Emergent Readers

Early Readers

Transitional Readers

Independent Readers

Dinosaurs, Dali, and Deep Space:
Recommended Nonfiction

    Compiled by Lori Z. Ragsdale

Nonfiction books help children learn about the world around them and about themselves. Better yet, kids of all ages—even young children—love to read "true" books. For younger children, exciting photographs and illustrations make the facts come alive. For older children, maps, photographs, drawings, and charts help teach new and familiar concepts. Hereís a selection of nonfiction books for children at all stages of reading development.

Emergent Readers

All Aboard! A True Train Story by Susan Kuklin
Rhyming text and large color photographs, along with facts about trains, will intrigue children, especially those who love trains.

China by Kay Melchisedech Olson
In the series Many Cultures, One World, simple facts, maps, and photos, along with recipes and art projects, help young readers understand other cultures.

I Spy: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo
The I Spy Series is popular with kids who enjoy solving puzzles. Kids search for pictures of objects within the large picture. The large color photographs in the books are intriguing to young children.

Early Readers

A Is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women by Lynn Cheney
Cheney goes through the alphabet with a famous woman for each letter. Scientists, politicians, writers, and others are included.

Communication Then and Now by Robin Nelson
The Then and Now Series compares the ways people live now with the ways they lived in the past. This book, for instance, shows a picture of a telegraph machine and of a computer connected to the Internet on facing pages.

Christopher Columbus by Mary Dodson Wade
The Rookie Biography series provides basic information, maps, and illustrations to give beginning readers their first experiences with biographies.

Transitional Readers

The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth by Joanne Cole
The Magic School Bus series recounts the adventures of Ms. Frizzle and her class as they travel in their school bus to explore various places in the environment--the earth, dinosaurs, under the sea, and more.

Mars by Darlene R. Stille
The series Our Galaxy and Beyond contains many color photographs and graphic images along with basic information about the planets. Wording and information are appropriate for the transitional reader.

You Canít See Your Bones with Binoculars: A Guide to Your 206 Bones by Harriet Ziefert
Zeifert plays off the song "Dem Bones" to give readers good information about the human skeleton.

Independent Readers

What Really Happened in Roswell? Just the Facts (Plus the Rumors) about UFOs and Aliens by Kathleen Krull
This book presents facts about the mysterious 1947 UFO sightings in Roswell, New Mexico, as well as a bibliography and websites that provide additional current information.

The Dinosaur Atlas: A Complete Look at the World of Dinosaurs by Don Lessem
Illustrations, text, and maps give up-to-date information about dinosaurs from the Late Triassic Period through to their demise in the Late Cretaceous period.

Salvador Dali and the Surrealists: Their Lives and Ideas with 21 Activities by Michael Elsohn Ross
A detailed text and excellent reproductions bring Salvador Daliís works to life. The works of Daliís contemporaries are included, as well as 21 activities that encourage would-be artists to view their surroundings in new and different ways.

In Their Own Words: Conversations with the Astronauts and Men Who Led Americaís Journey into Space by Scott Sacknoff
This book contains interviews with, and the recollections of, scientists, astronauts, ground crew, and journalists involved with the space program since 1940. These excerpts come from Quest, a quarterly journal of the space program.


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