Fun Nonfiction Fact Books for Kids & GIVEAWAY!

Fun Nonfiction Fact Books for Kids & GIVEAWAY!

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]

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything) 3

Find fascinating knowledge nuggets on all kinds of cool topics, from bubble gum and ice cream to the outer space and the North Pole! This book offers hours of unplugged fun for curious kids who love to be the trivia expert in the family. [nonfiction fact book, ages 8-12]

Weird but True 8

Kids love Weird But True! The latest, greatest in this endlessly fascinating series – now with more than 20 titles — is full of 300 all-new wild and wacky facts and pictures. [nonfiction fact book, ages 8-12]

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2017

Get inspired for the year ahead with the most popular kids’ almanac on the planet! It features 350+ pages of incredible photos, fun facts, news, activities, and features about animals, science, exploration, technology, culture, and more. [nonfiction fact book, ages 8-12]

Science Stunts: Fun Feats of Physics by Jordan D. Brown, illustrated by Anthony Owsley

I like this book more than Oh, Ick! below because with 25 experiments, it’s more manageable. Also, this book is in four color, making it more appealing to read. These experiments also are easier to pull off; the requirements for the tricks tend to be common household objects. I also like how the science behind each trick is explained in detail. This is the kind of science experiment book that my son would like. I would use this for summer entertainment with him. [nonfiction science experiment book, ages 8 and up]

Oh, Ick!: 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! by Joy Masoff, Jessica Garrett and Ben Ligon

This giant book of gross science experiments would be good for homeschoolers or for summer activities. The text is pretty dense and it’s printed in two color so older kids might like flipping around and reading it but it might be too much text for younger kids. [nonfiction science experiment books, ages 8 and up]

Who Wins?: 100 Historical Figures go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner by Clay Swartz, illustrated by Tom Booth

This is a kind of gamers version of history. There are two panels of historical figures with their bios and little known facts on the back. The middle panel is the challenge of Who Wins? For example, between two figures that the reader selects, who would sell the most Girl Scout Cookies? Or Survive a zombie apocolypse. The game is set up so that you rank them in six categories: wealth, fitness, wisdom, bravery, artistry, leadership, and intelligence. This is a fun way to learn about a wide range of people from across history. Think of it as a book that is disguised as a board game. [nonfiction historical fiction reading game, ages 8 and up]

Super Cool Tech: Technology, Invention, Innovation by DK

I do like this four color book that explains how things work but I don’t like how the book is bound vertically but meant to be read horizontally. It’s unwieldy to read it that way, especially for my son and I as we like to read lying down in bed at night. Still, my son will like this factoid book that includes  how objects that he owns — XBox One, 3-D Pen, and Glow Sticks — work, as well as other interesting feats of science, engineering, and technology. [nonfiction fact book, ages 8 and up]

The Skeleton Book: Get to KNow Your Bones, Inside Out by DK

My 12-year-old son is learning the basics of anatomy in order to improve his manga drawing skills so I’ll pull out this interesting reference book for him as need arises. My 11th grade daughter will also benefit from this book as she plans to study Anatomy next year. This is a visually beautifully designed book, though the font size is pretty small. It’s fun to flip through and the information that compares human anatomy to that of different animals is fascinating. [nonfiction reference book on skeletons, ages 8 and up]

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. My boys love the Weird but True and Amazing Facts series!
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  2. Julie F

    I love these type of books for kids! Such a nice switch up from chapter books!

  3. Olivia

    Awesome list – you can’t go wrong with National Geographic! And the Who Wins? series looks interesting since they get to decide who “wins” based on the facts presented.

  4. Our 10-year-old great granddaughter loves books that have facts — the stranger the better. Great suggestions.
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  5. Kathy

    We have a book called Hippos Can’t Swim and Other Fun Facts that is full of fun and unusual facts about animals – fun for kids and adults!

  6. Elaine Butler

    Children’s books about facts are a good starter for adults wanting to start studying a new subject. They give a starting point and help the reader learn the basics.

  7. John Smith

    The best nonfiction books for kids are collections of biographies, or books with wacky, interesting information about animals, the world, etc.

  8. My kids love the National Geographic book as well as the DK books. This one you are giving away sounds excellent.
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  9. Jennifer Oliger

    My fourth-graders love non-fiction, which is about half of our classroom library. They especially like The Who/What Was? and Who Would Win series?

  10. Tina Estlinbaum

    So excited about ALL of these great books!

  11. Ashleigh Kane

    My boy loves to read about bugs and the skeleton. Nat Geo is a favorite!

  12. Alyssa Annico

    Anything with animals is always a hit!

  13. That’s a really neat list! I’ve found that I like nonfiction books that are slightly older for some reason. I just usually find them more interesting. 🙂
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  14. olga

    My favorite book is Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

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