5 Great Nonfiction Picture Books

I love narrative books. There's something about them that's so appealing because they often provide a nice escape from reality or an exciting adventure. I have no doubt that my children, who are 4 1/2 and 20 months, feel the same. So often we go to the library and come home with a stack of imaginative picture books. More often than not, nonfiction and informational picture books get left behind at the library!

There are really, really great reasons, though, to embrace (and, yes, check out) books that are packed with information for children.

Here are 5 benefits of reading nonfiction and informational picture books with your young child.

  • Children may gain interest in a new subject area, which drives them to learn (and read) about the topic even more.
  • Opportunities for learning new vocabulary are plentiful (which is a great thing, since vocabulary knowledge has been linked to success in Kindergarten).
  • Nonfiction and informational picture books can ignite curiosity in children and lead them to ask "why" questions.
  • These books can provide a basis for hands-on learning activities (which is one of the best ways to learn about a topic).
  • Often these books initiate more conversation than narrative stories, building language and comprehension skills.

Convinced you should check out some nonfiction and informational picture books on your next trip to the library? Take a look at these fall-inspired informational children's books.

Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert

Learn the names of plants and animals, and, of course, some fun facts about squirrels. The blog Ready-Set-Read has several neat ways to extend the learning with this book here.


Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Learn all about growth, gardening and the life cycle from seed to pumpkin. Check out this sequencing activity to accompany this book. 


Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

This book is packed full of information about trees, birds, and gardening. Learn new science-related vocabulary, and even practice several math concepts with these activities.


The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

Learn about the life cycle of an apple tree, then try one of these cute apple crafts.


The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

Learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin, as well as pumpkin and Halloween traditions. Check out this post for some fun pumpkin games.

Marissa Kiepert Truong, PhD, is a Chester County, PA mom and early education consultant. This post is adapted from her blog, Land of Once Upon a Time.

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