There are some super cool informational and nonfiction books for kindergarten and up on the market readily awaiting the attention of your students. Join us as we explore some of the best of the best books for kids.
Kindergarten and Up Nonfiction Picks
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Enjoy these nonfiction and informational text with your students.
I love when we start to see more and more robins for I know spring is arriving. Robins! How They Grow Up by Eileen Christelow introduces us to these birds right from the start of the egg.
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner explores nature both under and over the pond while a mother and child boat across the water. Back matter includes more information about the animals mentioned in the book.
Greta The Great Horned Owl: A True Story of Rescue and Rehabilitation by Christie Gove-Berg showcases the amazing people who work at rehabilitating owls and other birds.
Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival by Lindsay Moore introduces us to the polar bear. Follow a lone bear across the Arctic sea searching for food and shelter.
Beautiful photography of those adorable little birds in Baby Penguin’s First Waddlesby Ben Richmond will have you oohing and aahing.
Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits by Cynthia Lord takes us on the journey of fostering rabbits. A word of caution- some of the bunnies die though so be warned.
Homes in the Wild: Where Baby Animals and Their Parents Live by Lita Judge explores all the places animals make their homes from armadillos to raccoons.
Hidden Critters Can You Find Them All? by Stan Tekiela challenges students to find each animal in the environment. Turn the page and you learn a little more about the animal that you spot.
Birds From Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick gives a clue on each page spread for students to guess the bird. Some are easy and so are more challenging. Then, you turn the page and learn more about that animal. The interactiveness makes this a good choice for a whole group read aloud. Also, check out Dinosaurs From Head to Tail, Ocean Animals From Head to Tail, and Bugs From to Tail.
If Elephants Disappeared by Lily Williams illustrates to us what happens to an ecosystem if one component is removed.
Snow Leopard Ghost of the Mountain by Justin Anderson showcases the elusive species in the high mountains. The book also urges us to protect them too.
Sleep: How Nature Gets Its Rest by Kate Prendergast explores all the different ways animals get their rest.
Gecko by Raymond Huber showcases the amazing artists of disguise. Yes, they even clean their eyes with their tongues.
For more books about animals, see our giant list with separate lists for each type of animal.—>Animal Books for Kids
Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara Levine discusses what type of animal is attracted to different color plants.
Popcorn Country: The Story of America’s Favorite Snack by Cris Peterson begs for you to pop some corn and enjoy reading about this special crop.
Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves’ Hidden Colors by Mia Posada is an informational book that shares the science behind why some leaves are green in summer and shades of red, yellow, orange and brown in the fall. Plus, children will soak up some descriptive word vocabulary while listening too. Think emerald, jade, scarlet, gold, and burgundy.
Whoever thought fungus would be fun to learn about? But, in Fungus is Among Us! by Joy Keller learning about fungi is entertaining and informative. Did you know when your pizza needs fungus?
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague by Julia Finley Mosca introduces us to a woman how overcame many obstacles to become a pioneer in ship design. Also, check out The Doctor with An Eye for Eyes.
How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk is a great STEM pick to add to your shelf. Funk makes learning about coding super fun. Don’t miss his book How to Code a Rollercoaster too.
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers is a long but beautiful book exploring The Statue of Liberty and what she represents to our country.
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I hope you are inspired to add more nonfiction and informational text to your shelves.
Utilize some of the books in this post with this nonfiction text features scavenger hunt resource from Imagination Soup too.
Don’t miss our Nonfiction Books for Preschoolers list too.