5 favorite nonfiction books

Lots of great science books this year! I’d love to see any of these win a Robert F. Sibert award or honor for nonfiction.

Caves by Nell Cross Beckerman, illustrated by Kalen Chock

Published by Orchard Books

The author’s love of caves is evident from the poetic text and the illustrations may inspire readers to try spelunking.

The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey by Jason Chin

Published by Neal Porter Books

In this follow-up to Your Place in the Universe, Jason Chin goes microscopic to explore the tiniest particles that make up everything in the universe and how they combine to make each one of us unique.

Surviving the Wild series by Remy Lai

Published by Henry Holt and Co.

Each book in this series tells a true story of survival from an animal’s perspective. A perfect trifecta of cute and funny animals, graphic novel format, and important environmental information.

A Seed Grows by Antoinette Portis

Published by Neal Porter Books

A perfect early science resource that I’m already excited to share with preschoolers when they learn about seeds and plants next spring.

If the World Were 100 Animals by Miranda Smith, illustrated by Aaron Cushley

Published by Crown Books for Young Readers

This companion to If the World Were 100 People makes a great interactive read-aloud to share facts about animals in a way that has a big wow factor and is easy to understand.

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