Non-Fiction Books for Kids are a seriously underrated way to help your child up their life-skill game. Our kids spend so much time on their screens, TVs, and game machines they are missing out on a lot of information. We have gathered a list of the best dozen non-fiction books for kids like yours.

According to Educational Leadership, the average child spends about four and half hours per day watching TV, only four minutes per day reading non-fiction books for kids. This is unfortunate since reading non-fiction can not only help children learn about other subjects, but also increase their reading skills. But how can you get your kids interested in nonfiction when the TV is just in the other room?

Fortunately for you, we’ve got a list of 12 great non-fiction books for kids.

12 Non Fiction Books for Kids They Will Enjoy

Below you will find the best nonfiction books for your kids.

1. The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

This is an updated version of the classic everybody loved as a kid, and it’s great for the wanna-be engineer. This book has color illustrations and explanations of all kinds of fascinating doodads and technology, from 3D printers to parking meters. Many of the pages show a simple, primitive gadget (like an axe) and how that technology is incorporated into other, more complex items (like an electric shaver).

2. The Disney Princess Cookbook by Disney Book Group

If you’re trying to get your little princess (or prince) interested in something more practical, this book might be a good option. It’s filled with fun, themed recipes like Abu’s Monkey Bread, and there’s also a section to teach basic cooking skills.

3. Cooking Class by Deanna F. Cook

Not every kid is in to princesses, and that’s okay. If your little one is eager to take over in the kitchen and you’re looking for something a little more multipurpose than our Disney pick, try Cooking Class. All the basic cooking techniques for each dish are explained in language your kids will understand.

4. Python for Kids: Playful Introduction to Programming by Jason R. Briggs

Non fiction books for kids can teach them the skills to succeed in the 21st century. Try this introduction to Python written for kids ages 10 and up. Yes, it teaches real coding skills, but uses hilarious and entertaining examples to keep kids entertained. The book teaches kids, step-by-step, to code two complete video games so they have something to show off at the end.

5. The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz

A great way to get your kids reading and learning new skills is to choose something they love and find non fiction books for kids about it. And even though Legos are “just a toy,” learning to build advanced structures with them may help children do better in school ( because Legos support logical and spatial reasoning. This book has illustrations and instructions for some really cool structures.

6. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields

When it comes to non fiction books for kids, National Geographic is certainly a trustworthy source. Plus, when they’re constantly asking you why, you can point them here. You’re welcome.

7. Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make by Andria Lisle and Amie Petronis Plumley

This book can teach kids as young as five years old to sew. It’s packed with easy-to-follow instructions and colorful photographs of attractive and fun projects. They can all be made with easy hand stitches too, so you can kids can do more with less supervision. Projects include pillows, potholders, dolls, and more.

8. The Upcycled Toys Club: A Family Friendly Recycling Activity Series

This one isn’t exactly nonfiction, but it’s a really cool concept and it teaches valuable skills. The books follows a story about a boy named Evan who learns how to build toys from recycled materials. It’s designed so that families can follow along together with Evan. It teaches how to use things you’d normally throw out, like pizza boxes and detergent caps, to make cool toys. Teaching kids about recycling and creativity at the same time sounds like a win to us!

9. How to Draw Pets by Barbara Soloff Levy

“How to draw” books are a perennial favorite for most kids. The Dover How to Draw series produces books on all types of drawing subjects, and includes really simple step-by-step examples. Choose something your child is interested in (like pets) so they’ll enjoy it more

10. Guided Science Readers by Liza Charlesworth

For kids who are still learning to read, nonfiction guided readers are like magic. They not only help kids practice reading and getting information from text (an important skill for school), but they’ll teach your child about science. This particular series has brightly colored pictures and interesting facts about animals.

11. What to Do When Mistakes Make You Quake by Claire Freeland and Jacqueline Toner

This may be a soft skill, but it’s super important for kids to learn in today’s society, where they have tons of pressure to perform in school and extracurriculars. Help your child learn to get back on the horse after they made a mistake so that they’re not paralyzed by perfectionism.

12. I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer

Help your kids learn about history with biographies targeted to their age group. This particular picture book teaches about the famous Martin Luther King Jr., and it can also help you start conversations with your child about being kind to people who look different and peacefully changing the world. Inspiring your child and helping them find things their passionate about can motivate them to pursue skill building on their own.

Summing Up

We hope this list of non-fiction books for kids has given you some great ideas of what to look for the next time you’re at the library or the bookstore. If there’s something we’ve missed, let us know! We’d love to hear your recommendations, or talk about what kinds of skills you want to build in your child.

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