Do you read nonfiction books with your kids? We gravitate toward fiction so I have to intentionally give my kids nonfiction books to read, some of which we read together. Which is what I figure you’re doing, too. So here are new nonfiction books for kids I think you’ll love!
How do I get my kids to read nonfiction?
I often pick out a nonfiction book to read tidbits from. Then see if they want more information. The Almanac is a great choice for this. Dangle info (did you know?) and see what entices them to read further. (Hand them the book and point to the section to read.)
With nonfiction picture books, it’s fun to read them together and discuss. Can you believe . . . ?
Just think how much background knowledge you’re building! This helps your kids in school and in life.
Nonfiction Books for Kids
Fractions In Disguise: A Math Adventure by Edward Einhorn, illustrated by David Clark
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016
Do your kids want this every year? It’s worth it. The information is fascinating and not the same that I can tell. Flip through and you’ll discover fascinating information about animals, pets, nature, history, and culture — it’s packed full plus has now has puzzle and activity pages. Plus, you know how good the photos will be – I love that you can always count on that with National Geographic publications. (I totally wanted to be a National Geographic photographer when I was little!)
Nocture: Creatures of the Night by Traer Scott
I, Fly The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
Winnie The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
Hippos Are Huge! by Jonathan London, illustrated by Matthew Trueman
Excellent writing and illustrations make this one of the best nonfiction animal books because you don’t realize you’re learning so much about hippos because it’s so interesting and well-layed out! Bigger text pairs with smaller factual text to give readers maximum learning. Hippos are COOL and DANGEROUS — you’ll find out when you read this book.
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
A little known piece of Ben Franklin history, we see him use the scientific method to figure out what Dr. Mesmer was really doing. Was it magic, science, or was Dr. Mesmer a fraud? Excellent images, design, and compelling plot!
The Potato King by Christoph Nieman
Simple text and illustrations narrate the ingenious story of the legend of King Fritz of Prussia who learned about potatoes (originally from South America) and tricked his people into wanting to grow it.
50 Things You Should Know About the First World War by Jim Eldridge
Know any kids obsessed with war trivia? (Or adults?) This book is for them, and any others who might be interested. However, I think the facts in this book are presented in such a kid-friendly way that most kids will find the World War I topic info intriguing.