Best Books for Students Grades K-3

Best Books for Students Grades K-3

By Nancy Ellwood, DK Editorial Director

There is nothing more magical than watching the excitement of a child who picks up a book and discovers something new with each turn of the page. The start of a young reader’s education is critically important, and teachers play a key role.

Here are my suggestions of DK books to include in your classroom library.


Did You Know? Bringing nature, science, history, and geography to life with 3-D digital illustrations, Did You Know? is a perfect first reference book for early elementary students.


DK findout! Ancient Rome Travel back to Ancient Rome and discover what life was like during the Roman Empire.



365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks Inspire young readers to look at LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways, with unique building ideas, imaginative play prompts, and fun games and challenges.


DK Readers L1: Jungle Animals Perfect for 3- to 5-year-olds learning to read, this Level 1 title contains short, simple sentences with an emphasis on frequently used words and bold, exciting photographs of jungle animals in their natural habitat.

DK Readers L1: Sea Otters Get a close-up look at the lives of sea otters and how they eat, play, groom, and live together.

DK Readers L2: Spaceships and Rockets Perfect for 5- to 7-year-olds beginning to read fluently with support, Level 2 titles contain carefully selected photographic images to complement the text, providing strong visual clues to build vocabulary and confidence. Readers learn all about the amazing world of spaceships and rockets in this title.

DK Readers L2: Amazing Bees From buzzing among the flowers to being a vital part of the earth's ecosystem, readers learn everything there is to know about bees.

DK Readers L2: Amazing Dogs Readers discover just how amazing dogs are—from our cuddly pets to lifesaving rescuers—in this fun and informative title.

DK Reader: Level 2: Wild Baby Animals Students can venture out into the worlds of monkeys, squirrels, bears, foxes and more as they play, learn, and explore in their natural habitats.



DK findout! Science Sure to inspire the next amazing science fair project, DK findout! Science breaks down what scientific concepts and how they work.

DK findout! Solar System Bring the planets down to earth with DK findout! Solar System.

DK findout! Volcanoes How hot does lava get? What exactly is a caldera? Are there volcanoes in space? Find out in DK findout! Volcanoes.

DK findout! Dinosaurs Students explore the prehistoric world to see what dinosaurs ate, where they lived, and why they died out.

DK findout! Animals Which animal sleeps the most? Who is the highest on the food chain? What is the difference between a mammal and an amphibian? Students can learn the answers to these questions and more!

Eye Wonder: Weather This updated and revised edition is the perfect introduction to the exciting world of weather. From rain, sun, and wind to hurricanes, snow storms, and twisters, this book also gives the facts about climate change, how we predict the weather, the differences in clouds, and why we have changing seasons.

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