Books For Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Moving Day
by Robert Kalan
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
A hermit crab looking for a new home tries several shells before finding the one that's just right.
Splash!
by Ann Jonas
(Math)
Greenwillow 1995 (32p)
As a young girl watches, cats and dogs and frogs and fish jump in and out of a pond.

EASY

Splash Splash
by Jeff Sheppard
Atheneum 1994 (40p)
One by one, animals including a bee, a cat, and a frog fall into the water and make their own distinctive sound as they get wet.
newSplash! A Penguin Counting Book
by Jonathan Chester and Kirsty Melville
(Math)
Tricycle 1997 (24p)
Photographs of Adelie penguins in their natural habitat are featured in a book that counts from one to ten.
On the Riverbank
by Charles Temple
(Multicultural)
Houghton 1992 (32p)
A boy describes going catfishing with his mother and father one summer night.
There Was Once a Puffin
by Florence Page Jacques
Dutton 1995 (24p)
A lonely puffin learns to be friends with fish instead of eating them.
Elephants Swim
by Linda Capus Rile
(Science)
Houghton 1995 (32p)
A simple introduction to different animals and the ways they respond to water.

AVERAGE

newGoldfish Hide-and-Seek
by Satoshi Kitamura
Farrar 1997 (32p)
When Goldfish ventures outside of his fishbowl during a game of hide-and-seek, he uses his wits and dancing skills to keep from being eaten by a cat.
newLife in a Pond
by Allan Fowler
(Science)
Childrens 1996 (32p) also paper
A simple photo essay introduces readers to tidepools and the kinds of animals and plants that live in them.
Swim!
by Eve Rice
Greenwillow 1996 (24p)
Every Saturday morning, a young girl and her father go for a swim at a local pool.
Froggy Learns to Swim
by Jonathan London
Viking 1995 (32p)
Persistent parental encouragement helps Froggy overcome his fear and learn to swim.
My Very Own Octopus
by Bernard Most
Harcourt 1991 (32p) paper
A boy fantasizes about the possibilities of owning a pet octopus.

CHALLENGING

newA Safe Home for Manatees
by Priscilla Belz Jenkins
(Science)
Harper 1997 (32p) also paper
A look at the life of the endangered Florida manatee explains what is happening to the gentle giant as its habitat disappears.
What's It Like to Be a Fish?
by Wendy Pfeffer
(Science)
Harper 1996 (32p) also paper
A simple explanation of how a fish is perfectly designed to live in the water.
Down in the Sea: The Crab
by Patricia Kite
Whitman 1994 (24p)
A simple introduction to a familiar ocean creature

SHARED READING

newThe Owl and the Pussy-Cat
by Edward Lear
Candlewick paper 1997 (32p)
The classic nonsense rhyme in which an owl and a pussy-cat go to sea for a year and a day is illustrated with humorous and cartoonlike watercolor drawings.
Beach Feet
by Lynn Reiser
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
Playful rhyming text reveals the many kinds of feet found at the beach.
“Only Joking,” Laughed the Lobster
by Colin West
Candlewick 1995 (18p)
A lobster gets his comeuppance for frightening other fish into believing a shark is about to eat them.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

newTale of a Tadpole
by Barbara Ann Porte
Orchard 1997 (32p)
Francine is surprised when her grandparents tell her that the tadpole she keeps in a fish tank is actually a toad, not a frog as she had thought.
World Water Watch
by Michelle Koch
(Social Studies)
Greenwillow 1993 (32p)
A simple plea to care for the world's water focuses on creatures that live in the oceans including sea otters, whales, and turtles.
A Wagonload of Fish
by Judith Z. Bodnar
Lothrop 1996 (32p)
A peasant tries to satisfy his greedy wife by catching a wagonload of fish in this Hungarian tale.

NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK

Fish Faces
by Norbert Wu
Holt
A House By the Sea
by Joanne Ryder
Harcourt
My Visit to the Aquarium
by Aliki
Harper
Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On
by Lois Ehlert
Harcourt
It Could Still Be A Fish
by Allan Fowler
Childrens

NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

Manatees (Manatíes)
by the Cousteau Society
How to Hide an Octopus and Other Sea Creatures (Cómo se esconde un pulpo y otras criaturas marinas)
by Ruth Heller

NOW AVAILABLE AS A BIG BOOK

It Could Still Be a Fish
by Allan Fowler
Childrens
The Biggest Animal Ever
by Allan Fowler
Childrens
A House for Hermit Crab
by Eric Carle
Scholastic
Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister
North-South

NOW OUT OF PRINT

The Great Adventure of Wo Ti
by Nathan Zimmelman

NOW OUT OF PRINT IN HARDCOVER

A House By the Sea
by Joanne Ryder