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This comprehensive list of non-fiction books for toddlers, preschoolers, elementary aged kids, tweens, and teens gives you the best books to capture your kid’s interest in science, history, biographies, and more!
I’m a huge nerd when it comes to books, and so are my kids. We love reading all genres and encouraging other readers.
I can’t possibly list every non-fiction book that’s great for kids in a list of just 100 things so there will be many I’ve left out. We own many of these and the library has introduced us to the rest. I bet your kids will find some new favorite books here!
I chose these books based on my kids’ experience reading the book, a book in the same series, and from reviews online. The list is split into categories starting by age, then by genre. Some do overlap, but I’ve only listed them once in the 100 Things list.
Non-Fiction Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Sharks (Science for Toddlers)
Our Solar System (Science for Toddlers)
National Geographic Kids Look and Learn: Dogs
My Big Dinosaur Book (Board Book)
Explore My World: Frogs
Hello My World! Solar System
Hello My World! Backyard Bugs
Hello My World! Dinosaurs
My Big Animal Book (Board Book)
First 100 Trucks and Things that Go
My First 100 Words and Sticker Book
Numbers and Shapes (First 100)
First 100 Animals Sticker Book (First 100)
Touch and Feel Tractor
Touch and Feel Fire Engine
Slide and Find Trucks
First Numbers, Colors, Shapes Sticker Book (First 100)
Touch and Feel Dinosaurs
Touch and Feel Puppy
Baby Touch and Feel Animals
Touch and Feel Farm
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why
Big Science for Little People Non-Fiction Books for Elementary and Middle School
The Everything Kids Science Experiment Book
Kitchen Science Lab
Science LEGO: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World
National Geographic Readers: Storms!
Science Encyclopedia: Atom Smashing, Food Chemistry, Animals, Space, and More!
Forces: Physical Science for Kids
National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia
Marine Science for Kids
Energy: Physical Science for Kids
Science: A Visual Encyclopedia
Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids
The Skeleton Book: Get To Know Your Bones, Inside and Out.
Waves: Physical Science for Kids
Bugs: A Stunning Pop-Up Look at Insects, Spiders, and Other Creepy-Crawlies
Ultimate Oceanpedia: The Most Complete Ocean Reference Ever
The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems
National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals
My Book of Rocks and Minerals
The Elements Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Periodic Table
National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos and Fun that will Blow you Away! Biographies
Who Was Rosa Parks?
Who Was Walt Disney?
Who Was Neil Armstrong?
Who Was Albert Einstein?
Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities
Time for Kids: Thomas Edison: A Brilliant Inventor
I Am Jane Goodall (Ordinary People Change the World)
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in their Youth to become Stars
Who Was Anne Frank?
Issac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities
DK Biography: John F. Kennedy: A Photographic Story of a Life
Alexander Graham Bell for Kids: His Life and Inventions with 21 Activities
George Washington (TIME for Kids, Non-Fiction Readers)
Anne Frank: A Light in the Dark (TIME for Kids Non-Fiction Readers)
Martin Luther King Jr. (TIME for Kids Non-Fiction Readers)
DK Biography Gandhi: A Photographic Story of a Life
Susan B. Anthony (Time for Kids Non-Fiction Readers)
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2 Geography
Geography of the World Ancient Civilizations
Everything Ancient Egypt
DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece
You Are There! Ancient China 305 BC History
Native American History for Kids: With 21 Activities
DK Eyewitness Books: North American Indian: Discover the Rich Cultures of American Indians
Little Readers: Bold Women in Black History
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks: A Young Civil Rights Leader
DK Eyewitness Books: Civil War
National Geographic Kids Everything WW1
DK Eyewitness Books: WW2
History Year by Year: A History of the World, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age
American Civil War: A History from Beginning to End
Her Right Foot
A Kid’s Guide to the American Revolution Must Read Chapter Books for Tweens and Teens
A Long Walk to Water
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
My Journey to the Stars
Brown Girl Dreaming Fun, Funny, Gross and Weird Non-Fiction Books
The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and Other Surprising Stories about Inventors
Weird History: A Twisted Tour of America’s Bizarre Past
Food Fight: A Mouthwatering History of Who Ate What and Why Through the Ages
Gross Facts about the Middle Ages
Gross Facts about the American Colonies
Gross Facts about the U.S. Civil War
Gross Facts about Pirates
That’s Gross!: Icky Facts that will Test your Gross-Out Factor
America’s Horrible Histories#1: Who are you Calling a Woolly Mammoth? (Funny by True History) Pre-Teen and Teen Motivation and Inspiration
Chicken Soup for the Soul:Just for Preteens: 101 Stories of Inspiration and Support for Tweens
The Success Principles for Teens: How to get from where you are to where you want to be.
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
Tell me about your favorite non-fiction books for kids in the comments!