Nonfiction chapter books are a trend in children’s books that I’m very happy to see. I love that my kids have access to good chapter books about topics that interest them. They feel grown up when they read books with chapters. The short format means they can finish a book in a palatable amount of time, which is a huge deal for a growing reader.
We read lots of nonfiction chapter books, and these are the ones that we’ve enjoyed the most.
The Best Nonfiction Chapter Books About Animals
I read this book aloud to my girls. It’s based on the movie by the same name. I haven’t seen the movie 😱 but my kids and I enjoyed the book quite a bit. It’s written like a documentary narration, but with more detail since you don’t have the video to go with it. You follow several arctic animals as they struggle to survive. The suspense slowly builds and keeps you guessing as to what will happen. My kids always begged for one more chapter. And because the book is only 118 pages long, it ended up being a quick read. This book is perfect for kids that like nature shows, learning about animals, or have seen the Arctic Tale movie.
This is one of my favorite nonfiction chapter books that I’ve read so far. The text is complex, yet simple enough that my kids can read and understand it. It also has pronunciation help on tough words as you go along.
The book is organized into chapters by topic—what determines shark status, what they eat, how they hunt, and why they matter. The information is more in depth than most shark books, so my kids felt like they learned something new by reading it.
This book is about dinosaurs (obviously). As a chapter book, it has more text and fewer pictures than some of Animal Planet’s other books. It’s full of information about dinosaurs, the different periods, and the lifestyles of these amazing animals.
I read Dinosaurs! with my kids and they liked learning about the different groups of dinosaurs and the periods in which they lived.
At just over 100 pages long, kids that like learning about animals, nature, and bugs will be buzzing about this book for weeks. While it has more text and fewer pictures than bug books for younger readers, there are lots of interesting facts to glean and images to peruse. Kids will learn what makes an insect, what they eat, and the different families of insects. Of course, there’s also a chapter on extreme insects that kids will love.
Kids that love these slithery serpents will be thrilled to get their hands on this book. It’s just over 100 pages long and broken into eleven chapters. Each chapter tackles a topic like snake senses, life cycles, deadly snakes, and what snakes eat. My kids are always interested in learning more about snakes, and this book was the perfect way to feed that interest. It’s jam packed with info about our scaly friends, how they hunt, how they move, and how they defend themselves against attack.
Crocodile Encounters: And More True Stories of Adventures with Animals by National Geographic Kids Chapters by Brady Barr
Speaking of scaly friends and things that slither, what kid doesn’t want to read about crocodiles? These giant reptiles are toothy, sneaky, and ancient. Their ancestry dates back to the time of the dinosaurs, which makes them all the more interesting. This book discusses and explores crocodiles and the encounters people have had with them. With four stories each broken into three easy to digest chapters, this book is perfect for kids that want a shorter format and need the satisfaction of finishing.
Dolphin Rescue is both fiction and nonfiction, all rolled into one. It’s a story about a girl named Maddie and her brother Atticus, trying to discover who is throwing trash all over their town. The fictional story is interrupted with pages of facts about shorelines, beaches, and sea animals.
Kids that enjoy fiction will like the mystery portion of the book while learning some fun facts about the ocean and coastlines. Kids that like nonfiction will also enjoy the facts and gain an appreciation for fiction at the same time.
Like it’s companion book, Farm Friends Escape! is a work of fiction interspersed with loads of fun facts. It becomes both fiction and nonfiction at once as kids read the story and glean the tidbits of information about farms and farm animals.
My daughters read both this book and Dolphin Rescue and they really enjoyed them. They like nonfiction, so they appreciated all the fact pages, but they also adore fiction, so the story was fun to read. It was a good combination of the two and my kids enjoyed the result.
What nonfiction chapter books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments!
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