Monday, June 6, 2016

Nonfiction Summer Reading Suggestions

I spent the weekend creating summer reading lists for K-5 students in my elementary school. While I was compiling this year's lists, I consulted a number of summer reading lists created by librarians, teachers, parents and organizations. I noticed that many summer reading lists shy away from nonfiction titles.

Here are some new nonfiction titles that kids will enjoy reading over the summer months.


Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton and Don Tate

Crossing Niagara by Matt Tavares

Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford


Flying Frogs and Walking Fish by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers by MK Reed and Joe Flood

Masters of Disguise: Amazing Animal Tricksters by Rebecca L. Johnson

The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen

Fun Facts

The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre and Kelly Murphy

National Geographic Kids: National Parks Guide U.S.A. (Centennial Edition)

Real or Fake?: Far-Out Fibs, Fishy Facts, and Phony Photos To Test for the Truth 
by Emily Krueger

Here's the coconut I received in the mail from National Geographic proving that it's true, you can mail a coconut.


  1. Such an interesting observation, that reading lists skew toward fiction. I wonder if librarians display nonfiction books in the library like they do fiction if they fly off the shelves just as quickly? I suspect they would, especially with gorgeous illustrations like in Secret Subway.

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