Great non Fiction Books for Kids
* It shows you know the child and his or her interests and passions. Animal lover? Football fanatic? Astronomy obsessed? You can really tailor the gift to the child’s passion.
* You’ll probably be buying a book the child doesn’t already have. Narrative nonfiction and other interesting nonfiction for kids are the best-kept book secrets around. They can be as gripping and absorbing as fiction but rarely get the same buzz. So it’s less likely that the child already has the book.
* You’ll have something to talk about, especially if you read the book, too. Books are a great way to connect with kids. And the book will give you a chance to connect over something you know the child cares about. Maybe you could even read it aloud together. Now that would be a meaningful gift.
* If the book is interesting nonfiction, the child will be entertained while also learning something. It’s kind of what we want in all our relationships, isn’t it? We want people to like us, enjoy us, but also learn and grow from us. Great nonfiction books offer that great mix, too.
So HOW to pick the right book?
* Start with subject. If you don’t already know what interests the child, ask his or her parent.
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Children
* Match the book to the child’s age and reading level. (One caveat. Many kids I know will read slightly above their age and reading level if they are really passionate about a topic.)
* Give more than one. Can chose between two? Get them both. Maybe one is slightly more difficult than the other. Or covers a different part of the story. If a child loves one, they will probably like them both. (If you don’t want to give two at once, save one for the next birthday.)
* If a child already reads, loves and enjoys nonfiction, hand them something on a different subject than what they usually read. The best nonfiction writing will hook readers in topics that they never knew they would find interesting
* Pair the book with something fun. A stuffed lizard. A “build your own robot kit.” A historical wig.
* If you have the time (everyone sitting around stuffed after a big holiday dinner) offer to read the
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For me - anything by Jon Katz plus one that most folks have never heard of called The Golden Bridge. Written by a service dog org that places golden puppies with kids w autism and other cognitive disabilities (very interesting approach). Gives great info on chosing a pup who'll be good with kids plus overcoming doggie issues with positive reinforcement. Available on Amazon. No, I don't work for these folks. Found them when I was considering service dog for my 12 yo with mental retardation. Opted against service dog but book helped me know what to look for when I got Dusty (who really would have been a perfect service dog)