Fiction & Nonfiction Book Pairings

Let’s face it, kids often think that nonfiction is boring. Who wants to read about facts when there’s so much delicious fantasy to be devoured? Book pairing can be a great way to hook readers on nonfiction.

Fans of the ghoulish and strange, such as the Goosebumps series will love Kelly Milner Halls’ book Tales Of The Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist. The best part? Halls has written several other great nonfiction books that will entice even the most reluctant readers.

Do you know an animal lover? Someone who has enjoyed Laurie Halse Anderson’s Vet Volunteer series? A child who adores stories like Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo will also enjoy Animals In The House: A History of Pets And People by Sheila Keenan.

Other nonfiction for animal lovers include Dewey The Library Cat by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter and The Rhino with The Glue-On Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and their Patients by Lucy Spelman and Ted Mashima.

Do you know a fan of thrillers and mysteries such as The Mysterious Benedict Society or the Alex Rider series? Check out The Dark Game: True Spy Stories by Paul Janeczko.

Outdoor adventurers will find A Life In The Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts by Pamela S. Turner a good followup to Gary Paulsen’s books. If you’re looking for icy adventures, The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antartic Expedition by Caroline Alexander will provide that fix!


There are so many wonderful nonfiction titles for young history buffs. Anyone who has fallen in love with Anne Frank or Lois Lowry’s Number The Stars will also enjoy reading Carla Killough McClafferty’s book In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry.

It’s never too early to show kids that real life stories can be exciting and interesting!

Sydney Salter, author of MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS, JUNGLE CROSSING, and SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK, always devours stacks and stacks of nonfiction (for research and fun!) before writing a fictional story.

Sydney Salter