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Fantastic non-fiction books for 9-11 year olds

Genre: Adventure, Art, Music, Non-fiction, Science, Sports, Technology
Age group: 9-11
Audience: Children, Families, Professionals
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This list is packed with brilliant books to help inspire 9-11 year olds to read more non-fiction. Including encyclopedias, art books, graphic histories and comic books, this book list has something for everyone whether you're reading in class or at home. For younger readers, take a look at our non-fiction book list for 6-8 year olds.

David Long Simon Tyler The World's Most Magnificent Machines

This is a fascinating read for any children interested in planes, trains and automobiles. It covers many impressive machines, from the Lunar Rover to Concorde, including interesting statistics, stylish illustrations and the human story behind each one.

Nicolas O'Neill Ruby Taylor Susan Hayes Music: A Fold-out Graphic History

In this bright and engaging concertina book, you can find out anything you would like to know about music, from the development of instruments to meeting some of the most successful composers and performers. The suggested playlist at the back of the book is a great way to bring the subject to life while you read!

Britta Teckentrup Thomas Harding The House by the Lake

This is a fantastic non-fiction picture book to use in class. Focusing on a house on the outskirts of Berlin, you can watch as history unfolds in Germany from the Holocaust to the modern day. It would make a great addition to a history project on WWII, or even a research project on how your own local area has changed over time.

Christopher Lloyd Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia: What We Know and What We Don’t

Curious minds will be spoilt for choice with this comprehensive encyclopedia, written in collaboration with over 100 experts in the fields of space, animals, brain science and more. This is a great resource for children to use for research, dip in and out of and even test their knowledge, with a quiz included at the end of each chapter.

Hanna Konola Art Masterclass with Vincent Van Gogh

Pairing non-fiction content with activities for children to try out themselves is a great recipe for success and a good thing to look out for when selecting non-fiction texts. This is a great example as budding artists can find out more about Van Gogh’s life and style, with space to experiment and practise their own technique based on what they have learned.

Christopher Nielsen Gill Arbuthnott Balloon to the Moon

This is an exciting read which counts down through the history of space exploration to the triumph of the moon landing. Bright, graphic illustrations and a variety of great facts will keep children engaged throughout.

Kieran Carroll Tom Fordyce My Greatest Football Team Ever

This interactive book allows football fans to build their perfect team while learning about players from around the world throughout history. This is a great non-fiction choice for reading as a small group or a family, with everyone sharing their opinions and making decisions together.

Rachel Brian The Worry (Less) Book

Not every non-fiction book is packed with facts, and this is a good example of the variety available. Children will find the comic book style easy and quick to read, helping them pick up the great tips and strategies for understanding and coping with their worries that are on offer.

David Long Studio Muti Amazing Treasures

Children can go on their own quest to find treasure in this wonderful book, which covers many valuable items, from artworks and ruins to natural wonders. The scope of topics included makes this a useful classroom resource to support a range of cross-curricular projects too!

Mary Hoffman Ros Asquith The Great Big Brain Book

The brain is important to everything about us, from our senses and memories to how we feel, and this book covers all of these topics in a fun and accessible way. The illustrations throughout are colourful and creative, making this a real joy to explore and learn from together.