Read for Success Book Collection 2

Explore social issues, new ideas, and historic events with developmentally appropriate stories and characters. Features fiction and nonfiction titles with multicultural, STEAM-aligned content.
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Written by Caitlin O'Connell

Liza is a baby elephant born in the Namibian desert. Travel with Liza and her family as they search for food and water. The stunning photographs will make you feel like part of the herd.

2nd - 4th

Written by Monica Edinger

Magulu is only nine years old when she is taken by slave traders and brought to the Americas. She...

Written by Cynthia Chin-Lee

This book introduces an alphabet of 26 amazing male artists, explorers, athletes, and activists who...

3rd - 6th

Written by Clotilde Perrin

Readers will visit different time zones to see what’s happening at the same moment around the...

K - 3rd

Written by Michelle Markel

This book tells the exciting, true story of Clara Lemlich, a brave young woman who stood up for the...

K - 3rd

Written by Isabel Hill

Take an architectural tour of some of New York City’s most interesting buildings. In this...

K - 3rd

Written by Kelly Bingham

Moose loves shapes. In fact, he loves them so much, he has trouble letting the narrator tell the story! A great lesson in geometrtric figures but also patience and friendship.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Jacqueline Woodson

When a strange new girl comes to her school, Chloe and her friends don't play or talk with her....

K - 3rd

Written by Judy Sierra

Old MacDonald is tired of mowing his yard. He brings in a smart hen that helps him turn his piece...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Paul B. Janeczko

This collection of poems moves the reader through the seasons. Each poem describes an element that...

1st - 4th

Written by Edward Einhorn

Mr. Factor loves fractions! When a prized fraction up for auction goes missing, it is up to Mr....

2nd - 5th

Written by Brenda Z. Guiberson

There are many different types of frogs around the world, each with its own unique “song.” Explore their habitats and learn what these frogs need to survive in our ever-changing world.

Pre-K - 4th

Written by Jason Chin

A simple look at the concept of gravity through the use of children's toys and a “what if”...

K - 3rd

Written by John Coy

What can you do with a bunch of rowdy college boys in the winter when it’s cold outside? John...

2nd - 6th

Written by Kelly Starling Lyons

Written to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation, this is the story of a little girl, her...

1st - 3rd

Written by JaNay Brown-Wood

Imani is teased by the other children in her tribe for being so small. With the love and...

1st - 4th

Written by Jill Robinson and Marc Bekhoff

Jasper is a moon bear, kept in a small cage by bear farmers who plan to sell his bile for profit. This is the tale of Jasper’s rescue and the team of caregivers who helped nurse him back to health.

1st - 4th

Written by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly

After an accident in which he is separated from his mother, Jimmy is rescued and taken to Koala Hospital. While at the hospital, Jimmy learns skills that will help him live on his own in the wild.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Dreaming of continuing the tradition that has been a part of her family for generations, a young girl finds a way to make her dress “sing” so she can jingle dance at powwow.

Pre-K - 5th

Written by Lola M. Schaefer

From 1 spider to 1,000 seahorses, the author uses clues from animals’ lives to come up with amazing facts and figures you wouldn’t normally find in a book or on the internet.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Anna McQuinn

After reading a book of garden poems, Lola is inspired to plant her own flower garden. Join Lola as...

Pre-K - K

Written by Claire Rudolf Murphy

It’s 1896, and women in America don’t have the right to vote in elections. Follow along with one brave young girl as she fights for equal rights with her friends, family, and Susan B. Anthony.

1st - 5th

Written by Brian Floca

A look back at the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. This nonfiction book takes the reader on the eight-day journey from lift-off to man's first steps on the Moon and then back home to Earth.

Pre-K - 5th

Written by Marie Bradby

The is a fictionalized story of the life of young Booker T. Washington. When his mother presents...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Darlyne Murawski and Nancy Honovich

A beautiful look into the world of bugs. This informational text provides bug profiles and a "did...

2nd - 5th

Written by Jennifer Berne

Curious about the mysteries of the world, young Albert is full of questions. This picture book...

1st - 4th

Written by Alison Jay

A wordless text that illlustrates the many treasures to be found along the shore. Join two children as they explore the beach and see what a storm might bring in from the deep, blue sea.

Pre-K - 1st

Written by Candace Fleming

While on a fishing trip, Papa gets the idea to invent an underwater vessel. As he works on his...

K - 3rd

Written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

Long ago, Puerto Rican parrots raised their young, hunted for food, and made nesting holes in the...

3rd - 6th

Written by Monica Brown

Pelé goes from playing soccer for fun with his father and friends to being the King of Soccer. He...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Helen Hancocks

Three hungry cats have a foolproof plan for a fishy feast—all they need is a penguin to do the...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Claire A. Nivola

A Kenyan woman fights to save her country, one tree at a time. This is the story of Wangari...

K - 3rd

Written by James & Joseph Bruchac

Rabbit is impatient. He wants things when he wants things and right now he wants to see some snow!...

Pre-K - K

Written by Margot Theis Raven

Rags was just a stray mutt—until the day he met Private James Donovan and found not only a home,...

2nd - 5th

Written by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. These two pen pals realize that their lives...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Donald F. Montileaux

In this Lakota legend, a young warrior sets out on a search for food and instead discovers a...

1st - 4th

Written by Deborah Heiligman

Math in the morning, math in the afternoon, math at night—Paul loved math! He thought about it...

K - 3rd

Written by Crystal Hubbard

This book tells the true story of Jimmy Winkfield, the last black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby....

1st - 4th

Written by Seno Laura Kutner and Suzanne Slade

A Guatemalan village is overrun with trash. A young student named Fernando and his teacher come up...

1st - 7th

Written by Isabel Hill

Take an architectural tour of some of New York City’s most interesting buildings. Discover the animals and other features hidden in plain sight on buildings throughout New York City.

K - 3rd

Written by Laura Purdie Salas

What can water be? This book's carefully crafted poetry is matched perfectly by the whimsical...

K - 2nd

Written by Lauren Stringer

Composer Igor Stravinsky and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky teamed up to create an original work called The...

Pre-K - 3rd