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Recommended Books for Nonfiction Read-Alouds



Our Seasons – Grace Lin & Ranida McKneally

If You Decide to Go to the Moon; How To Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the Earth – Faith McNulty

Astronaut Handbook – Meghan McCarthy

The Five Senses – Adele Ciboul

Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar – Clare Jarrett

Growing Frogs – Vivian French

My Story of Life in a Pond – Steve Parker

In One Tidepool: Crabs, Snails and Salty Tails; In One Cattail: Turtles, Logs and Leaping Frogs; In One Flower: Butterflies, Ticks and a Few More Icks – Anthony D. Fredericks

Follow That Map - Scot Ritchie

Oh, Canada! - Per-Henrik Gurth

Snowy Sports – Ready,Set,Play! – Per-Henrik Gurth

The Snow Show – Carolyn Fisher

I Wonder Why (series) – Kingfisher

Should There Be Zoos? – Tony Stead

Owen and Mzee – Isabella Hatkoff (companion book to Mama? – Jeanette Winter)

The Scoop on Poop – Wayne Lynche

Extreme Animals – Nicola Davies

It’s Disgusting and We Ate It! – Food Facts from Around the World – James Solheim

The Island That Moved: How Shifting Forces Shape Our Earth – Meredith Hooper & Lucia deLeiris

All About My Brother – Sarah Peralta

Hurricanes Have Eyes But Can’t See – Melvin & Gilda Berger

This Is Your Life Cycle – Heather Lynne Miller

Tribal Alphabet Nan Richardson

How To Build Your Own Country – Valerie Worth


WHY? The best ever question and answer book about science, nature and the world around you – Catherine Ripley

How Big It It?; How Strong It It? – Ben Hillman

Are You a Spider?- Judy Allen (The Backyard books also available include Grasshopper, Ant, Bee, Dragonfly, Snail)

An Egg Is Quiet; A Seed Is Sleepy – Dianna Aston

I Wanna Iguana - Karen Orloff

The West Is Calling: Imagining British Columbia - Sarah N. Harvey, Leslie Buffam, & Dianna Bonder

Recommended Books for ZOOM IN (to nonfiction features)



A Closer Look - Mary McCarthy

Looking Closely at the... (series include Forest, Seashore, Pond, Desert) – Frank Serafini

Imagine You’re a Pirate … (series titles include Fairy, Knight, Mermaid, Princess, Astronaut) - Lucy & Meg Clibbon

See More Readers – Seymour Simon

EYE Know (series) - DK Publishing

Zoom or Re-Zoom - Istvan Banyai

The Top of the World: Climbing Mt. Everest – Steve Jenkins

Smart About Art (series includes Frieda Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas) - Grosset & Dunlap

Creepy Crawlies – Editors of Kingfisher


Looking Down – Steve Jenkins

My Map Book – Sara Fanelli

Take Two Books – published by the Wright Group

Recommended Books for Promoting DEEP THINKING Questions



Stella books – Marie-Louise Gay

Ask Me – Antje Damm

Where Does Pepper Come From? - Brigitte Raab

I Wonder Why: A Poem for Children – Connie Amarel

I Wonder Why – Lois Rock

I Wonder – Tana Hoban

I Wonder – Harriet Fishel

Why? - Lila Prap

Have You Ever Seen a Duck in a Raincoat? – Etta Kaner

The Philosopher’s Club – Christopher Phillips

The Kids’ Book of Questions – Gregory Stock

Philosophy for Kids: 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder About Everything! - David A. White (intermediate)

What? Where? Why? – Questions and Answers About Nature – Jim Bruce

If – Sara Perry

Biggest Ever Book of Questions and Answers – Ian James

How Come? Planet Earth – Kathy Wollard


Why? Everyday Questions About Science, Nature and the World Around You - Catherine Ripley (primary, intermediate)

Thinking Stories 1, 2 & 3 (Philosophical Inquiry for Children series) - Philip Cam (editor)

Recommended Books for Teaching MAIN IDEA (Determining Importance)



Up Close:Tails That Talk and Fly - Diane Swanson (also Up Close: Noses That Blow and Poke)

