One of the most basic ideas that is expressed to teachers to increase their student's literacy is to meet their interests..... which works until you teach Science and Social Studies and most non fiction is cut and dry... aka boring.
I discovered this summer some of the very best REALISTIC fiction books to go along with my Social Studies topics. Check this great books out:
The best part about all of these books is that this entire series is INTERACTIVE! They are similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure books that I remember reading growing up. Totally awesome and attention grabbing!