Chapter books are a great way to both entertain and educate young children. There are several fiction and nonfiction chapter book series that are designed to educate kids. They cover science, history, geography, vocabulary and more.
The following is a list of fiction and nonfiction educational chapter books that are appropriate for preschool and elementary school age children. I'll provide approximate ages for each series of books. Many of these book series have been around for a while, so they should be easy to find at your local library or to buy used.
Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus chapter books teach science in a longer format. They are appropriate for 4 and up. There are approximately 20 books in the series, covering volcanoes, bats, twisters, space, Australia, penguins, human bones, dinosaurs and more.
4 and up
Martha Speaks is a series of colorful chapter books that focus on teaching vocabulary. New vocabulary words are taught within the context of a story. These books may be a good introduction to chapter books for children who won’t read books without pictures. There are colorful pictures on most pages. These books are good for 4 and up.
Language Arts - Vocabulary
3.5 and up
American Girl Mysteries
American Girl Mysteries is a series of chapter books set in different time periods. Children will enjoy a mystery while learning about life in the past. Different books focus on different girls living during different times. For example, the Molly books are set during World War II. Children will learn about rationing and the experiences of children whose fathers return home affected by the war. Other books are set during the American Revolution, the polio epidemic in New York City and the Depression. The books are listed for ages 9 and up. But they can be read to younger children, if you can provide explanations about the historical environment. My 6 year old enjoys these books.
6 and up
Magic Tree House
These books follow the adventures of siblings Jack and Annie. The children find a magic tree house in the woods and use it to go to different historical time periods, meet famous people in history or to travel to faraway places, such as the Amazon Rain Forest. The books are appropriate for ages 4 and up. The Magic Tree House also has a series of nonfiction books called Research Guides.
4 and up
Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures
There are eight educational books in the Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventure series by Jeff Brown.
- The Mount Rushmore Calamity
- The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery
- The African Safari Discovery
- The Flying Chinese Wonders
- The Amazing Mexican Secret
- The Japanese Ninja Surprise
- The Intrepid Canadian Expedition
- The Australian Boomerang Bonanza
A ninth book, The US Capital Commotion, is available for preorder. These books teach geography and history.
Ages 4 and up
Who Was is a series of nonfiction biographies. These books are appropriate for ages 6 and up. The books feature politicians, inventors, scientists, artists, and entertainers.
6 and up
The non fiction Landmark Books series teaches about famous people and famous time periods. These books are good for ages 5 and up. Younger children will require an explanation of the surrounding historical events. Some titles are The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt,The American Revolution, Meet Martin Luther King, Jr., and Meet Thomas Jefferson.
5 and up
This is a series of fiction adventure stories that teach science. They follow the adventures of a boy named Andrew who goes everywhere from a dog's fur to the Ice Age. These books are a lot of fun and are appropriate for kindergarten and up.
5 and up