Living and Non-Living Things

These books support National Science Standards in Physical Science, Life Science and Science as Inquiry.

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? Susan Shea.  Blue Apple Books, 2011.
A beautifully designed interactive book showing how some things grow and “Others stay the way they’re made, Until they crack, or rust, or fade.”  Each double-page spread has a rhyming question, such as “if a duckling grows and becomes a duck, can a car grow and become…..”  (lift the gatefold) a truck?”  This is a great book for introducing living and non-living things.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Are You Living?  A Song About Living and Nonliving Things.  Laura Purdie Salas.  Picture Window Books, 2009.
Lyrics to the tune of “Are You Sleeping” help children remember the difference between living and nonliving things.  A link to hear the song is an added bonus when purchasing the book.  I have listened to it and it is well done.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

I Am a Living Thing. Bobbie Kalman.  Crabtree, 2008.
Great photos, simple text with new vocabulary in bold face explain how living things need air, sun, water and food.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Is It a Living Thing? Bobbie Kalman.  Crabtree, 2008.
Describes different types of living things, how living and non-living things work together as well as their differences and similarities.  Great photos.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



Is It Living or Nonliving? Rebecca Rissman.  Heineman, 2009.
Uses habitats from around the world and simple questions to determine whether something is living or nonliving. Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Living and Nonliving.  Angela Royston.  Heinemann, 2008.
Explains the characteristics of living and nonliving things.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


Living Things Need Water. Bobbie Kalman. Crabtree, 2008.
Simple sentences and great photos introduce how living things need water.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



Plants are Living Things.  Bobbie Kalman.  Crabtree, 2008.
An introduction to parts of a plant, how they grow, get food, etc.  Great Photos.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade


What Kind of Living Thing Is it? Bobbie Kalman.  Crabtree, 2010.
Focuses on how living things are grouped.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade



What’s Alive? Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld.  Collins, 1995.
Helps children differentiate between living and nonliving things with questions and answers, and comparing themselves to various things.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade
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