Grade K Houghton Mifflin Reading


Theme 3: We're a Family

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Recommended Books for Browsing

Lots of Dads by Shelley Rotner
Dial 1997 (32p) also paper
Photographs show all kinds of dads engaged in activities from work to play with their children.

Bath Time by Lucy Malka
Lee & Low 2000 (8p)
A Latino boy puts so many things into his tub at bathtime that the water overflows.

Mothers Are Like That by Carol Carrick
Clarion 2000 (28p)
Simple text describes how animals and human mothers care for their young.

Mothers & Babies by the World Wildlife Fund
Cedco 1997 (28p)
Labeled photographs show animal mothers and their babies.

Buzz by Janet S. Wong
Harcourt 2000 (32p)
A busy morning for an Asian American boy and his parents begins with the alarm clock's buzz.

Mom and Me by Miela Ford
Greenwillow 1998 (24p)
Photographs and brief text show a polar bear cub and its mother sleeping, playing, and eating at the zoo.

A High Low Near Far Loud Quiet Story by Nina Crews
Greenwillow 1999 (24p)
Captioned photos show a sister and brother acting out a series of opposites during their day.

Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson
Orchard 1997 (32p)
A boy's artist parents inspire him to create four brief poems about his family.
Multicultural, Art

Bird Families by Helen Frost
Pebble 1999 (24p)
Photographs and brief, repetitive text describe where and how cardinals, puffins, and other birds nest.

Recommended Books for Teacher Read Aloud

Big Book of Families by Catherine and Laurence Anholt
Candlewick 1998 (32p)
Rhyming poems and pictures celebrate all kinds of families.

* Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne
Houghton (32p) also paper
Pocketless Katy Kangaroo sets out to find something in which to carry her son, Freddy. Available in Spanish as Katy no tiene bolsa.

Rabbit Food by Susanna Gretz
Candlewick 1999 (32p)
Uncle Bunny tries to get his nephew John to eat the carrots and celery that he himself dislikes.

A Birthday Basket for Tía
by Pat Mora
Simon 1992 (32p) also paper
A girl gathers a basket full of special things for her great-aunt's birthday. Available in Spanish as Una canasta de cumpleanños para Tía.

When Will Sarah Come? by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Greenwillow 1999 (32p)
Jonathan, an African American boy, waits impatiently for his sister Sarah to come home from school.

* On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
Clarion 1992 (32p) also paper
An Inuit boy discovers there's room for himself and his baby sister on their mother's lap.

Night Shift Daddy by Eileen Spinelli
Hyperion 2000 (32p)
In rhyming text, a father shares dinner and bedtime rituals with his daughter before working the night shift.

Little Bear's Visit by Else Holmelund Minarik
Harper 1961 (64p) also paper
Little Bear's favorite thing about visiting his grandparents is the stories they tell.

Come Along, Daisy! by Jane Simmons
Little 1998 (32p)
Daisy the duckling forgets to follow her mama as she investigates the wildlife on her pond.

* Jamaica Tag-Along by Juanita Havill
Houghton 1989 (32p) also paper
Jamaica's feelings are hurt when her brother won't let her tag along to his basketball game.

Under the Table by Marisabina Russo
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
A girl draws on the underside of a coffee table, and finds there are limits to what's allowed.

Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
Harper 1967 (32p) also paper
Peter learns to accept—and even to love—his new baby sister. Available in Spanish as La silla de Pedro.
Classic, Multicultural

Recommended Books for Shared Reading

Off We Go! by Jane Yolen
Little 2000 (32p)
In a rhythmic, rhyming story, Little Mouse, Little Frog, and other baby animals sing their way to grandma's house.

Big Brother, Little Brother by Penny Dale
Candlewick 1997 (32p)
Two brothers know exactly how to help each other out when one of them is upset.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
Harper 2000 (32p)
Through repetitive questions, readers learn that animals have mothers just like people do.

We're Making Breakfast for Mother by Shirley Neitzel
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
In a cumulative, rhyming rebus story, two children make breakfast—and a mess—for their mother.

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
Holt 1998 (32p)
While two kittens copy everything their mama does, their brother Boris naps.

Hush, Little Baby by Marla Frazee
Harper 1999 (32p)
In a lively interpretation of a traditional Appalachian lullaby, a girl is sure she can calm a howling infant.

Recommended Books for Phonics Read Aloud

New Moon by Pegi Deitz Shea
Boyds Mills 1996 (32p)
A boy and his baby sister spend time watching the winter moon in the sky.

The Biggest Bed in the World by Lindsay Camp
Harper 2000 (32p)
To get a good night's sleep, Ben's dad decides to build the biggest bed in the world.

No, No, Titus! by Claire Masurel
North-South 1997 (32p) also paper
A farm family's dog has trouble figuring out exactly what his job is.

Bear's Busy Family by Stella Blackstone
Barefoot 1999 (32p)
In simple rhyming text, a bear introduces and describes all of his relatives.

* = Included in Houghton Mifflin Classroom Bookshelf, Level K