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 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

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.

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 and perfect for younger children! I LOVE everything about them.

Weird But True 3
We can’t wait to read this book, AJ has the first two Weird But True! 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!


Almanac 2012
It’s amazing how much National Geographic packs into this 350 page Almanac! You get information 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 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.

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

3-D Human Body
written by Richard Walker

What I really love 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.

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

Eyewitness Books – Flight

Eyewitness books 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!

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  • Linda

    I would love this for my daughter.

  • Linda

    I follow on NG Kids Books on Twitter: lglmom

  • http://thegettys.blogspot.com Susan @ learning ALL the time!!

    My girls would love this!

  • http://libraryofcleanreads.blogspot.com Laura Fabiani

    We love non-fiction books in our house. Please enter me.
    laura at laurafabiani dot com

  • http://tinyreader.blogspot.com Elizabeth at TinyReader

    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!

  • http://healthybalancedlifekc.blogspot.com Ann

    Sea World and Thomas the train were the windows to non-fiction at our house!

  • Kristen

    We also love nonfiction!

  • http://raisingcreativeandcuriouskids.blogspot.com Jen

    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!

  • http://raisingcreativeandcuriouskids.blogspot.com Jen

    I follow NGK on twitter.

    Thanks!
    Jen

  • http://www.taketwoproductions.ca wendy

    Fantastic giveaway; my son will devour this!

  • http://bookretreat.blogspot.com Julie

    I’d love to win this. Thanks!

  • http://bookretreat.blogspot.com Julie

    I follow NGKids on Twitter – @MyBookRetreat

  • Cathy

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

  • http://tinkerlab.com Rachelle

    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 :)

  • http://preschoolbookclub.blogspot.com Danielle

    We would love that almanac! My oldest son devours every nonfiction book he can get his hands on.

  • Andrea G

    My kids would LOVE to win this! Thanks for the chance!

  • http://www.karenshealthylifestyle.blogspot.com Karen

    This is a great giveaway. My daughters seem to enjoy nonfiction more than they do fiction!

  • Andrea G

    I follow NG Kids Books on Twitter @Organicmommaof4

  • Patricia E

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

  • Patricia E

    I follow NGKidsBks on Twitter. @yourpotofgold

  • Jaimie

    My girls love non-fiction like this. Thanks for the give-away!

  • Amy G

    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.

  • Shelley

    Great giveaway. We would love to add this book to our library. thanks

  • Maria G

    We love nonfiction, and this is one of the best blogs out there with some amazing author/illustrators: Interesting Nonfiction for Kids:

    http://inkrethink.blogspot.com/

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  • Karen H

    My 4 animal loving kids would love this almanac! I love all the info on your site!

  • Joan Stewart

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

  • Annette

    We would love this!

  • Tracy

    We would love to win this book! We also love non-fiction at our house!

  • http://maurhoffbarney.blogspot.com Margaret

    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

  • Patricia

    I would love to add this book to my classroom library. I know my kids would love it!!

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  • Debbie jackson

    we would love this

    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  • Katherine A

    This sounds a fantastic book. My son would love the opportunity to read it.

  • http://thebarefootbookworm.com Kelly

    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!

  • http://thebarefootbookworm.com Kelly

    Follower of NG Kids’ Books as @bareftbookworm

  • http://www.bookingmama.net/ Julie P.

    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! :)

  • http://www.bookingmama.net/ Julie P.

    I just followed NG Kids Books on twitter too!

  • Mindy J

    My 3 kids would love this!! Awesome giveaway!

  • Mindy J

    I follow on NG Kids Books on Twitter:mochadoo

  • Maria R.

    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!

  • http://www.smilinglikesunshine1.blogspot.com Isil

    Both mine love looking at the pics of planta, flowers and animals.Thanks for linking up to Book Sharing Monday.

  • http://www.littlesproutbooks.blogspot.com Anne@LittleSproutBooks

    Catching up on some neglected links. Thanks for linking up at Feed Me Books Friday! So important to find motivating non-fiction reads – what a great selection!

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