True stories sometimes have just as much emotion and drama as fiction.
Take the case of Stubby The War Dog. A Boston Terrier adopted by an American soldier in 1917 and smuggled onto the troop ship headed for France, Stubby stuck by his man when the bullets were flying. He gained military honors, met two Presidents, and his stuffed body is in the Smithsonian Institution. It's a great book for dog lovers and children interested in WWI. Young history buffs will also be interested in What Was Pompeii? It describes the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried Pompeii is 79 A.D., killing thousands and preserving the city's contents as a time capsule for later generations to study.
The Kids Nonfiction list always includes a good variety of subject matter and great books for young readers. (Where else would you find a book like Zombies And Forces And Motion, which describes Newton's Laws by how they affect zombies.) There are craft projects, nature books, biographies, and a mix of educational and entertaining reads. So check it out!