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Jun 29

Children's Summer Reading Suggestions: Nonfiction

Posted on June 29, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Teen Summer Reading Program Theme is imagine your story.
Summer reading returns to the York County Public Library in June! This year's theme is Imagine Your Story, in which we celebrate fairy tales, folk tales, fables, mythology, and more. With that in mind, our librarians have created lists of suggestions of some of our favorite books — both physical and digital — available for you to check out from York County Public Library. We will feature these lists here throughout the month of June.


Today we'll highlight favorites from our book suggestion lists that are nonfiction titles, which mean that everything that happens in them is real. Whether you want to learn about an animal, a country or a person's real-life journey, nonfiction has something for every interest. See our favorites below. 

  • The Moon's Time to Shine by Scott Emmons (for ages 0-5)
    Summary: The StoryBots introduce Earth's moon, and describe how it shines, why it has phases, and what is on its surface.
  • Learn About Seeds by Golriz Golkar (for ages 5-6) Martin Luther King, Jr. book cover
    Summary: This colorful title introduces readers to seeds and how they form. Learn about the science behind plant growth, follow step-by-step instructions to grow seeds in a jar, and much more!
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (for ages 5-7)
    Summary: Little Martin grew up in a family of preachers, so he thought he'd become a great preacher, too. One day, a friend invited him to play at his house. Martin was shocked when his mother wouldn't let him in because he was black. That day he realized there was something terribly unfair going on. Martin believed that no one should remain silent and accept something if it's wrong. And he promised himself that when he grew up he'd fight injustice with the most powerful weapon of all: words.
  • A Mammal is an Animal by Lizzy Rockwell (for ages 5-7) 
    Summary: What makes an animal a mammal? And what is not a mammal? Mammals have skeletons as deer have, breathe air in lungs as whales do, and are born alive as are calves. What is not a mammal? A ladybug has no skeleton, a fish breathes through gills and a bird hatches from an egg. Monkeys, dolphins, and elephants are mammals--and so are you and I! Mindful Me book cover
  • The History of Gaming by Heather E. Schwartz (for ages 8-9)
    Summary: In the 1970s Atari became the leader in home video gaming with the Atari 2600. But were they the first? And how did it evolve into the revolutionary games and systems of today? The answers to these questions and more are just a few pages away.
  • Mindful Me by Whitney Stewart (for ages 8-11)
    Summary: Sometimes kids lives can get busy and out of control, and worries can take over. When that happens, knowing how to pause and regain composure with mindfulness can help! This easily digestible guide introduces kids to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. With step-by-step instructions to over thirty breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises, readers will have an entire toolkit.
Links to full lists

Don't see something you like above? Never fear! We have plenty more wonderful books for you to check out. Click on the links below for more book lists. Click on the book cover in each pdf to request the book in our catalog.

Summer Reading Program Details
Registration for the 2020 Summer Reading Program at York County Public Library started June 8. This year, our Summer Reading Program will be exclusively online, using the Beanstack platform. All ages can log minutes spent reading, complete activities and earn badges. To earn prizes, reading minutes and activities must be logged between June 22 and July 31. For more information about the 2020 Summer Reading Program, visit our Summer Reading page.