Read for Success Book Collection 4

Create a sense of community with books that explore themes of courage, self-expression, and the impact a single act or idea can have. Features fiction and nonfiction titles with multicultural, STEAM-aligned content.
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Written by Melanie Walsh

This book offers 10 ways kids can help take care of our planet. Discover how to reduce, reuse, and recycle and conserve energy through vibrant illustrations and simple ideas.

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Marilyn Singer

This book is a collection of poems about the moon as it’s seen around the world—and even from outer space!

2nd - 5th

Written by George Ella Lyon

This poetic story guides children through the water cycle. Where does water come from? Where does water go? Readers will discover how we all are connected by water.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Barbara H. Cole

Anna is determined to win the honor of laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia. A beautiful story of perseverance with a surprise twist at the end.

1st - 4th

Written by Melissa Sweet

This book tells the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer behind the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Readers will get a behind the scenes look at how Tony came up with his ingenious ideas.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Ken Mochizuki

For a young Japanese-American boy sent to an internment camp during World War II, baseball becomes a way to escape his unhappy surroundings.

K - 6th

Written by Ame Dyckman

A slight misunderstanding between two friends shows the difference between the needs of a boy and the needs of a robot. An endearing story for those with curious minds.

Pre-K - K

Written by Mo Willems

City Dog encounters Frog on a visit to the country. Through each season, they build upon their new...

Pre-K - K

Written by Laban Carrick Hill

Dave was more than a slave—he was a craftsman and a poet. He engraved his pottery with poems that give the reader insight into his life and the time in which he lived.

K - 4th

Written by Linda McReynolds

The author uses descriptive words and rhyme to recount the first trip to the moon by three brave astronauts. A great introduction to the mission of Apollo 11.

K - 3rd

Written by Tom Adams

Readers will explore how things move, friction, gravity, light, sound, magnetism, and electricity, among other key areas of physics through this hands-on, interactive, informational text.

3rd - 5th

Written by Stella Fry

All year long, Billy and his grandpa work on preparing the soil, planting seeds, and taking care of...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Margaret McNamara

Mr. Tiffin's classroom is studying pumpkins. Learn about skip-counting and estimation through the...

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Alma Flor Ada

A young girl spends her weekends with both her grandma and grandpa and her abuelita y abuelito. What could be better than a weekend with the grandparents?

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Giles LaRoche

This book explores typical houses from different time periods and different countries around the world. Readers will learn about architctural styles and geography.

1st - 4th

Written by Peter H. Reynolds

Ramon loves to draw until his brother criticizes his work. With the help of his younger sister, Marisol, he learns to see things in a different way.

K - 12th

Written by Steve Jenkins

What can happen in a second? A minute? An hour? Discover new and exciting ways to think about time while discovering interesting facts through this informative text.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Lee DeCora Francis

Kunu is from the Penobscot Tribe located on Indian Island in Maine. They have a deep tradition in...

2nd - 5th

Written by Greg Tang

A collection of famous paintings, each paired with a clever poem that offers practice with making groups and addition. Readers will become familiar with masterpieces while practicing math.

2nd - 5th

Written by Kathi Appelt

This book tells the story of Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States and a passionate believer in the importance of protecting America’s natural beauty.

2nd - 5th

Written by Catherine D. Hughes

An informational text with colorful pictures and fun facts about a variety of animals. It can be used to study animals and their habitats.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Gene Baretta

Many of the inventions we use today were actually dreamed up by Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago....

Pre-K - 4th

Written by Lynne Mayer

A boy and his dog discover how the laws of force and motion affect their everyday lives. An example of how some of the best learning takes place through play.

K - 3rd

Written by Reeve Lindbergh

Nobody Owns the Sky is the story of Bessie Coleman, a young African American woman who pursues her dreams of flying an airplane during the 1920s.

1st - 4th

Written by Nick Dowson

Follow a variety of Arctic animals as they migrate across thousands of miles to the north for the summer.

2nd - 5th

Written by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu

In 2004, the aftermath of the tsunami leaves a young hippo stranded at sea. This is the story of his rescue, his resiliency, and a unique friendship between a young hippo and a much older tortoise.

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Jean Marzollo

Pierre the penguin has lost his feathers! Pam, an aquatic biologist, comes up with a clever way to solve his problem and help Pierre feel more like the other penguins in his habitat.

K - 4th

Written by George Ella Lyon

Double vision is a challenge for Ginny, a young girl starting kindergarten. After some mishaps, she...

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Megan McCarthy

It's the 1920s and the Fleer Corporation is trying to create a new kind of gum, but they aren’t having much luck. Can a man named Walter who knows nothing about gum save the day?

Pre-K - 3rd

Written by Michael J. Caduto

When their favorite swimming hole is ruined, a group of curious kids work together to find the...

3rd - 7th

Written by Jen Cullerton Johnson

This is the story of Wangari Maathai, a naturalist who loved her country Kenya. After returning to...

2nd - 6th

Written by Margarita Engle

Maria is a youg girl fascinated by caterpillars and butterflies. She uses careful observation and...

K - 3rd

Written by Lizzy Rockwell

Learn all about the parts that make up our bodies—and how important it is to keep them busy. Readers will want to get up and move after reading this story!

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by Chris Barton

Two brothers work together to create a world of colors no one has ever see before. An interesting tale about how neon colors came into existence.

2nd - 5th

Written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

Scientist Dr. Sato helps the villagers of Hargigo find a way to harvest mangrove trees to feed themselves and their animals. This story answers the question "Can one man really make a difference?"

1st - 6th

Written by Rachel Rodriguez

From roaming the prairie as a young child with a sketch pad in her hand, to art school in the city,...

K - 3rd

Written by Laurie Krebs

This book uses playful rhymes and colorful illustrations to take readers on a journey through the...

K - 3rd

Written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

As they fix up their new house, Herbie and his sister discover how many things that we use every day were designed by black inventors. Individual biographies accompany each invention.

3rd - 7th

Written by Nicola Davies

Vibrant illustrations show the beginning stages of different animal life cycles. Readers will use clues in the text to guess what kind of animal will be found under the flap.

Pre-K - 2nd

Written by David Schwartz and Yael Schy

A mystery animal lurks behind each page. Readers will use the accompanying riddles to gather clues...

1st - 4th

Written by Kelly Bingham

While Zebra tries to get the letters of the alphabet in order an impatient moose stirs up trouble....

Pre-K - 2nd