Kindergarten is the ideal time to introduce nonfiction books to young kids. At 5 years, children have a better vocabulary range. They are also more aware of nature and surroundings. The informational books for kindergarteners have a variety of ranges – weather, animals, picture, stem biography, and real stories. The short stories are perfect for a classroom or bedtime read aloud.
25 Best Nonfiction Books for Kindergarten (5 Years-Old)
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Here are 25 best nonfiction books for kindergarteners. These pictures books are recommended by parents and loved by kids.
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Nonfiction Books – Inspiring Stories & Biographies
My Journey to the Stars
This nonfiction picture book is NASA astronaut Scott Kelly – the first person to spend an entire year in space. Read the journey of a boy – struggling in school to growing up and setting records. This inspiring story is perfect for a read-aloud.
Tito Puente, Mambo King
Read the biography of celebrated musician and ‘King of Mambo’ Tito Puente. Even as a child Tito Puente always dreamt of starting his own band. The book is bilingual – in English and Spanish. The wordings are catchy, making it a fun read-aloud. If you are looking for a children’s book with a Latin role model, this one is a good option.
This Little Collection
This set is a collection of four board books –This Little President, This Little Explorer, This Little Trailblazer, This Little Scientist.
Each book contains a few of the most inspiring historical characters for children to get inspiration. With great pictures and information in simple language, these books are a fun read for any kindergarten child.
Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
This book is based on the true story of Wangari Maathai, an environmental and activist in Kenya and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She returns home to Kenya to see that the forest cover she has grown up with, has been destroyed. Thus starts her fight to save the earth and its people. An amazing nonfiction book about a motivational woman for children in kindergarten and above.
Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom
What was it to be born as a great woman scientific mind a hundred years back? The time when women were assumed to be not as smart as men? This book is the biography of Wu Chien Shiung, written in simple language so that even a kindergarten student can comprehend. It tells how she overcame all the prejudice and became recognized as a great scientist during her lifetime while having many scientific firsts in her name. The meaningful and fun illustrations add to the scientific temper of the book. A perfect motivational nonfiction book for any child in kindergarten and up.
This book is part of the critically acclaimed series – Little People, Big dreams. It is a series of books and educational games that explores the lives of extraordinary people.
This book starts with David’s early life, college, how he became a television broadcaster, and the importance of his work for nature, animals, and the world. A good early education for any child in nature.
Drum Dream Girl
This book is inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers. The story narrates how Millo had to practice in secret. However, with endless hours of practice and persistence, she finally gets to play her drum without restriction and manages to mesmerize all. The illustrations are bright and artistically done.
No Small Potatoes
This book is based on the true story of Junius G. Groves, one of the most successful potato farmer ever. Junius was born into slavery and migrated to Kansas along with other African Americans. The story narrates how he became the potato king of the world by sheer hard work.
Nonfiction Books – Animals
Can an Aardvark Bark?
Barks, grunts, squeals – read how different animals make sounds and communicate with each other. Your child will be delighted with growling salamander, a whining porcupine, bellowing giraffes, and laughing gorillas. The design of the book is unique, explaining the context in which animals make the sound. It is followed by other animals making similar sounds. This informational book is interactive, encouraging kids to learn more.
Hippos Are Huge!
Did you know that hippopotamus is the deadliest animal in Africa? Read what makes this animal so ferocious. Know, how they can glide underwater, run at twenty-five miles per hour while weighing as much as fifty men. It is an informational animal nonfiction book perfect for age 5 years and above.
The Truth About Bears
Read all about bears in this funny nonfiction animal book. The facts mentioned are fun to read, and the pictures are attractive.
A Butterfly Is Patient
Fly into the world of butterflies and celebrate the beauty of this fascinating creature. This book provides an introduction to the different varieties of butterflies of the world. Also included are many fun facts about butterflies and few small sentences about each information.
Your kindergartener would learn to read with this easy-to-read animal reader book. The information provided about animals is fun and engaging. There is also helpful comprehension at the of each story, to check the understanding level.
Encyclopedia Prehistorica Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
It is a beautiful pop-up book having pictures and detailed information about sharks and other sea monsters. The details in the total 35 pop-ups are breathtaking. The facts about these sea monsters will keep the young readers thoroughly engaged and entertained. This educational book is a perfect gift for any child in kindergarten and above.
Nonfiction Books – Plants, Nature, Weather
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
Your child would learn about what happens when the Summer season changes to Autumn in this nonfiction weather book. How the trees, flowers, wind change in the Autumn. How animals react to the cooler weather and start preparing for the Winter. The illustration is beautiful, and each page contains only one-two line, making it suitable for beginner readers.
Over and Under the Pond
Discover the underwater ecosystem of a mountain pond. Your child would learn how plants, animals, insects form a perfect ecosystem underneath the water. This informational nature book highlights the importance of the ecosystem. There is also a glossary of animals living in and around the mountain ponds- for the curious kids.
An Egg Is Quiet
Read about different animal eggs in this beautiful picture book. Celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of all types of eggs. They come in all shapes and sizes – from tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, oval ladybug eggs to tubular dogfish eggs, gooey frog eggs to fossilized dinosaur eggs.
The Amazing Planet Earth
This one is an educational StoryBots book about planet earth. Beautiful illustrations, small sentences for kids to understand easily, make this book a nice and captivating read. A good book for a kindergartener.
The Big Book of Blooms
Do you have a nature-loving child in your family? This book is a perfect gift to give. It tells the children about the most beautiful flowers, how to recognize them, information on endangered flowers. Beautiful, quirky illustrations appeal to young eyes. Highly recommended nonfiction book for kids 4 years and above.
Water is everywhere. It is in the lake, pond, cloud, and even inside our body. Understand different characteristics of water along with the young protagonist of the story. This nonfiction picture book also talks about the water cycle, conservation, etc.
Nonfiction Books – Science & Maths
Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body
This book is part of cat in the hat series. Each book is educational while being fun and filled with scientific information easy enough for any kindergartener to understand. This book will teach your child all about the human body – brain, blood system, digestive tract, and many more.
How much energy gets generated when you run, jump, play swim? Can you outrun a Cheetah? Your child would learn about different forms of energy generated from the human body in this informational book. The author does an excellent job of explaining the complex subject with simple and easy-to-understand language. The captivating pictures keep the readers engaged for a long time.
Science: Learn and Explore
Teach basic concepts of science with this fun workbook. Covering a wide range of topics – animals, plants, motions, lights – this book has many easy to execute experiments included.
180 Days of Problem Solving for Kindergarten
Develop critical thinking skills and learn how to approach complex math problems. It is suitable for kindergarten kids, who are already aware of counting and simple maths basics. The book teaches kids how to decode the problem, break it down, and approach the solution.
My Kindergarten Math Workbook
Let your kindergartener practice basic maths with this fun workbook. With 101 games and activities, this book helps children learn and understand important maths concepts. The exercises get progressively difficult, keeping it challenging enough for young ones.