Grade 1 Houghton Mifflin Reading


Theme 5: Home Sweet Home

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Recommended Leveled Books for Independent Reading

Below Level

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Betty Miles
Simon 1998 (32 p) also paper
Three bears return to find an unexpected visitor in their house in a simple retelling of a favorite tale.

Houses by Ann Morris
GoodYear 1996 (8 p)
Photos and text describe different kinds of houses.
Social Studies

Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin
Scholastic 1994 (32 p) also paper
Deer, bears, and other animals hurry home during a snowstorm.

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Putnam 1994 (32 p)
In a nearly wordless story, a gorilla and other animals follow their zookeeper home.

Footprints in the Sand by Cynthia Benjamin
Scholastic 1999 (32 p)
Desert animals leave footprints in the sand as they head for home.

The Best Nest by P. D. Eastman
Random 1968 (48 p)
After searching for a new home, Mr. and Mrs. Bird find that their own nest is best.

Bunny Bungalow by Cynthia Rylant
Harcourt 1999 (32 p)
A family of rabbits turn a bungalow into a cozy home.

Houses and Homes by Ann Morris
Lothrop 1992 (32 p) also paper
Photos and brief text describe houses found all over the world.
Social Studies

The Cow in the House by Harriet Ziefert
Viking 1997 (32 p) also paper
With help from some noisy animals, a man discovers his house is quieter than he thinks.

Mouse Finds a House by Karen Hoenecke
School Zone 1997 (8 p) paper
After inquiring about living with various animals, a mouse finds her own special home.

On Level

* Annabelle's Big Move by Carla Golembe
Houghton 1999 (32 p)
A dog named Annabelle adjusts when her family moves to a new home.

McDuff Moves In by Rosemary Wells
Hyperion 1997 (32 p)
A little white West Highland terrier finds a loving home with Lucy and Fred.

From Here to There by Margery Cuyler
Holt 1999 (32 p)
Maria Mendoza identifies herself as a member of a family at a specific address in the universe.

My House by Lisa Desimini
Holt (32 p) also paper
Throughout the seasons, a house takes on different appearances.
Social Studies

Above Level

Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move by Cynthia Rylant
Simon 1998 (40 p)
Henry and his dog, Mudge, help make cousin Annie's move easier. (See others in the series.)

Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney
Crown 1998 (32 p)
From her own “place in space” on Earth, a girl describes the solar system and universe.

Another Fine Mess by Tony Bonning
Little Tiger 1998 (32 p)
Fox's garbage causes a problem for his neighbors.

Building Beavers by K. Martin-James
Lerner 1999 (32 p)
Beavers cut down trees and branches to build their lodges.

Annabel Again by Janice Boland
Dial 1995 (32 p) also paper
Annabel the pig leaves her mud puddle in search of a new and exciting place to live.

Recommended Books for Teacher Read Aloud

* The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Houghton 1942 (40 p)
The city moves gradually closer to a house in the country.

A House Is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman
Viking 1978 (48 p) also paper
Rhyming text describes many kinds of houses for people, things, and animals.

Lizard's Home by George Shannon
Greenwillow 1999 (32 p)
Lizard must figure out a way to get his home back from Snake.

Wake Up House! by Dee Lillegard
Knopf 2000 (40 p)
Thirty-four poems about the objects found in houses.

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
Simon 1987 (32 p)
A hermit crab sets out to look for a new home.

A House is Not a Home by Anne Liersch
North-South 1999 (32 p)
Badger discovers that a house is not a home when there's no one to share it with.

Recommended Books for Shared Reading

* The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone
Houghton 1970 (40 p) also paper
Three pigs build homes of straw, sticks, and bricks to keep a wolf away in this favorite tale.

Does a Mouse Have a House? by Anne Miranda
Bradbury 1994 (32 p)
Rhyming verse reveals where seventeen different animals make their home.

Where Do I Live? by the World Wildlife Fund
Cedco 1998 (26 p)
In a photographic lift-the-flap book, readers guess where camels and other creatures live.

Emily's House by Niko Schaerer
Groundwood 1998 (32 p) paper
Emily ends up with a house full of noisy animals in a cumulative story based on an old folktale.

* = Included in Houghton Mifflin Classroom Bookshelf, Level 1