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Best Non-Fiction Books for Kids

Spark curiosity and a love for learning with these top non-fiction reads for kids, selected from leading educational blogs and publications. These enriching books are ranked according to their frequency of recommendation.

Recommendations from 17 articles, Alexis Ohanian, Emily Lakdawalla, Donalyn Miller and 5 others.
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Beware of the Crocodile
Martin Jenkins, Satoshi Kitamura - 2019-03-12
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Beware of the Crocodile is an informative and beautifully illustrated book that takes readers on a journey to explore the fascinating world of crocodiles. Discover the secrets and behaviors of these dangerous animals, from their powerful jaws and sharp teeth to their cunning hunting tactics. But there's more to crocodiles than meets the eye. Dive into their natural habitats, witness their nurturing side as mothers, and learn about their love for warm sand and calm waters. This captivating and educational read is perfect for young aspiring scientists. Complete with an index, species notes, and suggestions for further reading, this book is a must-have for anyone curious about these infamous creatures.
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Bloom Boom!
April Pulley Sayre - 2019-02-05
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Embark on a journey through the beauty of spring flower blooms in this captivating photographic exploration. From the desert to the woodlands, discover the science behind these colorful displays as flowers sprout, grow buds, and bloom. Witness the magic of nature as many flowers burst into an explosion of colors all at once, creating a breathtaking flower boom. Celebrate the vibrant diversity of flowers and uncover the secrets behind their stunning transformations. A must-read for nature lovers and science enthusiasts alike.
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The Deep!
Wild Life at the Ocean's Darkest Depths
Lindsey Leigh - 2023-06-27
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Dive into the depths of the ocean and discover a world filled with strange and fascinating creatures. The Deep! takes readers on an adventure through the darkest trenches, showcasing animals that have adapted to thrive in this alien environment. With stunning illustrations and first-person commentary from the creatures themselves, this graphic nonfiction book is an immersive and educational journey. Learn about transparent animals, tube worms that live for centuries, and even the "headless chicken monster." From bioluminescence to the habits of the Pram Bug and Dumbo Octopus, The Deep! will captivate readers with the wonders of life beneath the waves.
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The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera
Candace Fleming - 2020-02-04
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Follow the life cycle of a honeybee named Apis on her journey to protect and care for her hive, from birth to becoming an adventurer seeking nectar. This beautifully illustrated and poetically written picture book is a thoroughly researched and informative read, with an essay on the plight of honeybees. A must-read for all ages.
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Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge
George and Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers Edition
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Kathleen van Cleve - 2019-01-08
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Explore the extraordinary life of Ona Judge, a runaway slave who risked everything for freedom in this gripping young reader's edition. Erica Armstrong Dunbar takes readers behind the scenes of American history, offering a close look at the Washingtons and their slave, Ona Judge. From her childhood in slavery to her daring escape to the north, this is the captivating story of a remarkable woman who defied the most powerful couple in the country. Discover the bravery and resilience of Ona as she seeks a better life in the face of unimaginable challenges.
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition
William Kamkwamba - 2015-02-05 (first published in 2009)
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A gripping memoir of survival and perseverance, this young reader's edition tells the inspiring story of a heroic young inventor who brings electricity to his drought-stricken Malawian village. William Kamkwamba's brilliant idea to build a windmill out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts transforms his family's life and shows how one young boy's determination can light up the world. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue, this is a perfect read for the whole family.
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Grand Canyon
Jason Chin - 2017-02-21
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Explore the vast wonder of the Grand Canyon in this captivating book. Follow a father and daughter through the maze of geological wonder, encountering ancient fossils and an array of plants and animals that have made the canyon their home for thousands of years. The intricate die cuts and detailed map take you on a journey through time, revealing the history and diversity of this breathtaking natural landmark. With a spectacular double gatefold and extensive back matter, this book is a must-read for nature lovers of all ages.
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Hidden Figures
The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Margot Lee Shetterly - 2016-12-06
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Discover the hidden heroes of America's space program with an untold true story set during the civil rights movement. These African-American female mathematicians played a crucial role in the historic achievements of space exploration. Despite segregation and limited resources, these skilled "coloured computers" wrote the equations that launched rockets and astronauts into space. Follow the journey from World War II to the women's rights movement as we uncover the inspiring stories of five courageous women who helped change the world.
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The Undefeated
Kwame Alexander - 2019-04-02
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This powerful poem serves as a tribute to black life in America, exploring the trauma of slavery, the strength of the civil rights movement, and the perseverance of legendary heroes. With references to iconic figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Langston Hughes, The Undefeated offers valuable insight into past accomplishments and present-day triumphs.
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When Stars Are Scattered
Victoria Jamieson - 2020-05-12
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Growing up in a refugee camp in Kenya is hard, but for Omar and his younger brother, it's the only life they've known. In this remarkable graphic novel, the story of their childhood is filled with heartbreak and hope, and told through the eyes of a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl. As Omar faces difficult choices about his future, he must also grapple with leaving behind his nonverbal brother, the only family member he has left. When Stars Are Scattered is an intimate and unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, filled with gentle humor and an inspiring message of family and home.
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