since we visited the Scholastic Bookstore in SoHo and saw the big huge dinosaur there! She’s been taking a little stuffed dino to bed with her every night!

  2. says

    My youngest has always loved non-fiction. When she was a toddler, her favorite book was about chameleons. The librarian would giggle, because she would check it out over and over again. We would love to win this almanac. We just subscribed to the magazine. We love reading about animals!

  3. Cathy says

    My two toddlers may be a bit young, now, but please enter us so we can build their library over time!!

  4. says

    What a great giveaway! We love NG in our house, and a lot of these are new to me. I’m also a follower of NGKids on twitter: tinkerlabtweets. Thanks, Melissa :)

  5. Patricia E says

    I need to build my girls non-fiction book collection. This would be a great book to start with. Thanks.

  6. Amy G says

    I just posted under the rules page. Then I saw others posted their message here. Not sure which is the correct place. This book would be an added bonus to my third grade class library. Third graders absolutely love non-fiction. Just think 30+ students will be able to read this book next year, plus 30+ more each year after. And I share my books with colleagues. Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. Joan Stewart says

    We love learning all about the world from National Geographic and other wonderful non-fiction sources.

  8. says

    My son’s favorite reading tends to be non-fiction. NatGeo kids is a great magazine, and I’m sure the almanac is as well.

    Also: I follow NG Kids Books. My twitter name is @Just_Marg

  9. says

    I couldn’t agree with you more! I love reading NF with my kids and NG has some of the best. What a fantastic post and give-a-way!

  10. says

    My daughter and I get copies of the almanac almost every year. She loves them and they are a huge hit on the school bus too. I have loved every National Geographic book I’ve ever read from the early readers on up. They are just fantastic.

    I’d love to win this year’s almanac since we don’t have it! :)

  11. Maria R. says

    My 3rd grader loves science and he especially enjoys learning facts. The Kids NG almanac would be a wonderful resource to own. He reads daily and has a love for learning. My son would love to win this!


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