Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


VERY EASY

Stanley, el plano (Flat Stanley)
by Jeff Brown
Life changes dramatically for Stanley when a board falls on him and flattens him.
Diario de un elefante (An Elephant's Journal)
by Angel Esteban
In this story, an elephant becomes a pet and lives in a house.

EASY

La maravillosa granja de McBroom (McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm)
by Sid Fleischman
Tall tales about Josh McBroom and his family's farm.
El regreso de McBroom (Here Comes McBroom)
by Sid Fleischman
Three more tall tales about the McBrooms.
Puentes (Bridges)
by Jason Cooper
(Science/Health)
Rourke
Bridges are among the more astonishing man-made wonders. See other titles in the Maravillas de la Humanidad (Man-Made Wonders) series.
María y el paraguas (María and the Umbrella)
by Mariasun Landa
(Multicultural)
When María finds an umbrella, she has no idea how it will change her life.

AVERAGE

El niño que pagaba el pato (The Whipping Boy)
by Sid Fleischman
The adventures of a spoiled prince named Brat, a brave lad named Jemmy, and as pair of kidnappers.
Dos hombres o tres (Two Men or Three)
by Paco Martín
Two men arouse the suspicions of the police, who decide to investigate them.
El país de Kalimbún (The Country of Kalimbún)
by Fernando Pulin
(Multicultural)
To get to the faraway country of Kalimbún, you must change planes at least thirty-two times!
La fantástica aventura del dinosaurio (The Fantastic Adventure of the Dinosaur)
by Gerald Durrell
What will happen to Jasper Retortijón and his helper Casacocos when they steal Uncle Lancelot's time machine and travel to the dangerous world of the dinosaurs?
Huelga en la biblioteca (Strike in the Library)
by María Fernanda Buhigas
The books in a library decide to go on strike because no one is reading them.

CHALLENGING

Del interior de las cosas (Incredible Cross-Sections)
by Stephen Biesty
(Social Studies)
Examine the inner working of an ancient castle, a space shuttle, and eighteen other intricate and often unbelievable structures.
La isla de los delfines azules (The Island of the Blue Dolphins)
by Scott O'Dell
(Multicultural)
For twelve years, a young Native American girl lives alone on a remote California island.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Tuck para siempre (Tuck Everlasting)
by Natalie Babbitt
Winnie must decide if she wants to live like the Tuck family: never getting any older.
Los 21 globos (The Twenty-One Balloons)
by William Pène Du Bois
(Social Studies)
In this classic, Professor Sherman relates his experiences of trying to fly across the Pacific and landing on Krakatoa instead.
El maravilloso mago de Oz (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
by L. Frank Baum
In this classic tale, Dorothy, The Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion visit the land of Oz.

Books in English

(English Language Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


VERY EASY

The Scarebird
by Sid Fleischman
Greenwillow
A farmer begins a friendship with a scarecrow and gains a new hired hand.
Koko's Kitten
by Dr. Francine Patterson
(Science/Health)
Scholastic
The true story of the friendship between a sing-language-speaking gorilla and a kitten.
Animals Do the Strangest Things
by Leonora and Arthur Hornblow
(Science/Health)
Explains unusual animal behavior, such as what camels store in their humps and why polar bears never slip on the ice.

EASY

The Kid in the Red Jacket
by Barbara Park
What do you do when you're new in town and your only friend is a pesky six-year-old girl who won't take a hint?
Grand Canyon
by Patrick Cone
(Science/Health)
Carolrhoda
Colorful presentation of the geological wonder, over two hundred miles long, four to eighteen miles wide, and one mile deep.
World's Strangest Baseball Stories
by Bart Rockwell
Troll
A fielder who played all nine positions in one game is just one of baseball's unbelievable stories.
The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal
by Cheryl Harness
(Science/Health)
Macmillan
Despite the skepticism of many, this seemingly impossible canal was built in only seven years.

AVERAGE/CHALLENGING

Mount Rushmore
by Craig A. Doherty and Katherine M. Doherty
(Social Studies)
Blackbirch
In the Black Hills of South Dakota, half a million tons of granite were blasted and chiseled to create this famous monument.
Surtsey: The Newest Place on Earth
by Kathryn Lasky
(Science/Health)
Hyperion
Explains the formation of a new volcanic island that formed off the coast of Iceland.
King Tut's Tomb
by Jay Montavon
(Social Studies)
Avon
Death and tragedy followed the people who explored King Tut's tomb.
Extraordinary Stories Behind the Invention of Ordinary Things
by Don L. Wulffson
(Science/Health)
Avon
Explains how such common items as a rubber band, a shopping cart, and a traffic light came to be.

For Teacher Read Aloud

The Princess in the Pigpen
by Jane Resh Thomas
Clarion
Elizabeth is transported from her sickbed in seventeenth-century England to a twentieth-century Iowa farm.
The Secret of Roanoke Island
by Janet Hubbard-Brown
(Social Studies)
Avon
Three years after settlers arrived on Roanoke Island off North Carolina, they had all mysteriously disappeared.
The Boggart
by Susan Cooper
Macmillan
In an old desk, Emily finds the Boggart, a centuries-old sprite who causes all kinds of mischief.