Age Range: 3 and Up
When I was at the New York Hall of Science several weeks ago (a fantastic museum for those of you in the New York area), I visited their library filled with a great selection of science books. I found a few for early readers that I wanted to share along with some others that I’ve found especially good for this age group (all of these titles are available in the Kid Book Doctor Amazon Bookstore).
Click here to review some of my tips on how to read non-fiction to children.
Cat in the Hat Learning Library
Fun rhyming books where kids learn about many scientific related concepts in an engaging way.
• Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today?
• Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body
• On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects
Dragonfly Introductory Science Books
This is a great series that introduces kids to important concepts in a very friendly and engaging way.
• Me and My Amazing Body
• Me and My Place in Space
• Me on the Map
Lets Read and Find Out About Science
There are so many titles in this series, they are grouped by stages (based on age level).
Stage 1 books are especially appropriate for ages 3-5 and include over 30 books that cover the human body, plants and animals and the world around us. Some titles include:
• How a Seed Grows
• What’s it Like to be a Fish
• Sounds All Around
• What Makes a Shadow
Stage 2 books are more appropriate for age 5 and up and also cover 3 topic areas: The Human Body, Plants and Animals and Dinosaurs. To be sure, if your child has a keen interest in a particular topic, stage 1 and 2 books will likely both be appropriate.
Some titles include:
• Digging up Dinosaurs
• The Skeleton Inside You
• What is the World Made of? All about Solids, Liquids and Gases
Gail Gibbons—"Queen" of Non-Fiction Writing
Age 5 and up
Gail Gibbons has published over 50 non-fiction titles. While it may seem hard to believe, she truly is an incredibly prolific author. Geared for children aged 5 and up, her books have great pictures and information.
• The Honey Makers
• Coral Reefs
A few words about non-fiction:
Kids are always asking ‘why?’ While we're often inclined to give them the answer, at some point, as parents, we need to teach them how to find the answers themselves. Reading non-fiction is a perfect entree into using books as resources for learning facts and information--a medium that can be extremely rewarding for children.
- While reading, take time to mention some of the features of non-fiction texts. For example, the table of contents, captions and index.
- Remember that a reader can jump around in a non-fiction book. You might review the table of contents with them to find the section(s) they most want to read and then read one or two each night.
- Drawing is also a great way to help them engage with what they read. They might choose a picture/illustration from the book and try to copy it and then label what they drew!