Animals Eat the Weirdest Things; Animals Can Be So Speedy; Animals Can Be So Sleepy - Diane Swanson

Extreme Readers (series) - School Specialty Publishing

World of Plants (series includes Why Do Plants Have Flowers? Where Do Plants Grow?) - Louise & Richard Spilsbury (Heinemann)

Poo - Nicola Davies

Extreme Animals - Nicola Davies

Animals Nobody Loves - Seymour Simon

How Big Is It? – Ben Hillman

How Strong Is It? - Ben Hillman

The Daily Disaster: Real Life Stories of 30 Amazing Disasters - Cormac O’Brien

Text on Two Levels (series includes Energy, Geography, Solar Power, Resources) (Stargazer Books)


Nonfiction Reading Practice (Evan-Moore Publishing): reproducible units with articles at three different reading levels; available in various grade levels.

Read and Understand Science (Evan Moore Publishing): reproducible articles for content area reading practice; available in various grade levels.

The Comprehension Toolkit: Primary and Intermediate - Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis

Recommended Books for Teaching CONNECT



In My Neighbourhood (series)Paulette Bourgeois

The Bare Naked Book – Kathy Stinson

What Is a Community? – Bobbie Kalman

You and Me Together, Moms and Dads and Kids Around the World – Barbara Kerley

Me and My Family Tree – Joan Sweeny

My Five Senses – Aliki

I Am a Living Thing – Bobbie Kalman

Me and My Amazing Body – Joan Sweeny

Our Seasons – Grace Lin

Four Seasons Make a Year – Anne Rockwell

Usborne Book of Peoples of the World – Anne Claybourne

Wake Up World! A Day in the Life of Children Around the World – Beatrice Hollyer

Canada from A-Z – Bobbie Kalman

Mysterious You (series)Diane Swanson & Trudee Romanek

Looking at Weather – David Suzuki

Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story – Neil Waldman

Weather FAQ’S – Valerie Wyatt (Frequently Asked Questions series)


I Wonder Why I Blink and Other Questions About My Body – Brigid Avison

Recommended Books for Teaching TRANSFORM



10 Things I Can Do to Help My World – Melanie Walsh

A Cool Drink of Water - Barbara Kerley

Polar Bear, Why is Your World Melting? - Robert E.Wells

Where the Forest Meets the Sea - Jeanette Baker

Where Once There Was a Wood – Denise Fleming

First the Egg – Laura Vaccaro Seeger

The Bizarre Body – Katharine Kenah

Weird and Wacky Plants – Katharine Kenah

Space Mysteries – Katharine Kenah

I Wonder Why There’s a Hole in the Sky and Other Questions About the Environment – Sean Callery (Kingfisher)

I Wonder Why Spiders Spin Webs and other questions about creepy crawlies – Amanda O’Neill (Kingfisher)

I Wonder Why the Dodo Is Dead and other questions about extinct and endangered animals – Andrew Charman (Kingfisher)

Our Home – Linda Glaser

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth – Rochelle Strauss

Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth - Rochelle Strauss

Most Loved in All the World – Tonya Cherie Hegamin

If the World Were a Village - David J. Smith

We - Alice Schertle

The Storm: Students of Biloxi, Mississippi Remember Hurricane Katrina - Barbara Barbieri McGrath

Earth Then and Now: Amazing Images of Our Changing World - Fred Pearce

Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World - Jane Breskin Zalben

Material World: A Global Family Portrait – Peter Menzel

Can We Save Them? Endangered Species of North America - David Dobson

Dear Children of the Earth – Schim Schimmel


A Little Peace - Barbara Kerley The Great Kapok Tree - Lynne Cherry

A Cool Drink of Water – Barbara Kerley What the Sea Saw - Stephanie St. Pierre

Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear – Nicola Davies

Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest; Actual Size; Biggest, Fastest, Strongest; Almost Gone; The Top of the World: Climbing Mt. Everest; I See a Kookaburra; What Do You Do When Someone Wants to Eat You? Slap, Squeak and Scatter: How Animals Communicate – Steve Jenkins

A.Gear, 2009

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