Nonfiction Books

Ready to find the best nonfiction children's books?

If you’re looking for the best nonfiction books for kids, these lists will give you amazing informational children’s books that will engage and educate readers. 

Back in the day, nonfiction was entirely written in expository format with facts and information. But, things have changed. Many books on these lists are not expository but in narrative format. This is good news for readers because the information is presented more like a story with voice and pizazz. 

Many children struggle with comprehension of informational books because they have more practice reading fiction.

But, what will kids read primarily once they’re in high school and beyond?

NONFICTION. Aka. Informational text.

Therefore, it’s absolutely critical that we support children in reading and comprehending informational text.

So how do we help children comprehend informational text?

The solution to this is this…

First, we teach kids the characteristics of the text— explaining text structures and text features like bolded vocabulary words, charts, and captions. This improves comprehension.

Second, we explicitly teach children comprehension strategies such as determining what’s important and what’s an interesting detail. 

Third, we give our children more practice reading nonfiction for authentic purposes. This means reading books to learn something about that relates to our life, homework, or curiosity.

Fourth and finally, we give children access to engaging, well-written nonfiction books. 

That’s where these book lists come in handy.

Look for books by topic or simply browse to find books that look interesting to stock your classroom, library, or home bookshelves.

Happy reading!

Nonfiction for
Toddlers and Preschoolers

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