Books for Independent Reading


Blaze and the Forest Fire: Billy and Blaze Spread the Alarm
by C. W. Anderson
Macmillan 1992 (48p)
Billy and his pony Blaze ride over dangerous trails to alert people to a fire.
The Big Storm
by Rhea Tregebov
Hyperion 1993 (32p)
On the day of the big storm, Jeannette forgets about her cat, Kitty Doyle.
by Leonard Everett Fisher
Macmillan 1994 (32p)
People of a small village in Holland rebuild after a major storm.
V for Vanishing: An Alphabet of Endangered Animals
by Patricia Mullins
Harper 1994 (32p)
Endangered animals are presented with their Latin names and native regions.
The Great Shaking
by Jo Carson
Orchard 1994 (32p)
The Missouri earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 are described by a bear.
The Molasses Flood
by Blair Lent
Houghton 1992 (32p)
A wave of molasses takes Charlie Muldoon and his house on a ride through the streets of Boston.


Time of Wonder
by Robert McCloskey
Viking 1957; Puffin 1989 paper
In this classic, a storm builds off the coast of a Maine island.
Fighting Fires
by Susan Kuklin
Bradbury 1993 (32p)
A photo essay showing the New York City Fire Department at work.
Henry the Sailor Cat
by Mary Calhoun
Morrow 1994 (40p)
That intrepid Siamese cat Henry saves the day when a storm comes up at sea.
Shipwrecks: A 3-Dimensional Exploration
by David Hawcock
(Social Studies)
Harper 1993 (24p)
A seventeenth-century Spanish galleon and theTitanic are shown in their original states and as they were found after they sank.
Flying Firefighters
by Gary Hines
(Social Studies)
Clarion 1993 (32p)
The crew of Copter 517 fights a forest fire from the air.
by Gail Gibbons
Clarion 1993 (32p)
Explains how emergencies are handled on land and sea.
Crossing the New Bridge
by Emily Arnold McCully
Putnam 1994 (32p)
The happiest person in town must be first to cross the New Bridge, or disaster will strike.


Clouds of Terror
by Catherine A. Welch
Carolrhoda 1994 (56p) paper
Life in southwestern Minnesota is disrupted by plagues of grasshoppers in the 1870s.
They Survived Mount St. Helens
by Megan Stine
(Social Studies)
Random 1994 (96p) paper
The story of Washington's volcanic disaster and the people who survived it.
All About Mountains and Volcanoes
by Elizabeth Marcus
Troll 1984 (32p)
Well-illustrated, factual information. Available in Spanish asMontañas y volcanes.
Terror in the Towers: Amazing Stories from the World Trade Center Disaster
by Adrian Kerson
(Social Studies)
Bullseye 1993 (96p) paper
True accounts of the World Trade Center bombing, told by those who were there -- from kindergartners to rescue workers.
Smoky Night
by Eve Bunting
Harcourt 1994 (32p)
When Daniel and his mother must leave their home because of a fire, Daniel worries about his cat.
Lost in the Storm
by Carol Carrick
Clarion 1979 (32p) also paper
After a violent storm, Christopher fears his dog may be lost forever.
Danger -- Icebergs!
by Roma Gans
Harper 1987 (32p)
Explains how icebergs are formed and the methods used to find them before they cause disasters.
Survive! Could You?
by Judy Donnelly and Sydelle Kramer
Random 1993 (96p) paper
How to survive earthquakes, quicksand, tidal waves, and other disasters.
by Stephen Kramer
Carolrhoda 1991 (48p)
What causes snow slides and how they can be prevented.
Fire! Fire!
by Gail Gibbons
Harper 1984 (40p) also paper
Discusses all types of fires and firefighting methods.
If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
by Ellen Levine
(Social Studies)
Scholastic 1992 (64p)
The events of April 18, 1906, as seen from a child's perspective.
by Franklyn M. Branley
Harper 1990 (32p) also paper
The author describes what earthquakes are and how they occur.
Oil Spill!
by Melvin Berger
(Social Studies)
Harper 1994 (32p)
Explains how oil spills occur and the damage they do, focusing on the Exxon Valdez disaster.
The Story of the Chicago Fire
by R. Conrad Stine
(Social Studies)
Childrens 1982 (32p)
Eyewitness accounts of the Chicago fire of 1871.


Young Indiana Jones and theTitanic Adventure
by Les Martin
Random 1993 (128p) paper
Young Indy may be traveling first class to disaster.
Finding theTitanic
by Robert Ballard
Madison 1993 (48p)
Ballard describes how he found the Titanic in 1985, 12,000 feet below the sea.
Forest Fire
by Christopher Lampton
Millbrook 1991 (64p)
The causes of forest fires and the techniques used to fight them.
Air Disasters
by Roger Coote
Thomson 1993 (48p)
Air disasters and what causes them.
The Story of the Triangle Factory Fire
by Zachary Kent
(Social Studies)
Childrens 1989 (32p)
The story of a factory fire in which over one hundred workers perished.
by Jenny Wood
Puffin 1990 (32p)
Basic information on these dangerous formations. Available in Spanish as Los icebergs.
by Jenny Wood
Puffin 1990 (32p)
Information on what causes volcanoes to erupt. Available in Spanish asLos volcanes.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

The Blizzard of 1896
by E. J. Bird
Carolrhoda 1990 (72p)
Tall tales about amazing things that happened during this blizzard.
Polar theTitanic Bear
by Daisy Corning Stone Spedden
Little 1994 (64p)
A toy bear relates his experiences aboard theTitanic and his reunion with his owner.
Tikvah Means Hope
by Patricia Polacco
Doubleday 1994 (40p)
A neighborhood near Oakland is devastated when fires ravage the community during Sukkoth.