I always tried to mix books for Smarty – some works of fiction, some books about “real world”. I wanted to share my favorite non-fiction authors that I “met” in my library travels.
The first one is Byron Barton. We read a lot of his books when Smarty was under 2 years old. His stories are very simple, the drawing style is appealing to very young children, and the text is rather repetitive – something that my baby and young toddler appreciated. Unfortunately, at her ripe old age of almost 3 Smarty lost interest. We took a couple of his books from the library for our airplane topic, and she didn’t want to read any of them more than once.
Another author that I really like is Anne Rockwell. I would say that her books are perfect for 3-4 year olds. The book that we are reading now is called First Comes Spring (unfortunately, Amazon didn’t have its cover image). The stories have a little bit of fantasy in them (for example, this book of seasons has bears instead of people), but the illustrations are more detailed, and the books give a good overview of the topic that they cover – preschool, seasons, planes, etc. Smarty always enjoyed her books, and I am always looking at her section when we go to the library.
The third author of non-fiction that I encountered is Gail Gibbons. Her books are better suited for older children (at least the ones that we read so far). Smarty liked some of them better than others. For example, she really liked this one about whales, even though most of the text was way over her comprehension level. I enjoy her books though, because they have good illustrations and interesting information. I learned a lot of things about whales that I never knew before. I am sure that we will check out this and other books by Gail Gibbons many times over years.
What are your favorite non-fiction books for young children? What kind of non-fiction do they enjoy? Drop me a comment to share your experience with non-fiction literature.