Read for Success Book Collection 3

Explore a wide-range of cultures and topics—an African American Olympic high jumper, a Mexican muralist, a female pilot, and a hamster with a dream. Features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with STEAM-aligned content.
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Written by Deborah Underwood

A porcupine on a mission, Isabel wants a balloon at her graduation just like her classmates will...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Inga Moore

Two pigs go on a nature walk, returning to find their friends Bear and Mouse have inhabited and...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Sandra Jordan

This book tells the story of three artists who worked together to create the ballet Appalachian Spring. Take a behind-the-scenes look at how this ballet went from an idea to an American classic.

1st - 5th

Written by John Rocco

Using the blackout of 2003 as inspriation, the author follows a fictional family on a hot summer...

Pre-K - K

Written by Joseph Bruchac

By the late 1800s, American buffalo (bison) were nearly extinct. Drawing on Native Indian history, this book tells the story of how one man and his family worked to save the buffalo.

1st - 6th

Written by Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudette is a small cloud who wants to do big things. When a big storm blows her into an unknown...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Cynthia Chin-Lee

Learn about the amazing accomplishments of women from Amelia Earhart to Zora Neale Hurston.

3rd - 7th

Written by Harriet Peck Taylor

In this retelling of a Wasco Indian legend about the constellations, a curious coyote sets out to...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Duncan Tonatiuh

This book tells the story of Diego Rivera, one of the most famous painters of the 1900s. He painted the history and culture of Mexican people on murals across Mexico and throughout the world.

K - 4th

Written by Christy Hale

This book of concrete poetry introduces readers to famous buildings around the world designed by a diverse group of architects.

K - 3rd

Written by Susan Grigsby

This story connects Thomas Jefferson’s garden pea contest to a gardening contest in a classroom...

1st - 4th

Written by Julie Cummins

A beauty queen gets the itch to fly across the Atlantic. When her plane lands in the ocean, her...

1st - 3rd

Written by Andrea Beatty

Iggy Peck loves to build things and solve problems, sometimes out of the strangest materials. His teacher declares that she is not a fan of architecture. WIll Iggy be able to win her over?

K - 5th

Written by Don Tate

A former slave, Bill began drawing at the age of 83. His drawings were based upon his memories of rural life and the observations he made of the bustling urban life in Montgomery, Alabama.

1st - 6th

Written by Eva Moore

When a duck takes her ducklings for a walk, the last thing she expects is for them to fall down a storm drain! Read this true story of how a community worked together to rescue five trapped ducklings.

K - 2nd

Written by Devin Scillian

Seymour is an energetic hamster who thinks he has it all until Pearl the cat entices him with promises of a sunroom filled with goodies. He soon finds out that some things are too good to be true.

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

How do newborn animals spend their first day on the planet? Do they all have parental interaction?...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by J. Patrick Lewis

Two-hundred well-known and contemporary poems along with stunning pictures give the reader different kinds of insights into the world of animals--large and small.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young

This book traces how chocolate gets from the tropical rainforest and into our stomachs. You may be...

K - 3rd

Written by Steven Sellers Lapham and Eugene Walton

A slave and talented artisan, Philip Reid solves the problem of how to dismantle the Statue of Freedom so that it can be cast in bronze and set atop our nation's Capitol dome.

3rd - 6th

Written by Laurie Lawlor

At an early age, Rachel Carson developed a love of nature. Through tough economic times she took...

K - 5th

Written by Andrea Beatty

Rosie Revere is quiet by day but at night she is dreaming about creative inventions. When she gets a visit from her Aunt Rose, she is inspired to invent a contraption to fly. Will she be successful?

Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

A little girl discovers that shapes are all around her. They are part of the food she eats, games she plays, and objects in her room and around her town. Everywhere she looks, she sees shapes!

Pre-K - K

Written by Larry Verstraete

From Galileo and his theory on measurement to Rachel Carson and her environmental book Silent...

1st - 4th

Written by Dan Green

A fun, informative book with colorful pictures and interesting facts about rocks and minerals....

5th - 9th

Written by Sandra Markle

A rare look the endangered life of snow leopards in Pakistan. A mother leopard helps her newborn cubs learn life lessons of survival and what it will take to be able to go out on their own.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Kelly Starling Lyons

This book is about a young boy named Tosh who helps his aging grandmother remember the family history through stories and the tradition of making tea cakes.

K - 3rd

Written by Dawn Casey

In this anthology of folktales, readers will learn about how different cultures live in harmony...

K - 6th

Written by Steve Jenkins

Did you know that one out of every four living things on earth is a type of beetle? You can become...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

A boy in a drought-ravaged village in Africa wonders how things work. Teaching himself English from...

1st - 5th

Written by Samantha Vamos

Animals help the farm maiden cook up a special recipe. While the pot simmers, the friends dance and sing together. Readers can use the recipe at the end of the story to make a pot of arroz con leche.

K - 3rd

Written by Drew Dywalt

Duncan has a serious problem—his crayons have quit! Read each of the letters from the individual crayons to find out why all Duncan’s colors have run away. Do you thinik they will come home?

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Jennifer O'Connell

This true story tells of four divers who saved a humpback whale off the coast of San Francisco....

1st - 7th

Written by Allen Say

Yuriko does not like that other children are making fun of her name. A girl who used to love art...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Lela Nargi

In the morning Fred greets his dog and his cat, then travels to the top of his brownstone in...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Sam Zuppardi

George tries to escape his annoying younger siblings by creating a box to nowhere. While on his...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Diane de Ande

After finding her own patch of dirt to plant a garden, a young girl inspires her neighbors to...

K - 4th

Written by Rebekah Raye

What secrets lie within the small pools of water that appear during the spring and evaporate at...

1st - 7th

Written by Ann Malaspina

Meet Alice Coachman, whose parents think she needs to act more like a lady. Alice doesn’t give up...

1st - 4th

Written by Lisa Morlock

As Finn and her dog Skeeter venture through the woods, they discover which animals are close by from the various scat droppings left behind. Finn’s new boots take home the evidence!

1st - 4th

Written by Elizabeth Rusch

Volcano Rising, a differentiated text with a read-aloud portion, tells the story of how volcanoes...

1st - 4th