Do you have a little fact fiend at your place? My 5-year-old is a HUGE lover of non-fiction books. He runs around our house reeling off facts at a rapidfire pace. Here are 10 of our current favourite non-fiction books for kids.
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The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals written and illustrated by Sami Bayly
Look this is a big call- but this is possibly my 5-year-old’s favourite book of the year. The left side of the spread contains a beautiful watercolour portrait of the animal being showcased. The right side of the spread contains a detailed information report about the animal.
Magical Creatures and Mythical Beasts by Professor and Millie Mortimer and illustrated by Victor Ngai
This is a magical book for the child who loves history, mythology and mystical creatures like Loch Ness, pegasus and dragons. It’s best read in a cosy, darkish spot- so you can use the magic torch to illuminate the mythical creatures hidden on the page.
Searching for Cicadas by Lesley Gibbes and illustrated by Judy Watson
Walker Books are the trailblazers when it comes to what they called narrative non-fiction, or FACTion. This beauty follows a grandpa and grandson as they go camping and searching for cicadas. Facts are interspersed throughout the narrative. Non-fiction books can make for tricky read-alouds, but this style of narrative non-fiction is a joy to share and read aloud.
Old Enough to Save the Planet by Loll Kirby and illustrated by Adelina Lirius
A beautifully illustrated book where each spread contains the biography of a child activist who are implementing environmental change. It features a how-to-help section with simple steps to empower young readers to take action at home and at school.
Extinct by Lucas Riera and illustrated by Jack Tite
An oversized book featuring amazing illustrations and details of animals that have disappeared.
The Ultimate Animal Alphabet Book by Jennifer Cossins
My 5-year-old has lost hours poring over this book. Each spread, organised in alphabetic order, is filled with animals beginning with the corresponding letter. A book that is chock-a-block filled with facts.
The Bushfire Book: How to Be Aware and Prepare by Polly Marsden and Chris Nixon
A practical and reassuring book for children to help them understand bushfires and what action they can take to feel less anxious and more prepared as Australia faces longer and more intense bushfire seasons. This is an amazing book.
Kookaburra by Claire Saxby and illustrated by Tannya Harricks
Another excellent example of FACTion from Walker Books as part of their Nature Storybooks series. The illustrations are divine. A fabulous book that informs, engages and entertains.
Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu by Pamela Freeman and illustrated by Liz Anelli
A beautifully written narrative that explores the seasons fo Australia’s Kakadu.
I Love the World by Tania McCartney
This book takes the young reader on a fantastical round-the-world-trip. Dense with facts about different countries with glorious illustrations, this is a definite keepsake book.
All books, except I Love the World and Extinct, were sent by the publishers for review purposes. Thank you!
What are your favourite non-fiction books for kids?