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PRESCHOOL NONFICTION

How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh Alison Lim

Let's talk facts.

Preschool Nonfiction

by Erin Kelsey

 

Why do trees lose their leaves?  How much does an ant weigh?  Why do we brush our teeth?

 

These are just a few of the burning questions that may be on your preschooler’s mind.  You can build on that beautiful curiosity by introducing a bit of age-appropriate (and super fun) nonfiction onto your child’s bookshelf.

 

There’s never been a better time to do it.  There are loads of awesome nonfiction books for preschoolers these days.

 

Librarian Erin Kelsey drew on her 10+ years of experience in the book world to cultivate her list of top nonfiction books for preschoolers.  Her all-time favorites include books on topics as varied as sports and the weather, animals and math.  Whatever your child’s interest, there’s a great book here to get you started.

 

So dive right in.  The world is a fascinating place.  Your little one is eager to learn all about it.

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Scholastic Why Fly Guy Answers to Kids B

Why Fly Guy? Answers to Kids BIG Questions

by Tedd Arnold

Scholastic

 

MSRP:  $11.24

Mfr. Recommended Age:  5 – 7 Years

 

Why We Love It

Why do I have to brush my teeth? Why do elephants have trunks? Fly Guy and Buzz answer these and other questions with facts and silliness. Some topics accompanied by fun science experiments.

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How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh Alison Lim

How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh?

by Alison Limentani

Boxer Books

 

MSRP:  $16.95

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 – 5 Years

 

Why We Love It

Did you know ten ants weight the same as one ladybug? This book introduces the concepts of weight to a young child. Also a great counting book!

 

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Peachtree Publishers Pipsqueaks Slowpoke

Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers

by Melissa Stewart; illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

Peachtree Publishers

 

MSRP:  $16.95

Mfr. Recommended Age:  4 – 8 Years

 

Why We Love It

Delightful book showcases animal underdogs. Stewart explains how characteristics that may seem like weakness are actually strengths. Great animal book with a side of silly.

 

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My First Book of Football: A Rookie Book

by Sports Illustrated Kids

Sports Illustrated Kids

 

MSRP:  Typical retail $12

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 Years+

 

Why We Love It

Introduces football to young readers. Simple instructions and pictures (of real teams and players!) make the game easy to understand. Series includes soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball, and lacrosse.

 

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Running Press Kids Yoga Frog Nora Shalaw

Yoga Frog

by Nora Shalaway Carpenter; illustrated by Mark Chambers

Running Press Kids

 

MSRP:  $9.99

Mfr. Recommended Age: 

 

Why We Love It

Yoga frog demonstrates a series of poses to help him wake up and not feel grumpy! Pictures are simple and pose descriptions are clear.

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QEB Publishing Can You Tickle a Tiger's

Can You Tickle a Tiger's Tummy?

by Sue Nicholson; illustrated by Laliloma

QEB Publishing

 

MSRP:  $12.95

Mfr. Recommended Age: 

 

Why We Love It

Silly questions about animals! Each page answers a question and offers fun facts and jokes. We choose a few pages to read each night.

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Giraffes

by Laura Marsh

National Geographic Kids

 

MSRP:  $3.99

Mfr. Recommended Age:  4 – 6 Years

 

Why We Love It

A great way to dip your toes into nonfiction. Read the book or just look at pictures or pick out cool facts. National Geographic Level 1 series includes topics like pyramids, planets, polar bears, and weather.

 

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Lincoln Children's Books Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illustrated by Mariadiamantes

Lincoln Children's Books

 

MSRP:  $14.99 / $8.99

Mfr. Recommended Age: 

 

Why We Love It

Sweet illustrations are the backdrop for a simple and inspiring tale about the life of Amelia Earhart. Extra facts in back for more discussion!

 

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Lee & Low  Little Melba and Her Big Trom

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

by Katheryn Russell-Brown; illustrated by Frank Morrison

Lee & Low Books

 

MSRP:  $18.95

Mfr. Recommended Age:  6 – 11 Years

 

Why We Love It

Beautifully rhythmic storytelling. You can hear the jazz music playing as you read. Kids are introduced to a bit of history along the way. After reading, we look up jazz music videos to bring a book set in the past to life.

 

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Fly Guy Presents: Insects

(and all Fly Guy Presents in the series)

by Tedd Arnold

Scholastic

 

MSRP:  $3.99

Mfr. Recommended Age:  4 – 8 Years

 

Why We Love It

Fly Guy and Buzz take kids on a field trip to learn about insects. Great pictures, text, and silly jokes. Series includes books on dinosaurs, sharks, weather, space, and more!

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Penguin Random House There's No Place Li

There's No Place Like Space!

by Tish Rabe; illustrated by Aristides Ruiz

Penguin Random House

 

MSRP:  $9.99

Mfr. Recommended Age:  4 – 8 Years

 

Why We Love It

The Cat in the Hat has a knack for making learning fun and a little silly! Rhyming text makes for a fun read-a-long with great pictures and opportunities for learning. Skip sections or just talk about the pictures if that works better for younger readers.

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Candlewick Press Bird Builds a Nest Mart

Bird Builds a Nest

by Martin Jenkins; illustrated by Richard Jones

Candlewick Press

 

MSRP:  $16.99

Mfr. Recommended Age:  4 – 6 Years

 

Why We Love It

Part of the "A First Science Storybook" series. Introduces the concepts of force and gravity. Provides a parent introduction to help spark further discussion.

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Simon Spotlight My First Soccer Game Aly

My First Soccer Game

by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; photographs by Leyah Jensen

Simon Spotlight

 

MSRP:  $22.99 / $3.99

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 – 5 Years

 

Why We Love It

Part of the My First series on first experiences with different activities. Simple, easy-to-understand descriptions. Other stories feature karate, ballet, yoga, gymnastics, and swim lessons.

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Greenwillow Books Tap the Magic Tree Chr

Tap the Magic Tree

by Matheson, Christie

Greenwillow Books

 

MSRP:  $16.99

Mfr. Recommended Age:  4 – 8 Years

 

Why We Love It

Kids can tap and shake the tree to learn how a tree goes through the seasons. Bright illustrations with lots of interaction!

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