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Step 3: Reading on your Own

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Abe Lincoln's Hat

By: Martha Brenner
illustrated by: Donald Cook

Illus. in full color. Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents, started out in life as an absent-minded frontier lawyer. How did he nudge his memory? He stuck letters, court notes, contracts, and...

Amazing Armadillos

By: Jennifer McKerley
illustrated by: Paul Mirocha

Reading on your own Armadillos may look funny, move oh-so-slowly, and smell a little stinky but mostly they are extraordinary! For example, they can jump three feet in the air to scare away any predators...

Arthur and the School Pet

By: Marc Brown

During Christmas vacation week, D.W. volunteers to take the classroom pet gerbil, Speedy, home for the holidays. D.W. plans to teach him some new tricks to show her class, but soon learns that taking care...


Arthur in New York

By: Marc Brown

WHEN ARTHUR AND D.W. travel to New York City with their parents, they visit the Statue of Liberty, a museum, and they even see a Broadway show! But D.W. is most excited about visiting Mary Moo-Cow Palace...

Arthur Lost in the Museum

By: Marc Brown

During a class visit to the museum, Arthur needs to make a quick visit to the boys’ lavatory. But a wrong turn leads him into a diorama of life-size models of Pilgrims celebrating the first Thanksgiving...

Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy

By: Marc Brown

D.W. is jealous when her big brother Arthur loses a tooth and gets a visit from the Tooth Fairy.  Arthur explains that the Tooth Fairy comes only when you lose a tooth and put it under your pillow...


Arthur's Classroom Fib

By: Marc Brown

When Arthur and his classmates head back to school, they're asked to write about their summer vacation. But when Arthur hears the exciting things his friends have done, Arthur feels he must make up a better...

Arthur's Fire Drill

By: Marc Brown
illustrated by: the author

When D.W.'s  teacher announces that they will have a fire drill, D.W. is afraid the school is going to burn down! So Arthur gives her his fire fighter's hat, a whistle, and a few tips on fire...

Arthur's Lost Puppy

By: Marc Brown
illustrated by: the author

Arthur and D.W. take Baby Kate and Pal to the neighborhood street fair. But suddenly Baby Kate starts crying. Arthur sends D.W. to buy Kate an ice cream cone, and she carefully ties Pal's leash to a bench...


Arthur's Reading Race

By: Marc Brown

Arthur promises to buy ice cream for his little sister, D.W., if she can read ten words.  The twosome race to the park, where D.W. is quick to recognize signs such as ZOO, DON'T WALK, POLICE,...

Arthur's Reading Trick

By: Marc Brown

Will Arthur figure out D.W.’s reading trick?D.W. makes a bet with Arthur that she can teach Baby Kate how to read in a single afternoon. The loser of the bet has to change their little sister’s...

Babe Ruth Saves Baseball!

By: Frank Murphy
illustrated by: Richard Walz

Batter up! It’s 1919 and baseball is in trouble! All across the country, people are throwing down their bats, and giving up America’s national pastime. It’s up to Babe Ruth to win back...


Barack Obama: Out of Many, One

By: Shana Corey
Illustrated by: James Bernardin

A newly updated leveled reader about the first African American president of the United States, for children who are ready to read on their own.   A Step 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader about...

Baseball Ballerina

By: Kathryn Cristaldi

Illus. in full color. A shortstop in a tutu? Not if she can help it! Forced by her mother into taking ballet lessons, a die-hard tomboy discovers that there's team spirit at the barre as well as on the...

Beans Baker's Best Shot

By: Richard Torrey

When Beans hurts his leg in soccer practice right before the big championship game, his best friend Chester thinks it’s all his fault! Beans may not be able to play in the game, but he can still...


Richard Scarry's The Best Mistake Ever! and Other Stories

By: Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry

Illus. in full color. In this storybook, Scarry presents three humorous tales about happily resolved misunderstandings in the busy world of Lowly Worm and Huckle Cat.

The Bravest Dog Ever

By: Natalie Standiford
illustrated by: Donald Cook

It is one of the worst storms ever - the snow has not stopped for days and it is 30 degrees below zero. But somehow Balto must get through. He is the lead dog of his sled team. And he is carrying medicine...

