Beginning Readers Want to Know! A Bunch of Nonfiction Books


Beginning Readers Want to Know!

A Bunch of Nonfiction Books


At the beginning of the month, I posted a bunch of fiction books for beginning readers. This week, I have a dozen nonfiction books with a reading level no higher than grade 2.0. For many beginning readers, finding a topic that interests them (like animals, science…) often provides that added incentive to read more. I relied on the reading levels provided by Kansas Book Connect (an excellent book resource).


  Red-eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Nic Bishop

A hungry red-eyed tree frog travels through the night, looking for something to eat. It passes up many possible treats, escapes danger, and settles upon a moth to crunch on. Great pictures!


  I Like Dinosaurs by Angela Aylmore

Three dinosaurs (T-rex, velociraptor, and triceratops) are discussed with simple text, museum photos, and paintings. This is part of the Things I Like series.


  Brave Norman: A True Story by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Ellen Beier

Norman is a dog who goes blind. He does best when his friend Lucy, also a dog, walks close by his side to guide him. But Norman needs no help when he hears a girl who is struggling far out in the water and calling for help. This book is part of the Pets to the Rescue series. It is a Ready-to-Read level 1 reader.
Another true dog story: Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi


  Move! by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

There are three levels of text in this book. One level has single words that tell how an animal moves (dive, swim, slither…). The next level has sentences that tell about each moving animal (An armadillo swims across the stream…). The third level, found on the last pages, gives in depth information about the animals included in the book. As always, the Steve Jenkins illustrations are wonderful.
Another animal movement book that is illustrated by Steve Jenkins: Elephants Swim by Linda Capus Riley.


  Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Have you ever seen a vulture? Have you seen one soaring high in the sky? I think vultures are cool birds and the rhyming text and the illustrations of this book capture a day in the life of a vulture perfectly.


  Yuck! by Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Each double page starts with What’s for Supper?, describes a meal for an animal baby (worm, rotten egg, spider…)’ and states Yuck! The text is lively and is more than matched by the outstanding illustrations.


  Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, illustrated by Andy Robert Davies

First read and see the clues (Oven mitts, apron, recipe for stew. Puffy hat and whisk. What job does he do?). Turn the page and see the person at work. Clever concept!


  Hello, Hello! by Miriam Schlein, illustrated by Daniel Kirk

This books shows the many ways lions, polar bears, chimpanzees, wolves, beavers, zebras, penguins, elephants, and people say hello


Boat Book by Gail Gibbons

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Each page has boats showing different ways of moving and different uses. The text provides lots of easy-to-read information.


It’s Hailing! By Alex Appleby

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This is a very basic reader, in which 2 boys experience a hail storm. This book is part of the What’s the Weather? series. There are 5 other books.


  Magnets by Wiley Blevins

Photos and simple text show the properties of magnets. The book includes other nice features: table of contents, word list, activity, index, and a list of related books. It’s part of the Compass Point Phonics Readers series.


I hope you find some just-right books to read!



2 thoughts on “Beginning Readers Want to Know! A Bunch of Nonfiction Books

  1. Great list! Thanks. There were some books on the list by Steve Jenkins that I didn’t know. LOVE Stve Jenkins.

    I’ll be looking these up and ordering the more recently published for me library. It would be useful to me of you could include the publication date and publisher next to the title.

    Hope you have more non-fiction lists for younger readers soon.

    1. Josianne, I love Steve Jenkins, too! I’m planning out my next few months of posts–I’ll plan one for early reader nonfiction. Gail

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