Books For Independent Reading


A Big and Little Alphabet
by Liz Rosenberg
Orchard 1997 (32p)
Animals from armadillos to zebras act out verbs beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
Big Long Animal Song
by Mike Artell
Harper GoodYear 1994 (8p)
Long octopus tentacles and big polar bear paws are some of the animal parts described in this rhyme.
One Day in the Jungle
by Colin West
Candlewick 1995 (24p)
When a butterfly sneezes, bigger and bigger animals catch it in this cumulative story


newRabbits & Raindrops
by Jim Arnosky
Putnam 1997 (32p)
When five baby rabbits and their mother shelter from the rain under a hedge, they are joined by other creatures such as butterflies, hummingbirds, and deer mice.
Shrinking Mouse
by Pat Hutchins
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
As Owl, Fox, Rabbit, and Squirrel head to a faraway wood and get smaller and smaller as they go, Mouse is afraid that they'll disappear altogether.
Kangaroos Have Joeys
by Philippa-Alys Browne
Atheneum 1996 (32p)
Rhyming text introduces the names of different animal babies.
Mouse Chase
by Vivian Sathre
Harcourt 1995 (40p)
Cat is creeping and leaping after Mouse, but Mouse finds a clever way to escape.
How Big Is Big?
by Harriet Ziefert
Puffin 1995 (28p) paper
Different objects demonstate the concepts of big and small.
Come Out and Play, Little Mouse
by Robert Kraus
Mulberry 1995 (32p) paper
A mouse accepts a cat's invitation to play, but doesn't know what kind of game the cat has in mind.


by John Schoenherr
Philomel 1995 (32p)
After a pair of wild geese hatch their eggs on a pond island, one adventurous gosling keeps wandering away from his family.
Big and Little
by Steve Jenks
Houghton 1996 (32p)
Comparisons of animals like the domestic cat and the tiger show that animals related to each other can vary greatly in size.
Big Squeak, Little Squeak
by Robert Kraus
Orchard 1996 (32p)
Big Squeak and Little Squeak run into trouble when they go into Mr. Kit Kat's shop to buy some cheese.
Clifford and the Big Storm
by Norman Bridwell
Scholastic 1995 (32p)
Clifford, an enormous red dog, helps keeps everyone safe when a hurricane strikes.


newBig Boss
by Anne Rockwell
Simon 1996 (64p)
A fox outsmarts a fox and a tiger, saving himself from becoming a tasty snack for them in this brief chapter book.
Big Bugs
by Mary Gribbin
Ladybird 1996 (28p)
Brief descriptions of some of the world's biggest bugs include the goliath beetle, the giant snail, the walking stick, and the tarantula.
Oliver and Amanda and the Big Snow
by Jean Van Leeuwen
Dial 1995 (56p)
After a big snowstorm, pig siblings Oliver and Amanda have fun shoveling, digging, and sledding in the snow.
Dinosaur Questions
by Bernard Most
Harcourt 1995 (32p)
Readers find out if dinosaurs had ears and other information in this question-and-answer book.


newWatch Out! Big Bro's Coming!
by Jez Alborough
Candlewick 1997 (32p)
A mouse's warning that “Big Bro's coming,” sends a group of frightened, consecutively larger animals into hiding in this repetitive story.
A Pinky Is a Baby Mouse
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Hyperion 1997 (32p)
Rhyming verse describes the different names by which mice, swans, zebras, mackerel, and other baby animals are known.
Ten Little Crocodiles
by Colin West
Candlewick 1995 (32p)
One by one, ten playful crocodiles disappear in this rhyming counting book.
The Wee Little Woman
by Byron Barton
Harper 1995 (32p)
A retelling of the favorite story about a wee little woman and her wee little cat.


newDiane Goode's Book of Giants and Little People
by Diane Goode
Dutton 1997 (64p)
This collection of stories and poems contains old favorites such as “The Shoemaker and the Elves” as well as lesser-known tales such as “Wiley and the Hairy Man.”
newBig Blue Whale
by Nicola Davies
Candlewick 1997 (32p)
An illustrated introduction to the blue whale, the world's largest mammal, includes information on its feeding habits, migratory patterns, and its “songs.”
Big Boy
by Tololwa Mollel
Clarion 1995 (32p)
When a magical bird grants a small boy named Oli his wish to be bigger, his adventures lead him to realize that it is sometimes also good to be little.
Clay Boy
by Mirra Ginsburg
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
After an old man fashions a boy from clay, the hungry boy gets bigger and bigger as he eats everything in sight, including animals and people.
The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb
by Shirley Climo
Clarion 1995 (32p)
In a Mexican fable, a persistent little ant discovers that she has the strength to move a big crumb all by herself.
Young Mouse and Elephant
by Pamela J. Farris
Houghton 1996 (32p)
Boastful Young Mouse sets off to prove to Elephant that he is the strongest animal on the plains.


Big Boy
by Tololwa Mollel
newWhen the Elephant Walks
by Keiko Kasza
A Beautiful Feast for a Big King Cat
by John Archambault and Bill Martin, Jr.
Fireman Small
by Wong Herbert Yee
Please Don't Feed the Bears
by Allan Fowler
Jamal's Busy Day
by Wade Hudson
Just Us
Little Penguin's Tale
by Audrey Wood
Just a Little Bit
by Ann Tompert


When the Elephant Walks (Cuando el elefante camina)
by Keiko Kasza


Please Don't Feed the Bears
by Allan Fowler
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs
by Byron Barton