Christopher Columbus

By: Stephen Krensky

Illus. in full color. Youngsters can celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus's fateful voyage with this dramatic, easy-to-read account of a pivotal moment in American history. "


Daisy Jane, Best-Ever Flower Girl

By: Megan McDonald
illustrated by: Claudine Gevry

Daisy Jane loves her favorite babysitter, Allie. So when Allie asks Daisy Jane to be her flower girl, the obvious answer is yes. When the big day arrives, Daisy Jane shows everyone that she is the best-ever...

Dinosaur Days

By: Joyce Milton

Illus. in full color. Difficult dinosaur names are simplified with phonics.

Dogerella

By: Maribeth Boelts
Illustrated by: Donald Wu

DOGERELLA SPENDS HER days scratching the fleas and fluffing the tails of her ungrateful stepdog mother and mean stepdog sisters. At night, she dreams of a home where she is loved. In a nearby castle lives...


Dolphins!

By: Sharon Bokoske

Illus. in full color. Chock-full of information about the most sensitive, intelligent, and friendly of large aquatic creatures, Dolphins! should fare swimmingly with kids who read about whales and sharks....

The Dragon's Scales

By: Sarah Albee

When a hot-tempered dragon seizes the local bridge, the people of Berryville are cut off from their supply of beloved strawberries until they can correctly answer three questions related to weight. The...

Eat My Dust! Henry Ford's First Race

By: Monical Kulling
illustrated by: Richard Walz

It’s 1901 and Henry Ford wants to build a car that everyone can own. But first he needs the money to produce it. How will he get it? He enters a car race, of course! Readers will love this fast-paced,...


Fairies! A True Story

By: Shirley Raye Redmond
illustrated by: Red Hansen

From the forest fairies of West Africa to the magical brownies of Scotland, people have told stories about fairies for a long, long time. In England, two little girls shocked the world when they claimed...

The First Thanksgiving

By: Hayward

Illus. in full color. The story of the Pilgrims is vividly retold in simple language for beginning readers.

Fox and Crow Are Not Friends

By: Melissa Wiley
illustrated by: Sebastien Braun

Fox and Crow can agree on two things: their love of cheese and loathing of each other. These cagey animals will do whatever they can to outwit their sworn enemy and claim sole possession of the prized...


Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner

By: Monica Kulling
illustrated by: Richard Walz

Francis Scott Key was a very busy man. He and his wife had 11 children. He was a lawyer and many people came to him for advice. But whenever he had a moment, he would jot down a line of poetry. He loved...

George Washington and the General's Dog

By: Frank Murphy
illustrated by: Richard Walz

Boom! Bang! Guns fire! Cannons roar! George Washington is fighting in the American Revolution. He sees a dog lost on the battlefield. Whose dog is it? How will it find its master? Early readers will...

Gorillas: Gentle Giants of the Forest

By: Joyce Milton
illustrated by: Bryn Barnard

What should you do if a gorilla charges right at you? Run away, climb a tree, or make a scary face? Find out the surprising answer and much more in this nonfiction book packed with amazing gorilla facts.  ...


The Great Tulip Trade

By: Beth Wagner Brust
illustrated by: Jenny Mattheson

Anna’s father gives her the most wonderful present for her birthday—eight beautiful tulips! But tulips in Holland in the 1600s are more precious than gold or jewels, and everyone who walks...

Gulliver in Lilliput

By: Lisa Findlay
illustrated by: Antonio Caparo

This simple retelling of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels focuses on the first voyage—Gulliver's time on the island of Lilliput. It is a great way to introduce newly independent readers to this...

How to Help the Earth-by the Lorax

By: Tish Rabe

The star of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss makes his Step into Reading debut in this rhymed reader that offers kids easy suggestions for going green! After explaining how the trash in a wastbasket ultimately ends...


Hungry, Hungry Sharks!

By: Joanna Cole

Did you know that there were sharks on earth even before dinosaurs? For more than twenty years, Hungry, Hungry Sharks! has been a staple nonfiction title in the Step into Reading line. Nothing is more...

