Books For Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Snug Bug
by Cathy East Dubowski
Grosset 1995 (32p) also paper
Snug Bug takes a bath and climbs into his tissue box bed, but he's scared by a big creature -- a little boy -- moving in the dark.
What's That Sound, Woolly Bear?
by Philomen Sturges
Little 1996 (32p)
As a Woolly Bear caterpillar looks for a place to sleep, all sorts of bugs dart and buzz and whine and chirp around it.
"Buzz, Buzz, Buzz," Went Bumblebee
by Colin West
Candlewick 1995 (18p)
Bumblebee's buzzing annoys all of the animals except for Butterfly.
Albert's Nap
by Michael Grejniec
North-South 1995 (32p)
A pesky fly keeps Albert the hippo from taking a nap

EASY

newThree Kind Mice
by Vivian Sathre
Harcourt 1997 (28p)
Three mice bake a cake for a their friend the cat's birthday, but the cat's curiosity almost ruins the surprise.
Toad
by Ruth Brown
(Science)
Dutton 1997 (32p)
Watercolor illustrations reveal the mud-beautiful pond world of a toad as it catches flies and slurps worms and is almost eaten itself by another predator.
Peeping and Sleeping
by Fran Manushkin
Clarion 1994 (32p)
A boy and his father follow the sounds they hear one spring night and discover pond peepers.
Ten Flashing Fireflies
by Philomen Sturges
(Math)
North-South 1995 (32p)
A sister and brother count fireflies as they catch them in a jar and let them go again.

AVERAGE

newIt Could Still Be a Worm
by Allan Fowler
(Science)
Childrens 1996 (32p) also paper
This photoessay provides readers with basic information about worms and their relatives.
Newt
by Matt Novak
Harper 1996 (48p)
In three stories, an amiable amphibian named Newt discovers the key to having a perfect day, finds a strange, fuzzy bug, and makes friends with the moon.
Spiders Are Not Insects
by Allan Fowler
(Science)
Childrens 1996 (32p)
A simple photoessay introduces spiders and discusses the common misconception that spiders are insects.
They Thought They Saw Him
by Craig Kee Strete
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
Various animals think they see a chameleon, but he never seems to be where they think he is.

CHALLENGING

newThe Great Snake Escape
by Molly Coxe
Harper 1994 (48p) also paper
Mirabel the goose wonders if the king cobra that escaped from the zoo will eat her and her friend Maxie the frog.
newThe Ups and Downs of Simpson Snail
by John Himmelman
Puffin 1997 (48p)
Simpson Snail's friends come to the rescue when he finds himself stuck in a tree and under an eggshell in four funny stories.
Creepy, Crawly Caterpillars
by Margery Facklam
(Science)
Little 1996 (32p)
Informative text and life-size drawings feature caterpillars like the banded woolly bear and hickory horned devils.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly
by Deborah Heiligman
(Science)
Harper 1996 (32p) also paper
A class observes a caterpillar they have made a home for in a glass jar turn into a butterfly.
How Snake Got His Hiss
by Marguerite W. Davol
Orchard 1996 (32p)
This original tale explains not only how Snake got his hiss, but how Hyena got his spots, Lion his mane, Ostrich her speed, and Crocodile her bumps.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

newLizard Sees the World
by Susan Tews
Clarion 1997 (32p)
Lizard climbs to the edge of his canyon to see the whole world, but he discovers that the world is a much bigger place than he, Trout, Jackrabbit, Hummingbird, and Snake initially thought.
newBugs!
by David T. Greenberg
Little 1997 (32p)
Funny rhyming verse demonstrates all of the things that can be done with bugs including barbequeing them and making bracelets from them.
What Newt Could Do for Turtle
by Jonathan London
Candlewick 1996 (40p)
Turtle rescues Newt every time he's in a scrape, but when a bobcat flips Turtle on his back, Newt finally gets a chance to help his friend.
What You Do Is Easy, What I Do Is Hard
by Jake Wolf
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
A boastful squirrel discovers that gathering pollen , spinning a web, or digging for worms is just as hard as looking for nuts.
Insects Are My Life
by Megan McDonald
Orchard 1995 (32p)
Amanda loves all kinds of bugs, but her family and classmates have difficulty appreciating her entomological interests

SHARED READING

Some Smug Slug
by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Harper 1996 (32p)
Ignoring the repeated warnings of the animals around him, a slug out for a summer stroll comes to a surprise ending when he is eaten by a toad in this alliterative tale.
Fireflies, Fireflies, Light My Way
by Jonathan London
Viking 1996 (32p)
Fireflies lead a child through a nighttime world of leaping bullfrogs, playful otters, and squawking wood ducks in this rhyming, repetitive story.
Do You See a Mouse?
by Bernard Waber
Houghton 1995 (32p)
As a mouse scampers right under their noses, everyone at the Park Snoot Hotel insists that there is no mouse.

NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

Anansi's Narrow Waist (La cinturita de Anansi)
By Len Cabral
Harper Arco Iris
Mouse Count (Cuenta ratones)
by Ellen Stoll Walsh
How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects (Cómo se esconde una mariposa y otros insectos)
by Ruth Heller

NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK

Spiders Are Not Insects
by Allan Fowler
Childrens
newInsects Are My Life
by Megan McDonald
Orchard
Do You See a Mouse?
by Bernard Waber
Houghton
Ten Flashing Fireflies
by Philomen Sturges
North-South
Fireflies for Nathan
by Shulamith Levey
Puffin
Hide and Snake
by Keith Baker
Harcourt
Mouse Count
by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Harcourt
Caterpillar, Caterpillar
by Vivien French
Candlewick
Frogs and Toads and Tadpoles, Too
by Allan Fowler
Childrens
It's a Good Thing There Are Insects
by Allan Fowler
Childrens
In the Tall, Tall Grass
by Densie Fleming
Holt
Old Black Fly
by Jim Aylesworth
Holt

NOW OUT-OF-PRINT

Bernard's Boring Day
by Ron Maris

NOW AVAILABLE AS A BIG BOOK

Old Black Fly
by Jim Aylesworth
Holt
Frogs and Toads and Tadpoles, Too
by Allan Fowler
Childrens
It's a Good Thing There Are Insects
by Allan Fowler
Childrens
Jump, Frog, Jump!
by Robert Kalan
Mulberry
Who Is the Beast?
by Keith Baker
Harcourt.