15 Best Nonfiction Books For 1st Graders Update 05/2022

Nonfiction Books For 1st Graders

If you’re looking for more great nonfiction books for kids in elementary school, check out this list. Check out the Personal Reading List. A librarian will send you a list of books that are just right for you. You can also learn more about how to find books for your child who is learning to read.

A Seal Named Patches

Beltran, Roxanne, 1991- author.

A Seal Named Patches

Roxanne Beltran and Patrick Robinson, two scientists, went on a polar adventure. They went to Antarctica to study the lives of Weddell seals, which live there. A wily seal they’ve been following since birth will help them learn a lot about how much food the seals eat and how many babies they raise. This book takes young people to the bottom of the world, where they meet animals that live in cold, icy places. In this book, kids will learn about how scientists do fieldwork, the challenges of studying animals in cold places, and how it feels to fly in a helicopter over Antarctica.

Planting Stories : The Life Of Librarian And Storyteller Pura Belpré

Denise, Anika, author.

“From the author of MONSTER TRUCK and STARRING CARMEN comes a beautiful and lyrical story about a Puerto Rican librarian who changed the world.” .

I Want To Be A Veterinarian

Driscoll, Laura, author.

Explains what a veterinarian is and what they do, like help animals who are sick or hurt.

In The Past

Elliott, David, 1947- author.

A poetic introduction to the world of dinosaurs is broken down by epoch. It shows a wide range of creatures, from the mysterious trilobite to the famous Tyrannosaurus rex.

Hello, I’m Here!

Frost, Helen, 1949- author.

Hello, I'm Here!

Photographs that show the sandhill crane’s first steps into the world in a poetic way are also wonderful. Will my legs be able to hold me? I might fall. It’s fun to look in and see how one of the sandhill crane hatchlings starts to stand up and walk by itself and with its brother, too! With their parents nearby, they flap their wings and dance before having a bite to eat from a bug. They will one day be able to fly with the majestic cranes above them, but for now, Mama’s soft feathers call to them. This new book from a well-known creative team is a great gift for a new baby, and it will also be a hit with bird-lovers. It has a lyrical story and beautiful photos.

Hawk Rising

Gianferrari, Maria, author.

Early in the morning, there was a ruffle of feathers and a shadow moving through the yard. Father Hawk, who lives high above your house, has sharp eyes that look for prey. Swoosh! His favorite foods are squirrels, crows, chipmunks, and crow-like birds. Screech! The sun is low in the sky, and three hungry chicks are waiting for it to come. Will they eat?

Earthrise : Apollo 8 And The Photo That Changed The World

Gladstone, James.

“Story: The first time Earth was seen in color from space is told in “Earthrise.” Earthrise was taken by astronauts on Apollo 8, the first US space mission to break free of Earth’s orbit and circle the Moon. They took the picture in 1968, and it became known as that. The Apollo 8 astronauts were looking at the moon’s surface to see where they could land in the future. Charting the Moon, they looked up and saw the Earth rise above the dark space and the dead rock of the Moon in a burst of color and life. They were moved by the sight, and when they took a picture of it, it had a similar effect when it was published in newspapers and magazines back on Earth. Earth is, and always has been, a world without borders. The photo’s mind-bending shift in perspective has been said to have helped the environmental movement get started and give hope in a year of global unrest. People still have a hard time living together in peace today, but that picture of the rising Earth is still very powerful.” Provided by the publisher.

The Oldest Student : How Mary Walker Learned To Read

Hubbard, Rita L., author.

“A picture book biography of Mary Walker, the oldest student in the United States, who learned to read at the age of 116.” Given by the publisher.

A Frog’s Life

Kelly, Irene (Irene Kelly Nelson), author.

“This survey of the world’s frog species is going to be a lot of fun for kids. They’ll learn about frogs like the golden poison frog, the Amau frog, and the Chinese gliding frog, which can “fly” up to 17 feet. Frogs have a lot of different ways to hunt, eat, and defend themselves. They also have different body types, body types, and ways to fight back “Amazin’s website


Morales, Yuyi, author.


Award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in this illustrated picture book autobiography. The publisher says it’s “an illustrated picture book autobiography”

We Are Grateful : Otsaliheliga

Sorell, Traci, author.

Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word that means “thank you.” Journey through the year with a Cherokee family and their tribe as they give thanks for both big and small celebrations. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation talks about what it’s like to be a Native American today.

Can An Aardvark Bark?

Stewart, Melissa, author.

Animal sounds and why they make them are looked at in this non-fiction book. — Given by the publisher.

With My Hands : Poems About Making Things

VanDerwater, Amy Ludwig, author.

Making something with your own hands is a unique and personal experience. You can build, bake, fold, draw, and shape things with your own hands. Taking an idea from your mind and making it into something real is satisfying and makes the person who made it feel good.

If Sharks Disappeared

Williams, Lily, author, illustrator.

“This is a nonfiction picture book about what would happen if sharks disappeared from our planet.”

Young, Gifted and Black

Written by: Jamia Wilson

This colorful book tells the stories and achievements of 52 people of color, both past and present. There have been many people who have been important in the fight for civil rights, from Mary Seattle of Jamaica, who fought in the Crimean War, to Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. There are people of color from all over the world who are celebrated in this book, and it tells their stories.

“Young, Gifted, and Black” is both captivating and inspiring. It’s a great addition to your young reader’s reading list. For a first-grader, these stories are easy enough for them to understand. Even older kids and young adults will learn a lot from them.

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