The Incredible Dash (Disney/Pixar The Incredibles)

By: RH Disney

AFTER BEING FORCED to live normal human lives, the Incredibles have the chance to rediscover their superhuman abilities. But will these superheroes learn to work together as a family to defeat evil? Find...

Johnny Appleseed: My Story

By: David L. Harrison
illustrated by: Mike Wohnoutka

Johnny Appleseed was an important historical figure, well known for planting apple orchards across the new frontier. But he was also a master storyteller! In his own folksy voice, Johnny Appleseed tells...


Lewis and Clark

By: Shirley Raye Redmond
illustrated by: John Manders

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sends Lewis and Clark out west to explore. He tells them to make maps. He tells them to draw pictures and collect plants. Most importantly, he tells them to send presents!...

Listen Up!

By: Monica Kulling
iilustrated by: Richard Walz

IT'S 1876 AND THE whole country is celebrating the 100th birthday of the United States. The biggest party is in Philadelphia at the World's Fair, where the latest and greatest inventions are on display...

Little Lucy

By: Ilene Cooper
illustrated by: John Kanzler

Learn to read with Ilene Cooper's adorable beagle puppy, Lucy!Lucy likes to run. She likes to bark. She likes to chew and howl. But when Bobby and his family take her to a lake, she finds out there's one...


Little Witch Goes to School

By: Deborah Hautzig

Little Witch wants to go to school just like her friends, but her mother thinks she should stay home and learn from her witchy aunts. Mother Witch finally agrees to let Little Witch go, but only if she...

Little Witch Learns to Read

By: Deborah Hautzig
illustrated by: Sylvie Wickstrom

Guess who’s learning to read? Little Witch is—and she loves it. But Mother Witch won’t allow nice books about princesses and princes in the house! Little Witch resorts to using invisibility...

Little Witch's Big Night

By: Deborah Hautzig

Illus. in full color. Forced to stay at home on Halloween because she's been too good, Little Witch gives three trick-or-treaters high-flying broomstick rides.


The Missing Tooth

By: Joanna Cole

Illus. in full color. "Best friends Robby and Arlo dress alike and do most of the same things. However, their friendship is in jeopardy over a bet about who will lose the next tooth. Realistic, humorous...

Molly the Brave and Me

By: Jane O'Connor
illustrated by: Sheila Hamanaka

Illus. in full color. Beth wishes she were more like Molly, who doesn't mind if boys hide dead bugs in her desk, and who tells big kids to get lost if they tease her. "Beth is flattered when Molly...

Monster Bugs

By: Lucille Recht Penner

Best-selling simplifier of science Lucille Recht Penner unearths the truth about the water bug which sucks its victims' blood like a vampire, the assassin bug which turns its prey to mush with a special...


Monster Trucks!

By: Susan E. Goodman
Illustrated by: Michael Doolittle

Its tires are over five feet tall. It is as heavy as an elephant. And it can jump, race, and crush like a monster! It’s a monster truck! Whether racing over ramps, plowing through mud, or crushing...

Motorcycles!

By: Susan E. Goodman
Illustrated by: Michael Doolittle

WHETHER THEY'RE JUMPING barrels, zipping along the highway on a road trip, or tearing up the motocross track, motorcycles are the coolest things on two wheels! Choppers! authors Susan Goodman and Michael...

Norma Jean, Jumping Bean

By: Cole

Illus. in full color. "Kangaroo child Norma Jean loves to jump. The problem is that her jumping gets out of hand, causing accidents and some ruffled feelings among her friends, and Norma stops her...


The Nutcracker Ballet

By: Deborah Hautzig

Illus. in full color. In simple, clear language, children can follow the story of the Christmas ballet themselves, from the opening Christmas Eve party scene to the closing scene in which Marie and her...

Paddywack

By: Stephanie Spinner
Illustrated by: Daniel Howarth

Paddywack is a petite nine hands high, and every pony inch is packed full of spunk. It hasn’t been easy, but he now has his rider, Jane, well trained. He’ll trot. He’ll canter. He’ll...

