Nonfiction Reading Suggestions for Middle School


Nonfiction books I recommend for middle school students. Click on a book cover for more information. Please note that some of these books are the Young Readers versions, rewritten specifically for this age group.

  • Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem

  • Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards))

  • Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

  • Back from the Brink: Saving Animals from Extinction

  • Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel

  • Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

  • Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History's Mysteries

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition

  • Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild

  • Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America

  • Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

  • Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII

  • The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

  • Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

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  • Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies

  • How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

  • I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)

  • I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

  • I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives