Here you will find a quality collection of how-to books for kids that students love.
These how-to books for kids fit well in you reader’s workshop instruction as students learn how to draft how-to stories and analyze how-to books.
Use this list of how-to books for kids as you guide your kindergarten to fifth-grade students in learning procedural and how-to writing.
How-To Books for Kids: Elementary
The following how-to books for kids work best for grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.
All You Need For a Snowman (Alice Schertle)
This children’s book takes you through the steps of building a snowman.
How To Be a Scientist (Steve Mould)
This cool book teaches kids how to think like a scientist by giving examples of procedural steps within an informational context.
How to Build an Insect (Roberta Gibson)
This fun how-to book teaches kids how to build their very own insect!
How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself (Robert Paul Smith)
Even learners who dislike reading will enjoy this fun book about learning how to do random things with ordinary objects.
This text certainly encourages children to relish independence through exploration.
How to Find an Elephant (Kate Banks)
This read provides examples of how to give tips and directions.
How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps (Nicola Winstanley)
An instruction manual-type plus humorous read that tells how to bath a non-cooperative cat.
How to Survive Anything (Rachel Buchholz)
Students learn how to conquer just about anything using this humorous and handy guidebook full of tips about tackling the challenges of life as an older kid.
This is one of one of the how-to books for kids that upper elementary and middle school learners enjoy.
How to Survive as a Firefly (Kristen Foote)
Full of fun facts, this illustrious book reveals how to survive as a firefly.
How to Survive as a Shark (Kristen Foote)
Bursting with fun facts, this non-fiction text about sharks entertains readers throughout as it illustrates to kids how to think and swim like a shark.
How to Take the Ache Out of Mistakes (Eric Braun, Kimberly Feltes Taylor, Steve Mark)
This humorous text offers advice to upper elementary and middle school-aged kids about how to cope with the frustrations and pains of making mistakes.
I Saw a Purple Cow, and 100 Other Recipes for Learning (Ann Cole)
A classic read full of learning recipes such as how to make rock creatures and how to make clothespin puppets, among various other hands-on, fun activities.
This list of how-to books for kids wouldn’t be complete with a few recipe books.
If You Want to Knit Some Mittens (Laura Purdie)
An informative read sprinkled with playful illustrations, this how-to book shares the steps necessary for making a pair of mittens.
If Your Monster Won’t Go To Bed (Denise Vega)
If your elementary students are dealing with a monster in their room that won’t go to bed, this instructional guide will provide them with the specific steps they need in order to finally get the monster to sleep.
The Kids’ Kitchen Take-Over (Sara Bonnett Stein)
This text features a collection of procedural and how-to activities, recipes, and projects best performed in the kitchen.
Make a Light Your Way! Inventing Gadgets to See in the Dark (Rachael L. Thomas)
This high-interest text gives young readers the confidence to make survival tools though teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving.
Make a Pack Your Way! Building Bags to Haul Your Gear (Elsie Olson)
This gem of a book encourages kids to work as a team to solve problems. They’ll learn how to make their own hauling gear.
Mossby’s Magic Carpet Handbook (Ilona Bray)
This handbook serves as a great example for procedural types of writing.
Plant! Cook! Eat!: A Children’s Cookbook (Joe Archer and Caroline Craig)
Use this cookbook to demonstrate examples of procedural writing pieces such as directions and kid-friendly recipes.
The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems (Paul B. Janeczko)
Your elementary students will love this humorous how-to book that talks about how to mix a pancake, walk on Mars, and lots more.
Ready Set Draw! Draw Comics (Nick Bruel)
Perfect for upper elementary kids, this book shows children how to make comics.
Steven Caney’s Playbook
This playbook contains various games, puzzles, and projects that encourage kids to follow directions step-by-step in order to complete tasks successfully.
Ten Steps to Flying Like a Superhero (Deb Pilluti)
This entertaining fiction text demonstrates a lesson on how to fly like a superhero.
When Your Llama Needs a Haircut (Susanna Leonard Hill)
Teach how-to writing to your elementary learners in a humorous way using this read aloud book about giving a llama a haircut.
How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps (Jennifer Larue Huget, Edward Koren)
This children’s book humorously details the steps for how to clean your room.
