Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


El tiempo y sus secretos (Weather and Its Secrets)
by Diane Costa de Beauregard and Catherine de Sairigné
Manipulate the pages of this interactive book to learn more about weather.
Fuego (Fire)
by John Satchwell
Learn how to avoid catastrophes involving fire.
El tren de navidad (The Christmas Train)
by Ivan Gantschev
A young girl's heroic efforts prevent a train wreck.


Montañas y volcanes (All About Mountains and Volcanoes)
by Elizabeth Marcus
Well-illustrated, factual information about mountains and volcanoes in various parts of the world.
El día que los pájaros cayeron del cielo (The Day the Birds Fell From the Sky)
by Gonzalo Canal Ramírez
When the inhabitants clean up their polluted town, the birds that had disappeared return.
Tormentas (Storms)
by Ecolección tierra viva
Learn what causes storms and why they are often dangerous.


Los icebergs (Icebergs)
by Jenny Wood
Factual information on the formation of icebergs and the dangers they present.
Los volcanes (Volcanoes)
by Jenny Wood
Factual linformation on what causes volcanoes to erupt.
Perdidas en la selva (Lost in the Rain Forest)
by Susana Martín
Because of an airplane accident, Emilia and her grandmother are lost in the forests of Argentina.
Los perros mágicos de los volcanes (The Magic Dogs of the Volcanoes)
by Manlio Argueta
Children's Book Press
In this El Salvadoran folktale, magic dogs living on volcanoes protect the people from danger. Text in English and Spanish.
Los volcanes (Volcanoes)
by Colin Walker
The force and dangers of volcanoes are explored.
Glaciares e icebergs (Glaciers and Icebergs)
by Jenny Markert
Details disasters that can result from glaciers and icebergs.


Diario de Zlata (Zlata's Diary)
by Zlata Filipovic
(Social Studies)
A young girl describes her last three years in Sarajevo as she and her family struggle to escape the devestation caused by the war in Bosnia.
Pompeya (Pompeii)
by Peter Connolly
(Social Studies)
Describes the excavation and reconstruction of the ancient city destroyed by a volcanic eruption.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Operación rescate (The Great Rescue Operation)
by Jean Van Leeuwen
Marvin, Raymond, and Fats, mice who live in Macy's, face danger when Fats wanders off and his friends must rescue him.

Books in English

(English Language Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


Powerful Waves
by D. M. Souza
Explains how tidal waves, also called “tsunamis,“ are formed.
Clouds of Terror
by Catherine A. Welch
Life in southwestern Minnesota is disrupted by plagues of grasshoppers in the 1870s.
by Gail Gibbons
(Social Studies)
Describes how emergencies are handled on land and sea and how emergency professionals are trained.


They Survived Mount St. Helens
by Megan Stine
(Social Studies)
Eyewitness accounts of the May 18, 1980, volcanic eruption.
The Story of the Chicago Fire
by R. Conrad Stein
(Social Studies)
Eyewitness accounts of the 1871 Chicago fire and the rebuilding of the city.
Head for the Hills
by Paul Robert Walker
On May 31, 1989, the people of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, had almost no warning when the dam above their town burst.
Survive! Could You?
by Judy Donnelly and Sydelle Kramer
How to survive earthquakes, quicksand, tidal waves, and other disasters.


The Disaster of the Hindenburg: The Last Flight of the Greatest Airship Ever Built
by Shelley Tanaka
(Social Studies)
A fourteen-year-old cabin boy relates the final moments of the Hindenburg.
The Titanic
by Deborah Kent
(Social Studies)
How the “unsinkable“ Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in one of the world's greatest disasters at sea.
by Howard and Margery Facklam
The causes of these often dangerous snow slides and how they can be prevented.
No Way Out
by Ivy Ruckman
A flash flood traps a group of hikers in a narrow canyon.
Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens
by Patricia Lauber
The chronicle of the explosion, the resulting devastation, and nature's remarkable, continuing recovery.
A Day in the Life of a Firefighter
by Betsy Smith
(Social Studies)
A firefighter's day is sometimes filled with life-or-death situations.

For Teacher Read Aloud

I Am Lavina Cummings
by Susan Lowell
(Social Studies)
A year in the life of the author's grandmother, who survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
The Great Flood Mystery
by Jane Curry
Mystery surrounds gold coins lost during the Johnstown flood.