Peter Rabbit and Pooh Corner can make the earliest moments of reading feel like they’re out of a fairy tale. But nonfiction can also make you wonder and be excited, if you choose the right books to read.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a picture book about New York, a graphic novel about George Washington, or an early chapter book about civil rights. We’ve got options for any kid’s interests and reading level.
Here are some of the best nonfiction books for 2nd graders that you should read. All of them can be found on Epic.
Best Nonfiction Books for 2nd Graders on Epic
Written by: Alli Brydon
Illustrated by: EG Keller
Full disclosure: this isn’t real. For one important reason, it still tops our list of the best nonfiction for 2nd-graders. It’s a great way to teach little ones how to be good stewards of the earth and how to work together.
Walt the lobstah wants to win first place in the Swell Gahdens contest every year. Milton, on the other hand, gets the award every year.
Gahbage piles up in their yards one day, and the two must work together to save their yahds. As the title says, this cute picture book is a lot of fun.
My Super Science Heroes: Alan Turing and the Power of Curiosity
Written by: Karla Valenti
Illustrated by: Annalisa Beghello
Readers in elementary school will love this high-interest comic book. This is what people say about Alan Turing: He was an actual mathematician, cryptographer, and superhero. His work in math and in defeating the Nazis during World War II made him a very important person in history. This book in the My Super Science Heroes book series talks about how he used his curiosity superpower to crack codes and solve problems. It also talks about how he made a superhero out of himself.
Readers will enjoy “Alan Turning and the Power of Curiosity,” but they will also learn a lot from it, too.
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop
Written by: Alice Faye Duncan
Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie
It’s 1968, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is just getting started on what will be his last fight for justice before he was killed by a police officer in Memphis. It’s the only way for workers to stand up for civil rights when the city doesn’t improve working conditions after two African Americans were killed because of dangerous equipment. She gets excited when she sees her father, a sanitation worker, take a stand for equality as the events unfold.
This book tries to teach kids about important historical events in a way that they can understand and relate to. The beautiful mix of prose and poetry makes it a powerful book for young readers.
Who Are You Calling Weird?
By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Paul Daviz
What’s not to love about pets? Especially animals that are creative, crazy, or just plain weird! Star-nosed moles, three-toed sloths, and other weird animals are all in this book. It’s full of the animals that are different and unique. There are a lot of weird things on the planet that your child can see when he or she goes on a trip with you. This is a great way for them to learn about some very unusual animals. They’ll read informational texts about their habits, diets, habitats, and stories.
Little People, BIG DREAMS: Bruce Lee
By: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrated by: Miguel Bustos
Learn about Bruce Lee’s life with your child! Born in the United States, he grew up in Hong Kong as a child star. His father sent him to the United States because he thought he could be more successful there. You’ll love this biographical sketch from the best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series. It has a little bit of everything: drama, excitement and a burst of ideas. Your child will love learning about bees through the story of Apis in this nonfiction book that is both beautiful and easy to read.
The Moon Book (New & Updated Edition)
By: Gail Gibbons
Because the moon looks different each night. It has a “dark side.” Because the ocean’s tides move. It’s an eclipse again. How does it happen? A book called “The Moon Book” will take your child through space and into a world of interesting, fun facts. By Gail Gibbons, this is a fun way for them to learn everything they want to know about the moon in a way that is both easy to understand and just plain cool.
National Geographic Readers: Weather
By: Kristin Baird Rattini
When your child reads this National Geographic book, they will learn a lot about weather. Lightning and thunder are caused by what? Because of the way they move, tornadoes are called that. Different types of clouds: This book talks about weather, from rain and snow to hurricanes and twisters. It talks about things like a poncho in a downpour.
This book is a big hit with kids in grade school because it has interesting facts and brightly colored pictures. It’s also very simple to read, which makes it a good choice for kids who are just learning to read.
Even if your child is just starting to read or has been around books for a long time, this nonfiction book is sure to be a hit with them.
Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera
By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: Eric Rohmann
This book, which won an award, tells the story of a honeybee’s life from start to finish with poetic language and beautiful illustrations. He turns into a tiny honeybee. Apis serves the hive. apis takes care of the larvae in the nursery, makes wax comb to store honey, and transfers pollen. Finally, she grows to the point where she can leave her hive and start a new one. They become bees that go on adventures. They go out and get nectar to make honey. Your child will love learning about bees through the story of Apis in this nonfiction book that is both beautiful and easy to read.