Nonfiction for Early Readers

Young children are often very curious about the world around them and the books in this list are meant to satisfy their curiosity in a fun and age-appropriate way.  Perfect for independent readers or reading aloud with your little one, these books just may teach adults a thing or two as well.  To request a copy, click on View in Library Catalog. Then click on PLACE REQUEST. Make sure to have your library card handy.  Please contact the library if you need help.

Slinky, scaly snakes

by Dussling, Jennifer.


by Coughlan, Cheryl.

The emperor's egg

by Jenkins, Martin, 1959-


by Lever, E. Melanie.

Growing up wild : bears

by Markle, Sandra.

Big birds

by Penner, Lucille Recht.

Are you a butterfly?

by Allen, Judy.

Little panda : the world welcomes Hua Mei at the Sand Diego Zoo

by Ryder, Joanne.

Pi-shu, the little panda

by Butler, John, 1952-

One tiny turtle

by Davies, Nicola, 1958-

Penguin chick

by Tatham, Betty.

What is a mammal?

by Schaefer, Lola M., 1950-

What is a bird?

by Schaefer, Lola M., 1950-

Giant pandas

by Gibbons, Gail.

Giant pandas

by Martin, Patricia A. Fink, 1955-


by Murray, Julie, 1969-

Surprising sharks

by Davies, Nicola, 1958-

Dolphin talk : whistles, clicks, and clapping jaws

by Pfeffer, Wendy, 1929-

How a frog grows

by Benton, Celia.

Grizzly bears

by Gibbons, Gail.

Night animals

by Meredith, Susan.

Actual size

by Jenkins, Steve, 1952-

Babe Ruth saves baseball

by Murphy, Frank.

Baby elephant

by Lang, Aubrey.

Roberto Clemente

by Mara, Wil.


by Macken, JoAnn Early, 1953-

Big cats

by Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw.

Turtle crossing

by Chrustowski, Rick.

A place for butterflies

by Stewart, Melissa.

Orangutan baby

by Hughes, Monica.


by Murray, Julie, 1969-


by Murray, Julie, 1969-


by Murray, Julie, 1969-


by Murray, Julie, 1969-

Humpback whale

by Douglas, Lloyd G.

Mountain goats

by Macken, JoAnn Early, 1953-

Stealing home

by Burleigh, Robert.


by Jeunesse, Gallimard.

Baby whales drink milk

by Esbensen, Barbara Juster.

Zipping, zapping, zooming bats

by Earle, Ann.

The butterfly alphabet

by Sandved, Kjell Bloch, 1922-

Lou Gehrig : the luckiest man

by Adler, David A.

Blue whale : the world's biggest mammal

by Smith, Molly, 1974-


by Rustad, Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman), 1


by Macken, JoAnn Early, 1953-


by Sexton, Colleen A., 1967-

African elephant : the world's biggest land mammal

by Hall, Kirsten.

Leatherback turtle : the world's heaviest reptile

by Hall, Kirsten.

Nothing but trouble : the story of Althea Gibson

by Stauffacher, Sue, 1961-


by Jeunesse, Gallimard.

Fun facts about turtles!

by Bredeson, Carmen.

Young Pele´ : soccer's first star

by Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

Fly, butterfly, fly!

by Rau, Dana Meachen, 1971-

Monarch and milkweed

by Frost, Helen, 1949-

When the wolves returned : restoring nature's balance in Yellowstone

by Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw.

Baseball hour

by Nevius, Carol, 1955-

Ice bears

by Guiberson, Brenda Z.

Pele´, king of soccer = Pele´a^e, el rey del fa^utbol

by Brown, Monica, 1969-

This is my racing car

by Oxlade, Chris.


by Carney, Elizabeth, 1981-

Armadillo trail : the northward journey of the Armadillo

by Swinburne, Stephen R.

Racing cars

by Pipe, Jim, 1966-

Amazing armadillos

by McKerley, Jennifer Guess.

Tarra & Bella : the elephant and dog who became best friends

by Buckley, Carol, 1954-

Muhammad Ali : the people's champion

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014


by Kras, Sara Louise.

All-star : Honus Wagner and the most famous baseball card ever

by Yolen, Jane.

Baby elephant's fun in the sun

by Teitelbaum, Michael.

Baby penguin slips and slides

by Teitelbaum, Michael.


by Perdomo, Willie.


by Kras, Sara Louise.

I wonder why flip the flaps creepy-crawlies

by Wallace, Karen.

Summer birds : the butterflies of Maria Merian

by Engle, Margarita.

Alligators and crocodiles

by Gibbons, Gail.

A walrus' world

by Arnold, Caroline.

Fearless : the story of racing legend Louise Smith

by Rosenstock, Barbara.

From tadpole to frog

by Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner.

