Third Grade Kit

Lessons for Levels L–Q

The Literacy Footprints Third Grade Kit provides teachers with 62 different titles (6 copies of each) designed to support small-group literacy instruction. Authentic, original leveled text, lesson plans, and materials are designed to foster and expand students’ literacy processing skills. The Literacy Footprints Guided Reading System was developed by Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne and is a powerful part of a comprehensive literacy solution for today’s culturally diverse classrooms.

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Third Grade Kit Single Student


Includes 1 copy of each book


Third Grade Kit Single Student Includes:


Literacy Footprints is a Guided Reading system designed for classroom teachers, intervention, ELL, Special Education teachers, and support staff who are teaching children to read and write. Each of the guided reading kits contains sequenced, high-quality leveled texts in a variety of genres. Students will encounter traditional tales, realistic fiction, fantasy, and informational text. The lesson cards that accompany the books follow Jan Richardson’s Next Step lesson format (Richardson, 2009 and 2016). Each lesson includes word study and phonics instruction based on The Next Step Forward in Word Study (Dufresne and Richardson 2019). Each guided reading kit also includes component materials designed by Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne to consistently support teachers throughout the lessons.

Click the Level below to see the list of titles in this kit.

Kit Titles Per Level

Number of titles



L - Q

9 9 10 11 10 9

Level L

A New Dog

A Playdate with Tucker

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp

Alone at Home

City Cousin

Cricket the Dog

Henry’s Ghost / Bird Feathers

Ice Hockey

The Ice Rink

Level M

A New Leader for the Troop

Anna Helps Out



Mrs. Warren’s House / Bird Beaks

Saving the Baby Turtles

The Bedouin Boy

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Lion and the Hare, an Old Fable from Ancient China

Level N

Brer Rabbit and the Well

Curious Cats

Flight of the Spy Pigeon

Magnificent Manatees

Snow Cats

Stars and Constellations

The Big Rescue

The Rescue of Dindim the Penguin


William and the Train Ride

Level O

A Secret Message

All About Koalas

Expedition to the Moon

How Did You Hear That?

Landforms Around the World

Newborn Kits

Reuse and Recycle

The Dive

The Great Horned Owl Rescue


Yeh-Shen, a Chinese Cinderella Story

Level P

A Present for Granny / Bird Nests

A World of Spies

Anna’s Prize

Fishing for Jacks

How Magnets Work

Pearl Diving

School for Spies

The Mail

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Under the Sea

Level Q

Amphibians: Creatures of Land and Water

Dragon Eye

Flying Spies

How Coyote Brought Fire to the People

Paco Saves the Day

Rattlesnakes: The Snakes with the Noisy Tails

The Pink Pearl

Two Toes / Bird Feet


Lesson Cards

  • Accompany each book.
  • Our lesson plans are designed to support teachers in providing dynamic small-group instruction that engages students in reading, writing, and word study/phonics. Each component of the lesson supports students in developing strong reading, writing, and decoding skills, while building vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

Our Books

  • High-quality award-winning fiction and nonfiction books in a variety of genres
  • Rigorously sequenced and leveled to provide gradually increasing text complexity that builds reading proficiency
  • Supportive photography and illustrations
  • Characters and topics that reflect the diversity of our world

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