Non Fiction Picture Books

So many picture books seem to focus on fictional stories, and now that my boys are more inquisitive and constantly asking me “Why, why, why?” I have been on the hunt for more educational, non-fiction books.

With Spring here (don’t let the snow fool you, my fellow Chicagoans), we have been spending a TON of time outside so many of the nonfiction books that we have fallen in love with focus on the theme of nature.

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Hope you find something that excites and engages your little explorers! Since these are all relatively new books, be sure to check your favorite local bookstore or library for a copy.

The Lion and the Mouse—Jerry Pinkney


This wordless book tells the story of a lion who spares a mouse and how the mouse then rescues his massive friend.

Water Can Be…–Laura Purdie Salas

Water Can Be...

Read about the amazing power of water in this poetic and beautifully illustrated book.

Weeds Find a Way—Cindy Jenson Elliott


Little nature lovers will love to see all of the vibrant variations of weeds that crop up in the most unique of places.

What’s Your Favorite Animal—Eric Carle and Friends


In this beautifully illustrated books, famous children’s book illustrators share personal stories of their favorite animals.

Gravity—Jason Chin


This complex scientific idea is conveyed to young learners in a clear, concise, and fun way.

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    My youngest son is all about non fiction picture books. He just got an awesome one about sharks.

  2. Marie says

    Great timing! I’ve actually been contemplating on what new books I would get for my kids. I will definitely go for Non Fiction Picture Books, thank you for this list!

  3. Alison says

    You know – I never even considered non-fiction picture books as a “think” but I guess there really are tons out there. My daughter love picture books so I’ll definitely have to seek some of these out.

    • amandasimkin says

      As a Reading Specialist, I know how important it is to match girls up with non fiction books they are interested in so it is best to expose them to her young!

    • amandasimkin says

      That’s great to hear the nonfiction books are getting the attention they deserve in your house!

  4. Lauren Harmon says

    All of these books look like they are awesome reads for littles and the perfect way to make learning and reading fun! I’ll definitely be looking into a few of them for my nieces and nephews!

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