Paul Bunyan: My Story

By: David L. Harrison
Illustrated by: John Kanzler

WHOOOOOEEEEE! THAT PAUL Bunyan sure knows how to tell a story. The mammouth, mythic lumberjack tells the tallest tales about growing up, making friends, and working in the great North Woods as the biggest,...


Pirate Mom

By: Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by: Stephen Gilpin

Yo ho ho! Pete loves pirates, but his mom thinks they are rude and messy. Then Pete and his mom go to see the Amazing Marco, and Marco hypnotizes Pete’s mom into thinking she’s a pirate!...

Pretty Penny Comes Up Short

By: Devon Kinch

When Pretty Penny learns that Doodle's Animal Farm is in need of donations, she knows it's up to her and pet pig, Iggy, to save the day! The pair quickly brainstorm a fundraiser—running their very...

Puss in Boots

By: Illustrated by Tim Bowers

Poor Puss. His lazy life at the mill has changed overnight. The miller’s son, Tom, is ready to abandon Puss in the woods. But Puss has a few ideas about his and Tom’s fate. He slips on a pair...


S-S-snakes!

By: Lucille Recht Penner
Illustrated by: Peter Barrett

Illus. in full color. A scintillating survey of sensational serpents, from blood-spewing West Indian boas to "flying" golden tree snakes.

Samantha the Snob

By: Kathryn Cristaldi
illustrated by: Denise Brunkus

Illus. in full color. Samantha wears a fur coat and a designer hat. She's got a limousine, an indoor pool, and a mom who looks like a movie star. What a snob! That's what the narrator of this story thinks....

Shining Star

By: Megan McDonald
illustrated by: Andréa Wallace

The news is forecasting lots of shooting stars for tonight. Star and her best friend Blister wait all day. They ride bikes. They paint pictures. But even after it gets dark, they don’t see a single...


Show me the Honey (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat)

By: Tish Rabe
illustrated by: Christopher Moroney

Where does honey come from? The Cat in the Hat knows that! It comes from bees, and what better way to learn about honey making than to visit inside a hive and see firsthand how it’s done? In this...

Sleeping Bootsie

By: Maribeth Boelts
illustrated by: Patricia Cantor

Scat! Scram! Stay out! That's all Bootsie the stray cat hears when she tries to find a place she can call home. But then she meets Meg, a laundry maid at the nearby castle, who knows that a pet is exactly...

The Stinky Giant

By: Ellen Weiss and Mel Friedman
illustrated by: Alessia Girasole

Pepper and Jake love herding sheep in the little valley where they live. But there's a problem— a big problem. Urk, a giant who lives on a nearby mountain, is big and stinky and doesn't care that...


Tentacles!

By: Shirley Raye Redmond
illustrated by: Bryn Barnard

For centuries, sailors have handed down stories of the giant squid. They say this mysterious monster of the deep chases ships and battles whales. They say it can weigh up to 1,000 pounds and that its eyes...

Trains!

By: Susan E. Goodman
illustrated by: Michael J. Doolittle

A Step 3 reader (Reading on Your Own) that introduces trains of all shapes and sizes doing what they do best: hauling freight, carrying passengers, and zooming at speeds close to 400 miles per hour! Readers...

The True Story of Pocahontas

By: Lucille Recht Penner

Illus. in full color. Filled with suspense, romance, and historical details, here's a very young biography of the Powhatan Indian princess who played a vital role in early Colonial and Native American...


Twisters!

By: Lucille Recht Penner
Illustrated by: Allen Garns

Reading on your own One moment, it is sunny and calm. The next moment, a whirling black funnel cloud touches down. Take cover! It’s a twister!This classic Step into Reading science title is brimming...

Whales: The Gentle Giants

By: Joyce Milton

Illus. in full color. "Milton understands what kids like about whales, and packs a considerable amount of information into the book. This easy-reader leaps with appeal."--Bulletin, Center for Children's...

Wild, Wild Wolves

By: Joyce Milton

Illus. in full color. A fascinating introduction to the world of wolves, one of nature's most enduring and misunderstood creatures. Wolf-pack behavior, body language, and the meaning of howls are all demystified...