Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


El libro de las arenas movedizas (The Quicksand Book)
by Tomie de Paola
Explains what quicksand is and why sinking into it can lead to disaster.
La estación de los bomberos (The Fire Station)
by Robert Munsch
A boy and a girl hide in the back seat of a fire truck as it races to a fire.
Puedo ser bombero (I Can Be a Fire Fighter)
by Rebecca Hankin
(Social Studies)
A simple explanation of the training required to become a fire fighter.


El tren de Navidad (The Christmas Train)
by Ivan Gantschev
A girl's heroic efforts prevent a train wreck.
¿Les echaremos de menos? Especies en peligro de extinción (Will We Miss Them? Endangered Species)
by Alexandra Wright
The author, an eleven-year-old girl, provides a glimpse of endangered species.


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.
La deforestación tropical
by M. Bright
Learn why the tropical rain forests should be rescued from disaster.
Los volcanes (Volcanoes)
by Jenny Wood
Factual information on what causes volcanoes to erupt.
Icebergs (Icebergs)
by Jenny Wood
Factual information on the formation of icebergs and the dangers they present.
Glaciares y icebergs (Glaciers and Icebergs)
by Jenny Markert
Details disasters that could result from glaciers and icebergs.


Pompeya (Pompeii)
by Peter Connolly
Describes the excavation and reconstruction of the ancient city destroyed by a volcanic eruption.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Los perros mágicos de los volcanes (The Magic Dogs of the Volcanoes)
by Manlio Argueta
Children's Book Press
In this folktale, magic dogs that live on the volcanoes of El Salvador protect villagers from danger.

Books in English

(English Languange Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
by Ellen Levine
(Social Studies)
The events of April 18, 1906, as seen from a child's perspective.
The Great Shaking
by Jo Carson
The Missouri earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 are described by a bear.
The Molasses Flood
by Blair Lent
A wave of molasses takes Charlie Muldoon and house on a ride through the streets of Boston.


The Bravest Dog in the World: The True Story of Balto
by Natalie Standiford
A dog-sled team races against time to save a town from a deadly illness.
Fighting Fires
by Susan Kuklin
(Social Studies)
A photo essay showing the New York City Fire Department at work.
by Gail Gibbons
(Social Studies)
Explains how emergencies are handled on land and sea.


Anna, Grandpa, and the Big Storm
by Carla Stevens
A ride on the elevated train in the Great Blizzard of 1888 turns into an adventure for a young girl and her grandfather.
Ships and Shipwrecks
by Steve Blackman
Details of famous shipwrecks around the world and maps showing their locations.
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.
Spill! the Story of the Exxon Valdez
by Terry Carr
(Social Studies)
An account of one of the most devastating oil disasters in recent years.
The Magic School Bus® Blows Its Top: A Book About Volcanoes
by Joanna Cole
Ms. Frizzle and her class take another exciting trip aboard the Magic School Bus, this time to a volcano.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Clouds of Terror
by Catherine A. Welch
Life in southwestern Minnesota is disrupted by plagues of grasshoppers in the 1870s.
Dust for Dinner
by Ann Turner
(Social Studies)
Disaster strikes in the form of a dust storm that forces Jake and his family to flee Oklahoma for California during the Depression.