Nonfiction Books for Children

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Children can look at the world through eyes of wonder. They have a natural curiosity and an immense capacity to learn. We, as adults, can fuel their thirst for knowledge with books that explain how the world works. While many refrain from recommending nonfiction to younger audiences, there are books that are just as engaging as fiction. We found these compelling books in the kids’ section:

  1. Flowers in the Gutter (K.R. Gaddy): A great book for teens, it recounts the real-life story of the Edelweiss Pirates. These were not your usual pirates – these were Germans fleeing the Nazi regime during world war II. An epic story of grit and being resourceful in the face of grave danger.
  2. What If (Randall Munroe): Have a kid who is hooked on science and will not stop asking wildly hypothetical questions? This is the book to pick up. This book takes up all the ridiculous questions (what if everyone on the Earth jumps all at once?) and equally ridiculous, albeit scientifically accurate, answers. Suitable for teens.
  3. Good night stories for rebel girls (Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo): Over a hundred single-page stories of women who made a difference. Some are well-known and well-chronicled figures; others are somewhat obscure. Brief biological sketches that highlight extraordinary women. Suitable for ages 6+.
  4. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer) Autobiographical account of a young boy from Malawi (William Kamkwamba) who collects scrap metal to create windmills and bring electricity to his little village. 
  5. Chasing space (Leland Melvin): This book recounts the story of Leland Melvin, a Detroit Lions player who then becomes an astronaut. It includes activities that the reader can try, making it an interactive experience.
  6. The Element in the Room (Mike Barfield): Did you know that the most abundant element in the human body is Oxygen? Or that the Sun is mainly made of Hydrogen and Helium? This is a fun, colorful guide to all the elements, a great introduction to Chemistry for young readers. Suitable for ages 8+.
  7. Do You Know Who You Are? (Megan Kaye): Move over, online personality tests! Self-discovery is one of the most epic journeys that a person can undertake at any age. Exercises made by an actual psychologist help you find your path.
  8. How We Got to the Moon (John Rocco): This book explores the journey of Apollo 11, the mission that led mankind to the Moon. From the researchers to the factory workers, thousands of people played their part, a fantastic tale of a superhuman feat. 

There are thousands of books that can inspire and guide young minds. This list must be refreshed every six months or so as new great books appear. Do you recall your childhood favorites? Share your recommendations!

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