Basketball belles : how two teams and one scrappy player put women's hoops on the map

by Macy, Sue.

Hello, baby beluga

by Lunde, Darrin P.

Lindsey Vonn : Olympic champion

by Tieck, Sarah, 1976-


by Green, Emily K., 1966-


by Green, Emily K., 1966-


by Green, Emily K., 1966-


by Green, Emily K., 1966-


by Zobel, Derek, 1983-

Staying safe on the playground

by Raatma, Lucia.

Monkey colors

by Lunde, Darrin P.

You never heard of Sandy Koufax?!

by Winter, Jonah.

Here come the humpbacks!

by Sayre, April Pulley.

Barbed wire baseball

by Moss, Marissa.

Armadillo's burrow

by Phillips, Dee, 1967-

Badger's burrow

by Phillips, Dee, 1967-

The Streak : how Joe Dimaggio became America's hero

by Rosenstock, Barb.

A bear cub grows up

by Zollman, Pam.

Kali's story : an orphaned polar bear rescue

by Curtis, Jennifer Keats, author.

Winnie : the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

by Walker, Sally M., author.

Becoming Babe Ruth

by Tavares, Matt.

Queen of the diamond : the Lizzie Murphy story

by McCully, Emily Arnold.

Bee dance

by Chrustowski, Rick, author, illustrator.

Trapped! : a whale's rescue

by Burleigh, Robert, author.


by Marsh, Laura F, author.


by Leaf, Christina.

The William Hoy story : how a deaf baseball player changed the game

by Churnin, Nancy, author.


by Bowman, Chris, 1990- author.


by Bowman, Chris, 1990-

Do you really want to meet a cape buffalo?

by Meister, Cari, author.

A beetle is shy

by Aston, Dianna Hutts, author.


by Borgert-Spaniol, Megan, 1989-

Day by day with Gabby Douglas

by Mattern, Joanne, 1963-

My book of birds

by Valerio, Geraldo, author.

Nadia : the girl who couldn't sit still

by Gray, Karlin.

Do you really want to meet a camel?

by Heos, Bridget, author.

Florence Griffith Joyner

by Haldy, Emma E., author.

Do you really want to meet a badger?

by Heos, Bridget, author.

Striped skunks

by Bowman, Chris, 1990- author.

Eastern chipmunks

by Bowman, Chris, 1990- author.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds

by Bowman, Chris, 1990- author.

Prairie dogs

by Borgert-Spaniol, Megan, 1989- author.

American robins

by Borgert-Spaniol, Megan, 1989- author.


by Lake, G. G., author.

North American river otter

by Lawrence, Ellen, 1967- , author.

Penguin day : a family story

by Bishop, Nic, 1955- author, illustrator.

Rhino in the house : the story of saving Samia

by Kirk, Daniel, author.

If sharks disappeared

by Williams, Lily.

Ibtihaj Muhammad : Olympic fencer

by Lajiness, Katie author.

100-year-old tortoises!

by Atlantic, Leonard, author.

200-year-old Bowhead whales!

by Atlantic, Leonard, author.

I wish I was a lion

by Markle, Sandra, author.

Humpback whale migration

by Hansen, Grace, author.

The truth about hippos

by Eaton, Maxwell, author. III

Green iguanas

by Black, Vanessa, author.

The truth about bears

by Eaton, Maxwell, author, illustrator. III

Camp Panda : helping cubs return to the wild

by Thimmesh, Catherine, author.


by Awa, Solomon, 1959- author.

Hermit crabs

by Stevens, Kathryn.

Mountain goats

by Borgert-Spaniol, Megan, 1989- author.


by Schuh, Mari C., 1975- author.


by Schuh, Mari C., 1975- author.

Kings of the skies

by Rissman, Rebecca, author.

Kings of the deserts

by Amstutz, Lisa J., author.

My first book of lacrosse

by Bugler, Beth, author.

Snails are just my speed!

by McCloskey, Kevin, author, illustrator.

Otis & Will discover the deep : Barton, Beebe, and the dive of the Bathysphere

by Rosenstock, Barb, author.

The brilliant deep : rebuilding the world's coral reefs : the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation

by Messner, Kate, author.

Something's fishy : a Toon book

by McCloskey, Kevin, author.

Trombone Shorty

by Andrews, Troy, author.

Sisters and champions : the story of Venus and Serena Williams

by Bryant, Howard, 1968- author.

Hawk rising

by Gianferrari, Maria, author.

Saving Fiona : the story of the world's most famous baby hippo

by Maynard, Thane, author.

It's a narwhal!

by Schuh, Mari C., 1975- author.

Inky's amazing escape : how a very smart octopus found his way home

by Montgomery, Sy, author.

The hen who sailed around the world : a true story

by Soudée, Guirec, author.



Good Morning Farm

by Catherine Nichols