Looking for books to teach your child all about the world around them? We’ve got the best non-fiction books for kids right here.
Reading to your little one has countless benefits.
It not only makes them feel comfortable, safe, and cared for, but also helps to build their vocabulary, ignite their imagination, and even helps them sleep.
If you’re on the hunt for ideas on what to read, try to include both fiction and non-fiction books for kids on your list.
While most children love stories, and the unusual and interesting worlds that they describe, many will also enjoy reading about the real world, too.
To send you on your way, we’ve got the best non-fiction books for kids right here.
But first things first, let’s take a look at how non-fiction differs from fiction.
In this article: 📝
- What is a non-fiction book?
- What is an example of a non-fiction book?
- Non-fiction books for kids who love nature
- Non-fiction books for kids who love science
- Non-fiction books for kids about women
- Non-fiction books for kids who love sport
- The best non-fiction books for first graders
What is a non-fiction book?
A non-fiction book is one that tells you facts about the world around you.
Unlike fiction books that tell imaginary stories, non-fiction books are about real people and real events.
Fiction books come in many different genres, such as fantasy, science fiction, and romance.
And non-fiction books have different genres too. These include history, science, travel, and many more.
What is an example of a non-fiction book?
Non-fiction is all about forming a greater understanding of the world we live in.
Some famous adult fiction titles include Jane Eyre and The Kite Runner, while non-fiction adult books include Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Freakonomics.
You might recognize The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Charlotte’s Web, and Harry Potter as popular children’s fiction books. But what about non-fiction books?
Well, that’s what the list below is all about.
Let’s dive in.
Non-fiction books for kids who love nature
1. The National Parks
Written by DK
DK produces rich and informative books that are written and illustrated with little readers in mind.
The National Parks is all about the 62 national parks in the United States, and the animals, trees, and plants that call them home.
2. Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid
Written by Mikaila Ulmer
Bee Fearless is as much about conservation as it is about being an entrepreneur.
At fifteen years old, Mikaila Ulmer created her own business, Me & the Bees Lemonade.
In this book, the young entrepreneur tells us all about her experience.
Bee lovers and those with a strong and independent streak will it.
3. I Am Jane Goodall
Written by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
Jane Goodall is a world-famous primatologist and anthropologist.
Learn all about her and her work with chimpanzees in this New York Times-bestselling picture book.
Non-fiction books for kids who love science
4. Stay Curious!
Written by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Stay Curious! is about the famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and how his discoveries changed our understanding of the universe.
His incredible journey started when he was just a little boy — a little boy who was curious.
5. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
This is the story of 14-year-old William Kamkwamba.
When his village in Malawi was hit by a terrible drought, he figured out not only how to install electricity, but how to build a working windmill, too.
6. The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
Written by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
By the age of four, Paul Erdos could calculate how long you had been alive (in seconds!) simply by asking when you were born.
Learn about this incredible mathematician who traveled around the world-changing what people thought about math.
Non-fiction books for kids about women
7. She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History
Written by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
This is the follow-up book to the best-selling She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World.
It’s about women from countries as far-reaching as Mexico, India, Egypt, Kenya, and Brazil who made important contributions to chemistry, women’s rights, literature, soccer, and education.
8. Amelia Lost
Written by Candace Fleming
Amelia Lost is for children between the ages of eight and twelve, and explores the adventures of the famous aviation pioneer, Amelia Earheart.
Read about her accomplishments, her final flight, and why she is still such a relevant character today.
9. Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
Written by Margot Lee Shetterly
This is a young readers’ version of the New York Times bestselling book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.
It’s about four African-American women mathematicians who worked at NASA and were responsible for some of the greatest contributions to the US space program.
Non-fiction books for kids who love sport
10. Fauja Singh Keeps Going
Written by Simran Jeet Singh, illustrated by Baljinder Kaur
Do you know who holds the world record for being the first 100-year-old to run a full marathon?
His wonderful story is all about immigration, disability, Sikhism and, of course, running.
11. The Boy Who Never Gave Up – Stephen Curry: The Children’s Book
By Anthony Curcio
This picture book is all about NBA superstar Stephen Curry, who was too short to play basketball in high school, too weak to play in college, and not good enough to play for the NBA (or so everyone thought!).
It’s about following your dreams and working hard to make them a reality.
12. Women in Sport: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win
Written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky
Tennis star Serena Williams, broadcaster Clare Balding and judoka Keiko Fukuda, all feature in this incredible book about women in sport.
It’s richly illustrated and covers athletes from the 1800s to today.
The best non-fiction books for first graders
13. Young, Gifted, and Black
Written by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins
In Young, Gifted, and Black, Jamia Wilson looks at the lives of 52 leaders of color, including Mary Seattle of Jamaica, Rosa Parks, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
These inspiring stories are perfect for first graders and older.
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons
This book offers fascinating facts — more than 50 of them, in fact — about tornadoes in an interesting and accessible way.
After reading it, your first grader will have an amazing understanding of the science behind these potentially destructive weather events.
15. Headstrong Hallie, The Story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the First Female ‘Fire Guard’
Written by Aimee Bissonette
Hallie Morse Daggett was the first woman to be a fireguard in the US Forest Service, way back in the 1880s.
Beautifully illustrated, this story talks about Hallie’s deep passion for the natural world and for protecting it.
Happy reading, mama!
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