20 Best Nonfiction Books For Kindergarten Update 05/2022

There are a lot of great nonfiction books for kids in kindergarten right now. Most of the time, they should mix information with a story; the art should be captivating while the book’s writing gives easy-to-read information. These 21 nonfiction books for kindergarten have done a great job at this. They can be read over and over again as both a story and a book of facts. Over the last two years, I’ve been mostly working in the children’s library, so I’ve started to look for information in younger children’s nonfiction for myself. It’s art! The ease of use! The point-and-get-out!

You can choose from STEM, animals, bugs, dinosaurs and history. You can also choose toys and books. For cool nonfiction about fearless women, check out this list. For older kids, there is a “Must Read” list right here.

STEM Books For Kindergarten

Power Up by Seth Fishman and Isabel Greenberg

Power Up by Seth Fishman and Isabel Greenberg

This book has both science facts and a message that boosts your self-esteem: “Look at your pinkie. You could light up one of the world’s biggest cities for a whole day with that finger. A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars is a follow-up to this book. It’s a great mix of science and fun illustrations.

Hey, Water! By Antoinette Portis

Award-winning author and illustrator Portis’s new book is about a young girl who learns that water is everywhere and can come in many different forms (tears and snowmen, for instance). The book also talks about water cycles and how to save it. The Kids Are All Right Newsletter is a newsletter that tells people how well the kids are Join The Kids Are All Right to get news and recommendations from the world of kids’ books and middle-grade books. It was a pleasure to have you join us. Keep a close eye on your email. If you sign up, you agree to our terms of use.

Charlotte the Scientist Finds a Cure by Camille Andros and Brianne Farley

A cute picture book about a bunny named Charlotte. Charlotte wants to help her friends who live in the forest get better. She tries to figure out what’s wrong with the forest, but no one seems to be taking her very seriously. She will not let that stop her. It doesn’t work that way.

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years is a book by Stacy McAnulty and David Litchfield about the first 4.54 billion years on Earth.

Easy-to-understand facts meet cute space art. In Earth!, the Earth itself tells us interesting and witty facts. There are jokes in the book that will make it fun for families to read and talk about together.

Animals Nonfiction Books for Kindergarten

Hello, Hello by Brendan Wenzel

You should start with this: it’s so cute! These pictures are so cute! A lot of animals have the same colors, stripes, and so on. The end of the book is full of animal names and information about extinction levels. Animal conservation is important, and this is a good way to show kids how important it is

Can An Aardvark Bark? By Melissa Stewart and Steve Jenkins

Can An Aardvark Bark By Melissa Stewart and Steve Jenkins

The following are some questions about animals that make noise: They do make some weird sounds, but this book is a lot of fun because it talks about the grunts and barks of both familiar and weird animals.

History Books For Kindergarten

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

It’s hard for a mother and child from another country to fit in at their new home in San Francisco until they find out about the library and all its benefits. The art is beautiful, a mix of different styles and images, and the writing is poetic but still based in facts. Also, the use of Spanish words was done well.

Langston’s Train Ride by Robert Burleigh and Leonard Jenkins

Jenkins’s paintings bring to life the story of Langston Hughes, an 18-year-old poet who came up with the poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” This is a poetic, first-person look at how creativity works.

Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Jade Johnson

Clara Luper was a teacher in Oklahoma City who encouraged her students to use nonviolent protest to fight segregation. This is the story of how she did this.

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier

Dave the Potter Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier

This is an award-winning nonfiction book that will make people want to learn more. Dave was a slave, but he made some of the best clay pottery you’ve ever seen. He also wrote a short poem on each piece. It’s a very moving story about a man who was mostly forgotten by history. He is known as Dave the Potter because, as a slave, his last name was taken away.

Sharks & Other Watery Creatures

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist  by Jess Keating

Eugenie Clark has never been afraid of sharks. In fact, her love of sharks led her to study them and learn more about them. Shark Lady, written by a zoologist named Jess Keating, is a story about a woman who wants to be a scientist even though people don’t like it when women do it.

If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams

Sharks aren’t scary, and Williams uses a boat trip with his family to show how important they are to the ecosystem of the ocean.

Inky’s Amazing Escape by Sy Montgomery and Amy Schimler-Safford

Readers won’t soon forget Inky, who is very clever. A marine biologist recommended the book to me. There are lots of interesting facts in Montgomery’s book, as well as an exciting story about one adventurous, squiggly octopus who broke out of an aquarium.

Dinosaurs Books For Kindergarten

How Big Were the Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge

How Big Were the Dinosaurs by Lita Judge

Microraptors were smaller than the average chicken, so this book is sure to be a hit with dinosaur fans of all ages. The information is easy to understand, and the illustrations are both cute and silly.

How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

From Utah to Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. is based on the true story of how a dinosaur fossil (Diplodocus longus) made its way.

Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton

How are dinosaur fossils found and put together? Barton’s book is about six paleontologists, and he makes their job easy to understand.


A Beetle Is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

People who become entomologists will be interested in Aston and Long’s work for many reasons. Beetle facts are very interesting. This book is part of a series of science books written and illustrated by the same people (An Egg is Quiet, A Rock is Lively, etc).

The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall and Isabelle Arsenault

The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall and Isabelle Arsenault

Isabelle Arsenault’s wacky illustrations go well with Kirsten Hall’s simple text in this informative book. Poetry-lovers will still learn a lot about bugs from the Honeybee.

Toys and Books

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring by Gilbert Ford

All of us want to be slinky! You can read the story of Richard James here. He was an engineer who helped Betty, who was married to him, make the slinky. Ford’s art is a mix of paper dolls, two-dimensional drawings, and three-dimensional objects. It has a buoyancy that fits the story well.

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar

Pura Belpré, New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, was a big supporter of bilingual books. This inspiring, beautifully illustrated biography is also available in Spanish. Sembrando historias: This book is also available in Spanish. Pura Belpré is a librarian and a storyteller.

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

An award-winning book for kids about Peter Mark Roget, the creator of the thesaurus. At first, Roget was shy and awkward. He found comfort in books and lists to help him deal with this. He kept making them for a long time, and his lists of words that were related to each other got bigger and more detailed. Roget’s Thesaurus is a great book for both big and small language lovers. This story, written by illustrator Sweet, is brought to life by Sweet’s multimedia art.

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