11 Best Nonfiction Books For 7th Graders Update 05/2022

Nonfiction Books For 7th Graders

A lot of 7th graders want to read nonfiction books that are really good. Your tweens will learn about all kinds of interesting things from these top 20 books. They will also learn more about the world around them. It has everything from ancient art to modern technology, so there’s something here for everyone.

While I’ve always been a person who likes to read stories, my son isn’t like that. But the bulk of his library is filled with how-to guides for his favorite games and fun facts about the subjects he loves.

A nonfiction book he chose on his own has taught him more than seven years of school. School is important, but our kids are more likely to remember what they learn if they can choose how they get it.

Because Jake just finished 7th grade, I thought now would be a good time to share some of the good nonfiction books that he learned so much from this year. Check out these things!

Good Nonfiction Books for 7th Graders to Read

If you buy a book through one of the links, I get a small cut of the money. There is no extra charge for you. It was easier to look through this list if I broke it down into the most popular types of nonfiction books, so I did that. I’ve also put in a preview when it’s possible. This is not the case with all of these books, though. Some of them can only be found in print because they are very graphic and don’t work well as ebooks.


Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook

Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook

We love the Big Fat Notebook series from Workman Publishing. This is one of our favorite series. Two years ago, I wrote a review of the Big Fat Notebooks series on Pretty Opinionated. Since then, they’ve been a great source of information for me. My and my friends like to read the science book more than any other. As a bonus, it helped me remember everything I had forgotten. My middle school days are over a long time ago.

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

Love this book because it shows our tweens (both boys and girls) that women have made just as many great inventions as men. From things we use every day, like windshield wipers, to things that keep people safe, like Kevlar! Women like Ruth Wakefield, Mary Anderson, Stephanie Kwolek and Bette Nesmith Graham are shown in the book. It even has young inventors like Becky Schroeder, who came up with the Glo-Sheet, and Alexia Abernathy, who is 11. (who made a spill-proof bowl).

Rocket Science for the Rest of Us

If you’re like Jacob, you’re really into physics. I bought Rocket Science for the Rest of Us to help him learn some of the more complicated things. I read it, too, after all! If you want to learn about things like black holes, antimatter, and so on in a way that anyone can understand, Ben Gilliland is the best person to do it. When it comes to science, I’ve never been very good at it, except for biology. Even though I couldn’t understand some things, I still think I learned enough to keep up with my son. This game is for kids who are 8 and up, but your 7th grader will still enjoy it!

Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build * Invent * Create * Discover

A gift from my brother to Jacob was the Maker Lab. Jake loves science, and so does my brother. A lot of the projects are easy to make with things you already have around the house. It’s a great book. Love that it has some of the old favorites, like how to make a lemon battery or a volcano, but also some new ideas, like how to make a jungle in a bottle or a soap-driven boat. The book has a foreword by an award-winning teen inventor named Jack Andraka.

Super Earth Encyclopedia

Super Earth Encyclopedia

This book is perfect for kids who love earth science. Volcanoes and crystal ice caves are just two of the things they will learn about in the 208 pages. It’s a DK book, so you know it’s full of great graphics and easy-to-read information. Then, when my son was done with it, I really liked reading this one.

Computers & Technology

The Way Things Work Now

If you want to know how things work now, read The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay or The Way Things Work. The new edition has almost all of the inventions from the original, as well as touchscreens and 3D printers that aren’t in the original. Make sure your tweens have this book if they like to take things apart to figure out what makes them go. Because the Print Replica Kindle version keeps the print edition’s layout but lets you zoom in on different graphics, it’s a little fun to play with. To start, make sure that your Kindle can play the game. It only works on the Fire tablets.

Get Coding!

They teach them HTML, CSS, and other types of code that are used on websites. It’s very simple, so you won’t be able to use it to make complicated designs, but it’s still a good place to start. I think that by the time our kids are old enough, everyone will have their own website. We’re almost there, aren’t we? If they can figure out how to put one together on their own, that will be a great skill.

The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book

This series talks about how to make LEGO machines that work. You can build hundreds of different types of machines and mechanisms in the first book in the series, The LEGO Power Function Idea BookVolume 1: Machines and Mechanisms. Each one shows a different type of mechanical principle. All of the projects have detailed photos, a list of what you need, and step-by-step instructions. In my opinion, it’s better to look at instructions on a screen than to try to prop open a book.

Coding Games in Scratch

Coding Games in Scratch

It’s a good book for kids who want to make video games. It’s written for kids who haven’t written any code before. As well as detailed instructions, the book also talks about what goes into making a really good game. The only thing that could go wrong is that you’ll need Adobe Flash Player to make games. If you haven’t heard, Flash is being phased out and will be completely obsolete in the next few years. Still, this book gives kids a good idea of how to write code.

Minecraft Guide Collection

Hundreds of nonfiction Minecraft books are out there, and they’ll get their own post soon. If you want something official from Mojang, this is the place to look. Jake has all of these books, and even though he’s been playing Minecraft for a long time, he still reads them. It includes: Guide to Exploration, Guide to Creative, Guide to Redstone, Guide to the End. 

When Jake spends a lot of time playing Minecraft, I don’t mind. It’s a great way to learn.


Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic

To understand why a Harry Potter book is on a list of nonfiction books for 7th graders, let me explain for a moment:

For their Harry Potter exhibit, the British Library came up with Harry Potter: A Journey through the History of Magic. There are some fun surprises from JK Rowling’s best-selling books in this book. But the bulk of it is a history book that talks about how people lived. It looks into the true history of things like the Philosopher’s Stone, the mandrake’s “scream,” and a lot more.

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