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Nonfiction Books for Beginning Readers


For developing readers, the nonfiction section offers lots of great books. Try a book from this list to introduce new concepts and build vocabulary. Discuss new or difficult words and concepts with beginners before reading the book together. Read the book out loud to your young reader and help them sound out words themselves.

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I Can Be A Scientist
Franco, Michou, author.
In this brainy book, an early introduction to STEM careers, aspiring young scientists will discover the wide-reaching disciplines of science in a comprehensible and fun narrative. They'll see photographs of scientists at work in many settings and even picture themselves in a profession in the sciences, too.
Barton, Byron.
Byron Barton is a favorite for beginning readers. This one describes what happens from the time an airplane passenger arrives at an airport, and boards an airplane until the plane is in the air.
States Of Matter
Bell, Samantha, author.
States of Matter explores basic chemistry and the states of solid, liquid and gas in a simple, engaging way that will help readers develop word recognition and reading skills.
Fretland VanVoorst, Jenny, 1972- author.
Carefully leveled text and vibrant photographs introduce emergent readers to the science behind lightning and thunder.
Asteroids & Meteoroids
Hansen, Grace, author.
Learn how asteroids and meteoroids came to be, what they are made of, where most of them are found and what happens when they collide with planets, like Earth!
The Milky Way
Hansen, Grace, author.
Discover how our galaxy got its start billions of years ago, what it's been doing since then, its size and everything that is a part of it.
Hurley, Jorey, author, illustrator.
A day in the life of a rabbit family, from sleeping to grazing to hiding from danger.
City Trains
Leighton, Christina, author.
This book introduces city trains to young readers through leveled text and photos.
Hello, Baby Beluga
Lunde, Darrin P.
A charming introduction to the life and habitat of the baby beluga.
Meister, Cari, author.
A favorite piece of construction equipment gets a full examination in this early book.
The Post Office
Murray, Julie, 1969- author.
Learn about why post offices are needed, who works there, and what kinds of things happen there.
Zamboni Ice Resurfacers
Pettiford, Rebecca, author.
How do Zambonis work? Find out in this informational read.
Bus Drivers
Schuh, Mari C., 1975- author.
An introduction to bus drivers through text and photos.
Trains Go!
Williams, John Matthew, 1973- author.
Whether riding the intricate web of rails that cross the country, or just taking the subway in the big city, trains are an amazing way to get from place to place.

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