27+ High Interest Nonfiction Websites For High School Student Readers

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Note: The following list is ever-growing. If you have any sites you think should be added, please suggest them in the comments below and I’ll update the list.

As public school teachers, we receive students in our classes who show up with varying degrees of interest in reading. Some of our students are passionate readers who will devour anything to set in front of them — from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak: The Graphic Novel. Other students arrive with an intense distaste for reading and a disposition that actively rejects any sort of reading. In my classes, one of my main goals is to find a way to encourage students who arrive in the later group to discover a love for (or at least a tolerance of) reading. The best way to do this is to find what those students love to read, which can best be done by finding works that are not intimidating and that are related to their interests.

For that reason, I encourage students to read magazine or website articles in my class during independent reading times if they prefer not to read a book. My students have discovered several websites that the love, which I’m recommending below, and I have researched websites that I will share to students when I discover a specific interest of theirs.


Baseball News – Collegiate baseball newspaper

Baseball America – Baseball America is the nation’s leading baseball resource, from the major and minor leagues, to prospects, draft, college and high school.


Basketball Insider – NBA insider information and breaking stories

Basketball Real GM – Focuses on the business side of basketball

Hoops Hype – NBA stories, team information, and NBA rumors

Board Games

Board Game News – What’s happening in the world of board games? Find out at boardgaming.com


Car and Driver – New Cars, 2019 and 2020 Car Reviews, Pictures, and News

Edmunds – New Cars, Used Cars, Car Reviews and Pricing


Cheer Daily – CheerDaily.com is the Leader in Cheer News and Information for the sport of cheerleading.

Cheer News Network – The world’s leader in cheerleading news.


The Pioneer Woman – Find easy recipes, tips for home design, shopping, entertainment and more.

Simply Recipes – A family cooking and food blog with hundreds of healthy, whole-food recipes for the home cook.

Taste of Home – Search recipes for your favorite desserts, appetizers, main dish recipes, and more. Find an array of easy recipes as well as home cooking tips.

Tasty – The official home of all things Tasty, the world’s largest food network. Search, watch, and cook every single Tasty recipe and video ever – all in one place!


Popular Mechanics – How Your World Works

Drag Racing

Drag Illustrated – Drag Illustrated Magazine – Drag Racing News, Opinion, Interviews, Photos, Videos and More

Drag Zine – Dragzine.com delivers the hard-hitting news and event coverage that hardcore drag racers crave. Updated daily, Dragzine keeps readers up-to-date on the rumors and news from NHRA, ADRL, NMCA, Outlaw, and Drag Radial events, in addition to videos, hardcore tech articles and interviews.


CNN Business – the latest business news

The Economist – World News, Economics, Politics, Business & Finance

MarketWatch – Stock market news and financial news

The Motley Fool – Stock investing and stock market research

The Street – Business news, market data, and stock analysis


Agriculture.com – Successful farming news and articles.

Figure Skating

Ice Network – Your home for figure skating and speed skating.

iFigure Skating – Your online Figure Skating resource. Latest updates, interesting articles and more from your favorite sport.


Bass Resource – Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide

Coastal Angler Magazine – Fishing Reports, Forecasts, Tips, News, Gear, Reviews

Sport Fishing Magazine – Saltwater Fishing, Boats, Saltwater Fishing Gear & Tips


Field and Stream – Hunting, Fishing & Survival Tips

Outdoor Life – Hunting, Fishing & Survival Tips

Mixed Martial Arts

MMA News – MMA News is your destination for news, results analysis and more from UFC, Bellator and the world of Mixed Martial Arts.


Rolling Stone – Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage


Rodeo News – Rodeo News magazine is the number one source for ipra, nlbra, high school, amateur, and youth rodeos internationally. Read online or subscribe for print.

World of Rodeo – Rodeo News, History, Information , Results and Schedules from around the World Of Rodeo


Atlas Obscura – Definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places. Travel tips, articles, strange facts and unique events.

Chemistry World – Chemistry, covered. Science news, research, reviews, features and opinions. Read Chemistry World to keep up with stories from across the chemical sciences.

National Geographic – Explore National Geographic. A world leader in geography, cartography and exploration.

Psychology Today – View the latest from the world of psychology: from behavioral research to practical guidance on relationships, mental health and addiction. Find help from our directory of therapists, psychologists and counselors.

Scientific American – Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

Space.com – Get the latest space exploration, innovation and astronomy news. Space.com celebrates humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier.


Skate Daily – Skateboarding’s #1 online news source

TransWorld SKATEboarding –  TWS is skateboarding’s authority, it speaks to today’s skateboarder and sets an influential, authentic and authoritative voice within skate media. With the largest reach in skateboarding, TWS unites a global community to promote and inspire positive growth and longevity of the sport.


Fastpitch News – Fastpitch News is your news source for NCAA College Softball news and Club Softball news and information.

Sports Stories

The Players’ Tribune – A sports media company that provides athletes with a platform to connect directly with their fans, in their own words.

Technology News

Ars Technica – Serving the Technologist for more than a decade. IT news, reviews, and analysis.

Futurism – Discover the latest science and technology news and videos on breakthroughs that are shaping the world of tomorrow with Futurism.

PC Mag – Get computer and Internet technology and industry news and in-depth analysis from pcmag.com.

Tech Crunch – TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.

Tech Spot – Tech Enthusiasts, Power Users, Gamers


10-4 Magazine – “We at 10-4 strive to publish a magazine that is informative, entertaining and useful to truckers. Our main audience is owner-operators, company drivers and small fleet owners, but our format and style appeals to “truck nuts” of all types.”

Driving Line – Driving Line accelerates automotive passion by providing a fresh angle of what fuels automotive enthusiasts. Our goal is to tell the untold stories from every corner of the car world.

Video Games

IGN – IGN is your site for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Wii-U, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PS Vita & iPhone games with expert reviews, news, previews, trailers, cheat codes, wiki guides and walkthroughs.

Game Zone – Get the latest video game news for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 (PS3), PC gaming, and more — stay on top of all your favorite games with GameZone.

Game Informer – Your source for the latest in video game news, reviews, previews, podcasts, and features.

Web Design

Smashing Magazine – Smashing Magazine is an online magazine for professional Web designers and developers, with a focus on useful techniques, best practices and valuable resources.

Web Designer Depot – Web Design Resources for Web Designers. We include Photoshop Tutorials, WordPress Plugins, and Web Development tools.

Note: The following list is ever-growing. If you have any sites you think should be added, please suggest them in the comments below and I’ll update the list.

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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