How to Lose All Your Friends (Nancy Carlson)
Using humor and lively illustrations, this book teaches elementary kids how not to behave.
How To Make Friends With a Ghost (Rebecca Green)
An amusing story about ghosts, this picture book offers simple steps for how to make friends with a kind ghost.
How-To Books for Kids: Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Find here an assortment of fun how-to books for kids who are in kindergarten and 1st grade.
Building a House (Byron Barton)
Step-by-step, this book describes the steps for building a house.
Caring for Your Lion (Tammi Sauer)
Use this mentor text to guide students as their create their own procedural writing pieces.
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant (Jan Thomas)
This text humorously shows how to decorate the Easter Bunny’s eggs.
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle (Chris Raschka)
Perfect for Kindergarten, this simple text takes readers on a journey of learning how to ride a bicycle.
Growing Vegetable Soup (Lois Ehlert)
In this picture book, readers learn the steps for making vegetable soup … all the way from planting seeds to putting the ingredients into the pot.
How to Babysit a Grandma (Jean Reagan)
Use this lovely book to teach kindergarteners how to be kind and loving towards their grandmothers.
How to Babysit a Grandpa (Jean Reagan)
Part of a how-to series, this procedural picture book teaches kids how to lovingly babysit their grandpa.
How to Bake a Cake (Anastasia Suen)
This step-by-step book is great for showing students an example of procedural writing.
How to Be a Cat (Nikki McClure)
This creative text teaches kids how to be a cat by demonstrating to them how to feast, clean, pounce, and stretch. The overall theme is about mastering life skills with the help of a grown-up.
How to Find a Fox (Nilah Magruder)
This fictional text tells a story about how to never give up.
How To Make a Pancake (Dave Max)
This simply-written mentor text, targeted to kindergarteners, details the steps for making pancakes.
How to Make Slime (Lori Shores)
Part of a hand-on science series, this fun project prompts kids to follow directions in order to complete the task at hand.
How to Read a Story (Kate Messner)
This clever book is yet another how-to writing example to show to students as they create their own procedural writing pieces.
How to Teach a Slug to Read (Susan Pearson)
Written in a unique comic-like fashion, this nicely-illustrated book takes the reader along the journey as a mother slug teaches her little one to read.
How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth (Michelle Robinson)
Engaging and humorous, this tale follows the story of a young girl as she attempts to wash a wooly mammoth. This books serves well as a procedural writing mentor text.
Pizza At Sally’s (Monica Wellington)
In this text, students follow along with the steps for how to make a pizza.
Worrying Too Much: Learning How to Manage Stress (Alyssa Krekelberg)
This books shows children how to manage stress.
Procedural How-To Books for Kids
The following high-interest how-to books for kids focus on procedural steps and sequencing.
101 Things to Do Before You Grow Up (Weldon Owen)
This fun book shows students how to live it up before life passes them by! This creative text is a celebration of fun, discovery, and childhood.
Charlie Needs a Cloak (Tomie dePaola)
The main character shows the reader how to make cloth from wool.
Fancy Nancy Tea Parties (Jane O’Connell)
This wonderful book details how to have the perfect tea-party … from how to serve refreshments, how to fold napkins, and everything in between.
It includes recipe cards for further procedural writing teaching moments.
How To (Julie Morstad)
This creative how-to book covers a variety of interesting topics such as how to wonder and how to be brave.
How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister (Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap)
This humorous picture book shares how to be a baby.
How to Raise Mom and Dad (Josh Lerman)
This entertaining book follows the story of a boy who, with the help of his sibling, learns how to cleverly get his way with his parents.
Kid’s Fun and Healthy Cookbook (Nicola Graimes)
Full of step-by-step photographs and instructions, this cookbook contains a variety of kid-friendly recipes.
The Pumpkin Book (Gail Gibbons)
This beautifully-illustrated non-fiction book shares the steps for drying pumpkin seeds and carving a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.
Snowballs (Lois Ehlert)
This lovely children’s book follows a group of children as they build a family out of snow.
Tool Book (Gail Gibbons)
Gail Gibbons shares how different tools such as saws, bolts, and hammers are used.
Wrapping Up: The Best How-To Books for Kids
Now you have a ready-supply of how-to books for kids to explore with students.
These how-to books for kids keep students engaged while still learning about important procedures.
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