Wednesday, December 5, 2018

20 Great Expository Nonfiction Read Alouds

The following list includes some of my favorite expository nonfiction titles that are perfect for sharing in 10 minutes or less.
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011)

Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine and T.S. Spookytooth (Millbrook Press, 2013)

Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents by Lita Judge (Roaring Brook, 2014)

Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014)

Daylight Starlight Wildlife by Wendell Minor (Paulsen/Penguin Random House, 2015)

An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long (Chronicle, 2006)

Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson and Gennady Spirin (Holt, 2013)
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman and Isabel Greenberg (Greenwillow, 2017)

If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian and Barbara Hirsch Lember (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000)
Just One Bite by Lola M. Schaefer and Geoff Waring (Chronicle, 2010)
Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward and Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, 2014)
Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton (Candlewick, 2017)

Move! by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006)

Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell (Boyds Mills Press, 2014)

Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith and Wendy Anderson Halperin (Peachtree, 2011)

Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs by Melissa Stewart and Stephanie Laberis (Peachtree, 2018)

Rodent Rascals by Roxie Munro (Holiday House, 2018)

The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer (words & pictures, 2017)

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011)

With a Friend by Your Side by Barbara Kerley (National Geographic, 2015)


  1. Many of my favorites are here, Melissa!! Love Jennifer Ward's books! Mama Dug a Little Den is great too!

  2. Inspiring list with a few new titles I must check out! Thank you for your kind words, Maria- and thank you for including “Mama”, Melissa!

  3. Great list. New and well-loved titles. I'm inspired to check them all out again!

  4. Thanks for the list. Our school is focusing on science, and I´m adding the ones I don´t have to my buy list.