Energy: Reading for Grades 3-5

Literature Connections are a leading feature of all PLT materials, including our energy curriculum. Explore the reading recommendations below or download the full list.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Young Readers Edition by Bryan Mealer

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition
by Bryan Mealer 
A fourteen year old boy figures out how to bring power to his village by constructing a windmill from junkyard scraps. He figures out how to harness the wind for power, and becomes a hero to his village.
ISBN-10: 0803735111

Charged Up The Story of Electricity by Jacqui Bailey

Charged Up: The Story of Electricity
by Jacqui Bailey
This book helps young readers understand how electrical energy is stored and moved from power stations to homes.
ISBN-10: 140481129X

Earth-Friendly Energy by Gillian Gosman

Earth-Friendly Energy
by Gillian Gosman
This book will help students learn more about the present, and the future of green energy.
ISBN-10: 1448827639

Energy Island How one community harnessed the wind and changed their world by Allan Drummond

Energy Island
by Allan Drummond
A true story about people on an island in Denmark who are now almost entirely energy independent.  Learn how the citizens of this island were able to reduce their carbon emissions by 140% in 10 years!
ISBN-10: 0374321841

Have Fries – Will Travel by Linda K. Hempel

Have Fries – Will Travel
by Linda K. Hempel
This exciting tale chronicles the trip of an eco-rap singer and his biodiesel car as they make their way across the country to meet their Senator in Washington, DC.
ISBN-10: 0865715491 

Pass the Energy, Please by Barbara Shaw McKinney


Pass the Energy, Please
by Barbara Shaw McKinney
Find out how energy is passed from creature to creature. This story explains how the food chain connects herbivores, carnivores, insects and plants together, in a fun rhyming way.
ISBN-10: 158469002X

The Shocking Truth about Energy By Loreen Leedy

The Shocking Truth about Energy
by Loreen Leedy
This introduction to energy combines physical science and environmental science. Simple diagrams show different ways energy can be harnessed. The book also includes tips on how to use energy sensibly.
ISBN-10: 0823423883

Jackie Stallard

Jackie Stallard

Jackie is Director of Curriculum & Partnerships for Project Learning Tree.

Jackie Stallard

Jackie Stallard

Jackie is Director of Curriculum & Partnerships for Project Learning Tree.
Jackie Stallard

Jackie Stallard

Jackie is Director of Curriculum & Partnerships for Project Learning Tree.

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