I’m not sure if it’s a boy versus girl thing, but my son loves nonfiction fact books much more than my two daughters ever did. I have to say that I’m enjoying learning about various topics; I feel like I’m preparing for Jeapordy! or an intense round of Trivial Pursuit.
I’m giving away a copy of My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things by DK, a gateway book for younger kids to explore nonfiction reference books. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
What about you? Do you and your kids like nonfiction books? Thanks for sharing your favorites in the comments!
Fun Nonfiction Fact Books for Kids
My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things by DK
This is a four-color appealing encyclopedia for younger kids. With illustrations mixed with photographs, there is plenty of explanations written in short, simple sentences to keeps kids engaged. It’s perfect for young learners with lots of questions. [nonfiction illustrated encyclopedia, ages 5 and up]
It Can’t Be True 2 by DK
This is similar to National Geographic Kids 5,000 Awesome Facts [About Everything] so when you finish up that book and feel a void, continue with this series by DK. My son and I are working our way through the National Geographic Kids series of fact books and these fact based trivia books make perfect bedtime reading material because you can start and stop at any point, making for easier “lights out.” It Can’t Be True 2 series has more illustrations with bigger type than the National Geographic Kids 5,000 Awesome Facts so it might be more appealing to reluctant readers. If you read aloud to your child, you can start at a younger age, like 5 or 6. If your child is reading independently, then this series would be perfect for ages 8 and up. [nonfiction fact book, ages 6 and up]
I’m thrilled to be giving away three great nonfiction books from National Geographic Kids! My son loves the Weird But True! series, the Almanacs, and weird facts about the natural world, in general.
These are books to flip around in, to marvel at the wondrous creatures in our world, and to go back to again and again. They get reluctant readers reading and both girls and boys equally are drawn to these books. They make great holiday gifts for kids, ages 8-12!
National Geographic Kids 3 Book GIVEAWAY
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5 Picture Book Biographies To Teach Kids Perseverance
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
I never knew that Louis Braille lost his vision as a little boy from an accident with an awl. By the time he was five, he was completely blind. He dreamt of reading books but even the books at the Royal School For the Blind in Paris had large raised letters and very few words. A secret code developed by a French army captain gave him an idea. Using the awl again, he spent years developing a way to simplify the captain’s code. And this code is known today as Braille! [biography picture book, ages 4 and up]
In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees.
Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share. National Geographic
Jane Goodall was the first to discover that wild chimpanzees were capable of making and using tools, a revelation that turned the scientific world upside down. What’s amazing to me is that she didn’t have a background in science. Fifty years later, Jane Goodall’s work is more important than ever.
Map from Betchart Expeditions.
60 Minutes goes with Jane Goodall back to the Gombe Forest in Tanzania for an intimate look at her chimpanzees. Join them for this inside look. Read more…
I was confused on the nomenclature of Hispanic American versus Latino American so I looked it up:
Hispanic: a person of Latin American or Iberian ancestry, fluent in Spanish. It is primarily used along the Eastern seaboard, and favored by those of Caribbean and South American ancestry or origin. English or Spanish can be their “native” language.
Latino: a U.S.-born Hispanic who is not fluent in Spanish and is engaged in social empowerment through Identity Politics. “Latino” is principally used west of the Mississippi, where it has displaced “Chicano” and “Mexican American.” English is probably their “native” language. “Empowerment” refers to increasing the political, social, and spiritual strength of an individual or a community, and it is associated with the development of confidence of that individual or community in their own abilities.
A simple way of remembering the difference is this: though every Latino is a Hispanic, not every Hispanic is a Latino. Hispanic is the more inclusive term.
from Hispanic Economics
And now I’m ready to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with some of my favorite books for kids! How about you? What books am I missing? Thanks for sharing!
National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture.
5 Interactive Picture Books from Miranda Paul
Set down the devices—these 5 books cleverly engage your children sans screen. With a blend of traditional format and elements that directly call upon the reader, these five books easily will hold a young child’s attention.
5. Whose Hands Are These? By Miranda Paul, illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell …
(available February 1, 2016) also tackles a nonfiction subject—community occupations—through a series of rhymed riddles focused on what each person’s hands do.
I’ve traveled to the island of Kauai in Hawaii and Costa Rica, but I’ve never been to the rain forest areas of those regions. Like Annie in The Magic Tree House, I don’t relish the bugs. Her brother Jack persuades her to take a trip to the Amazon by saying, “… the rain forests are being cut down. Don’t you want to see one before it’s too late?”
Rainforests of the World. Image from A Level Geography
Is it going to be too late soon? Is there anything we can do to prevent this catastrophe. In reading these children’s books, it’s a relief to find that there are simple choices you and I can make every single day to help save the rain forests!
Layers of a rainforest. Image from A Level Geography
Margarita Engle in Orangutaka tells us that Orangutans are critically endangered because their forests are being logged to plant oil palms. Palm oil is a substitute for butter used in candies, pastries and other processed foods. If you avoid buying processed foods that use palm oil, you help protect Orangutans.
How about you? Have you visited a rain forest? What are your favorite books about the rain forest? Please share! Thank you! Read more…