Sunday, March 23, 2014

Kindergarten Appropriate Nonfiction

As we enter the fourth nine weeks of kindergarten, I feel like my students are in a great place in reading.  I'm so proud of their progress and can't wait to see all they accomplish in this last nine week grading period.

Now that my kiddos are reading, I've been looking for ways to make them more independent in many different areas.  One area I'd like them to be more independent is in their "research" skill as we do projects.  It is very difficult for me to find time to work with each partnership/group to read their books with them.  I've been on a search for great nonfiction books that are appropriate for my early readers.

I checked some farm books out at our local library a couple weeks ago, and I am IN LOVE!  The books are from Jump and are called Bullfrog Books.  They come in Guided Reading Levels C-F.

Here are a couple screenshots from the website:

My kiddos are so proud that they are able to read them generally independently.  These books make my teacher heart smile because they have awesome photographs, and I even learned some new information from these books!  They have good nonfiction text features, but are still appropriate for early readers.

The only downside (for my budget anyway) is that they only come in hardback.  If I could afford them, I'd own all 10 sets! Each set includes 4-12 books depending on the set.  Sets include: Community Helpers, My First Animal Library, Insect World, Colors in Nature, What Happens in Fall?, Watching the Seasons,  Nature Walk, Machines at Work, Life Under the Sea and Animals on the Farm.

I've asked our local library to purchase more of the sets in this series to help cover other topics we focus on in kindergarten.  Check out the books using the links above and let me know what you think.

Where do you find nonfiction for your young readers?


  1. Thanks!! I will have to check these out and see what my principal thinks. I will keep my eye out for them at our local Half Price store. You never know what you might find :)
    Curious Firsties

    1. We don't have a Half Price books around me, but that sounds like a great place to look. I guess they are relatively new (I e-mailed the company to ask if they came in paperback).