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

Item Number: IDR2-FNFK-S1 | ISBN: 978-1-61003-970-3

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
Dive Into Reading: Want to Play? Paula Yoo
Eek! There’s a Mouse in the House Wong Herbert Yee
Field Trip to the Moon John Hare
Fox & Chick: The Party and Other Stories Sergio Ruzzier
Friendbots: Blink and Block Make a Wish Vicky Fang
Garden Day! Candace Ransom
I See a Cat Paul Meisel
Jazz Baby Carole Boston
Katie Woo Has the Flu Fran Manushkin
Let’s Fly a Kite, Dear Dragon! Marla Conn


Title Author
Baby Animals in Dens Martha E. H. Rustad
Buses Tessa Kenan
Dogs on Duty: Service Dogs Marie Brandle
Forest Babies: Skunk Kits Genevieve Nilsen
A Gorilla’s Nest Arthur Best
Shapes Douglas Bender
Sorting at the Market: Math Around Us Tracey Steffora
The Story of a Crayon: It Starts with Wax Robin Nelson
A Trip to the Recycling Center Sara Milner
We Make a Community Garden: Taking Civic Action Tana Hensley


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