Books For Independent Reading


Red Fox Dances
by Alan Baron
Candlewick 1996 (16p) also paper
When Red Fox hears Dan Dog's fiddling, he forgets to eat Little Pig and her friends and instead joins their dance.
Frogs Jump: A Counting Book
by Alan Brooks
Scholastic 1996 (40p)
Illustrations provide silly interpretations of the actions of animals from one frog to twelve whales.
Cat at Bat
by John Stadler
Puffin 1995 (28p) paper
Rhyming sentences describe silly animal antics, like a fox boxing an ox.
Whose Hat Was That?
by Brian and Rebecca Wildsmith
Gulliver 1993 (16p)
After an antic wind blows people's hats away, they land on the heads of surprised animals


newWhat Can You Do with a Shoe?
by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
McElderry 1997 (32p)
A girl and a boy find silly uses for ordinary objects in this humorous rhyming story, first published in 1955 and updated with newly colored artwork.
Do Pigs Have Stripes?
by Melanie Walsh
Houghton 1996 (32p)
Funny questions about animals have children imagine monkeys with antlers, pigs with stripes, and spotted porcupines.
Chimps Don't Wear Glasses
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Simon 1995 (32p)
A child imagines animals in funny situations, like horses hang gliding and pandas pole vaulting.
“Fire! Fire!” Said Mrs. McGuire
by Bill Martin Jr.
Harcourt 1996 (32p)
A rescue brigade rushes to put out an unexpected fire in this funny, rhyming story


newLouella Mae, She's Run Away!
by Karen Beaumont Alarcon
Holt 1997 (32p)
In this humorous rhyming story, everyone on the farm joins the search for Louella Mae, a pig who has just had piglets.
My Little Sister Ate One Hare
by Bill Grossman
Crown 1996 (32p)
A young girl amazes an audience by eating one hare, two snakes, three ants, four shrews, and other creatures, but eating ten green peas makes her sick.
Ready…Set…Read - and Laugh! A Funny Treasury for Beginning Readers
by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson
Doubleday 1995 (144p)
Poems, riddles, and rebus stories by Jack Prelutsky, Arnold Lobel, and others provide readers with a collection of funny material.
What Do You Hear When Cows Sing? And Other Silly Riddles
by Marco and Giulio Maestro
Harper 1996 (48p)
Twenty-two silly riddles will tickle the funny bones of beginning readers


newRex and Lilly Playtime
Laurie Krasny Brown
Little 1995 (32p) also paper
In three brief stories, dinosaur siblings Rex and Lilly play in the pool, take dancing lessons, and dress up on a rainy day.
Don't Laugh, Joe!
by Keiko Kasza
Putnam 1997 (32p)
Every time Mother Possum tries to teach her son Joe to play dead to protect him from his enemies, Joes goes into fits of giggles.
Duck, Duck, Goose?
by Katya Arnold
Holiday 1997 (32p)
When Goose trades body parts with Swan, Pelican, Rooster, Stork and Peacock because she's tired of being just like everyone else, she discovers she has trouble doing things like eating and flying.
by Marcia Vaughan
Scholastic 1996 (32p)
Swallowed by a crocodile, Joey the kangaroo and his friends tickle the croc's tonsils until he laughs and spits them out.
Silly Times with Two Silly Trolls
by Nancy Jewell
Harper 1996 (48p)
Three stories about two mixed-up trolls who always manage to get things right together


newThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
by Simms Taback
Viking 1997 (32p)
This favorite cumulative tale has die-cut holes for the old lady's stomach, allowing readers to see where everything she swallows ends up.
Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud
by Lynn Plourde
Scholastic 1997 (32p)
A group of pigs and other farm animals wallowing in the mud in the middle of the road prevent Grandma and her family from going for a ride in their Model T Ford.
Those Can-Do Pigs!
by David McPhail
Dutton 1996 (32p)
Funny verse tells all about the Can-Do pigs and their amazing ability to do anything from climbing trees and flying to riding rodeo bulls and baking cakes.
I Know an Old Lady
by Brian G. Karas
Scholastic 1995 (32p)
This popular cumulative nonsense rhyme is illustrated with cartoon-style pictures.


newCounting Crocodiles
by Judy Sierra
Harcourt 1997 (32p)
In a silly counting tale, Monkey convinces a sea of crocodiles to line up so she can walk across their backs to reach a banana tree.
The Three Little Pigs
by Steven Kellogg
Morrow 1997 (32p)
In this funny retelling of a favorite folk tale, the three little pigs, with help from their traveling waffle business, run the wolf out of town after turning him into a “wolffle.”
newThe Hat
by Jan Brett
Putnam 1997 (32p)
After Hedgie the hedgehog gets a woolen stocking stuck on his head, he pretends that it's his winter hat.
Snuffles and Snouts
by Laura Robb
Dial 1995 (40p)
Flying pigs, pigs in wigs, and prize-winning pigs are some of the porkers featured in twenty-five funny poems by Myra Cohn Livingston, John Ciardi, Mary Ann Hoberman, and others.
No More Water in the Tub
by Tedd Arnold
Dial 1995 (32p)
After he overfills the bathtub, William and the tub are carried on a flood of water in and out of his neighbors' apartments.
Pigs Ahoy!
by David McPhail
Dutton 1995 (32p)
A group of boisterous, mischief-making pigs accompany a man on his vacation cruise.


What Do You Hear When Cows Sing?
by Marco and Giulio Maestro
Silly Times with Two Silly Trolls
by Nancy Jewell
Sheep Take a Hike
by Nancy Shaw
by Arthur Geisert
My Mom and Dad Make Me Laugh
by Nick Sharrat
Silly Sally
by Audrey Wood
by Bernard Most
Rachel Fister's Blister
by Amy MacDonald
The Cow Buzzed
by Andrea Zimmerman


Peanut Butter and Jelly
by Nadine Bernard Westcott
by Elizabeth Winthrop
The Surprise Party
by Pat Hutchins
The Right Number of Elephants
by Jeff Sheppard
Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
by Audrey Wood
by Bernard Most