Individualized Daily Reading Library: Essential Collection Fiction and Nonfiction, Grade 3

Item Number: IDR2-FNF3-S1 | ISBN: 978-1-68246-030-6

Give students daily opportunities to engage in wide reading through the Individualized Daily Reading (IDR) Library: Essential Collection. This 120-title collection is a high-quality addition to every classroom library, providing a wide range of books that inspire students to explore their interests, feed their imagination, and build knowledge as they read independently.

For educators implementing the Being a Reader comprehensive reading program, the IDR Essential Collection is an instructionally aligned and indispensable companion. The Essential Collection is strongly recommended with any purchase of Being a Reader.

Featuring many texts related to the topics, themes, genres, and text types in Being a Reader lessons, the Essential Collection offers further opportunities to extend the lessons, deepen understanding, expand background knowledge, and make text-to-text-connections.


120 books:

  • 60 fiction
  • 60 nonfiction

Texts for all readers:

  • 50 percent of books are on grade level
  • 25 percent are easier (1–1.5 grades below grade level)
  • 25 percent are challenging (1–1.5 grades above grade level)

Genres and topics include social studies, science, history, biography/memoir, nature, sports, animals, contemporary and historical fiction, mystery, humor, graphic novels, science fiction and fantasy.

Sample titles for this IDR collection (book titles subject to change):

Title Author
Block Party Gwendolyn Hooks
Dragon Masters: Saving the Sun Dragon Tracey West
Dyamonde Daniel: Halfway to Perfect Nikki Grimes
From the Bellybutton of the Moon/ Del Ombligo de la Luna Francisco X. Alarcon
How Tia Lola Learned to Teach Julia Alvarez
Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen Debbi Michiko Florence
Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet Zanib Mian
Stepping Stones Lucy Knisley
Superhero Harry: The Runaway Robot Rachel Ruiz
Weekends with Max and His Dad Linda Urban


Title Author
Caution: Turtles and Frogs Ahead! Joanne Mattern
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin Julia Finley Mosca
How Far Home? Animal Migrations Monika Davies
Journey of the Wildebeests Benjamin O. Samuelson
National Park Explorers: Everglades Sara Gilbert
Return to Yellowstone: Gray Wolf Comeback Tim Cooke
Soccer: Score with STEM! K. C. Kelley
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin Jen Bryant
Video Game Coding Janet Slingerland
Who Was Maria Tallchief? Catherine Gourley


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