Best Books for Students Grades 3-6

Best Books for Students Grades 3-6

By Nancy Ellwood, DK Editorial Director

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”—Benjamin Franklin.

Grades 3 to 6 have always been one of my favorite stages for young learners. It’s almost as if you can see the wheels moving in their heads. This is an excellent time to start them on the new and exciting topics, like coding and the maker movement. Here are some of my favorite books for this age group.



DK Workbooks: Computer Coding Created for children ages 6–9, this highly visual workbook builds basic programming skills using Python, a free computer coding program and language available for download.

DK Workbooks: Coding with Scratch Created for children ages 6–9, this highly visual workbook teaches Scratch, another free computer coding programming language.

Coding Games in Scratch With Coding Games in Scratch, kids can build single and multiplayer platform games, create puzzles and memory games, race through mazes, add animation, and more. Essential coding concepts are explained using visual samples, easy-to-follow instructions, and fun pixel art.




Children Just Like Me This is a brand-new edition of our bestselling--and classroom and library favorite—Children Just Like Me. This new edition profiles more than 40 kids from around the world who tell readers about what they learn in school, what they like to eat, what they love to do with their friends, and what it’s like to be a kid in their home town. With this brand new edition, children will learn about their peers from China, Mexico, South Africa, Israel, and more, through engaging photographs and wonderful stories.

True or False? True or False? is an dynamic, fun, and encyclopedic collection of amazing crazy facts that are unbelievable! Do centipedes always have 100 legs? Is the human body really 75 percent water? Will a swallowed appleseed lead to a tree in your stomach? You’ll have to read to find out!

It Can’t Be True! It Can't Be True! wows students with impressive facts about the world that are all impossible to believe: the moon is the size of Australia? A blue whale’s heart is as big as a car? That CAN’T be true! But it is! Read on to discover more.

SENSEational Illusions Packed with tricks and challenges, SENSEational Illusions lets kids put their senses to the test in ways they've never seen, heard, smelled, felt, or tasted before.


Children’s Illustrated Atlas Perfect for ages 8 to 12, this book features maps of the world that show each country in full-color detail. This new atlas is bursting with information, combining colorful icons with photographs representing key points about each country.


When on Earth? History comes alive when world events are shown using maps and timelines. When on Earth? has a unique and highly visual approach to world history, and will be a wonderful asset to your library.



Maker Lab Inspire students to build, invent, create, and discover with 28 awesome experiments and activities with Maker Lab. Super Cool Tech This cutting-edge guide explores how incredible new technologies are shaping the modern world and its future, from familiar smartwatches to intelligent, driverless cars.

The LEGO Ideas Book This book is all about inspiration! Readers use their own bricks to imagine and build the most creative and amazing things they can. The book is divided into six themed chapters—transportation, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure, and useful makes. Each chapter has basic templates for a few models, and plenty of images and tips to inspire builders.


How to Be Good at Math How to Be Good at Math uses an innovative visual approach to explain and define all the basic math concepts taught in schools for children aged 7 to 11.



DK Reader: Level 2: Star Wars: The Adventures of BB-8 Follow brave BB-8 as he gets caught in the battle to save the galaxy. Students will learn about the heroic Resistance and the sinister First Order. Meet BB-8's new friends, and see them join together to defeat evil!

DK Reader: Level 3: Emergency Rescue Perfect for 7- to 9-year-olds starting to read alone, this Level 3 title includes in-depth information about the heroic actions of first responders.

DK Reader: Level 3: Star Wars: Finn's Mission From the desert wastelands of Jakku to the jungles of D'Qar and the frozen mountains of the Starkiller, follow Finn as he bravely battles the First Order.



Eyewitness Explorer: Weather Watcher Encourage hands-on learning with 30 easy activities that help children observe, explore, and learn about the natural world.

101 Great Science Experiments Organized into 11 different science subjects, 101 Great Science Experiments includes experiments for almost any interest area. Photos and illustrations make each process clear and accessible.

How Machines Work: Zoo Break! Award-winning artist David Macaulay introduces readers to hilarious friends Sloth and Sengi as they use simple machines (and basic scientific concepts) to break out of the zoo.

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