Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Oink
by Arthur Geisert
Houghton 1991 (32p)
In this almost wordless story, eight adventurous piglets sneak away from their sleeping mother.
Shake My Sillies Out
by Raffi
(Music)
Crown 1988 (32p) paper
Sleepless forest animals and campers jump, jiggle, and wiggle their sillies away.
Ten Cats Have Hats
by Jean Marzollo
(Math)
Scholastic 1994 (24p)
From one bear to ten cats, a young girl presents animals and their silly possessions.
Who Sank the Boat?
by Pamela Allen
Sandcastle 1990 (32p) paper
Five animal friends decide to go rowing in a very small boat, but disaster's not far behind.
More Spaghetti, I Say!
by Rita Golden Gelman
Scholastic 1993 (32p) paper
Minnie the monkey is so busy eating spaghetti that she can't play with Freddy.
Frogs in Clogs
by Sheila Samton
Crown 1995 (32p)
Frogs in clogs and pigs wearing wigs are some of the silly animal antics in this book.

EASY

Shoes
by Elizabeth Winthrop
Harper 1986 (32p); also paper
Exuberant rhyming verse celebrates all kinds of different shoes.
Silly Sally
by Audrey Wood
Harcourt 1992 (32p)
Silly Sally and her animal friends parade into town walking backwards and upside down.
The Surprise Party
by Pat Hutchins
Macmillan 1969 (32p); also paper
Rabbit's having a party, but as each animal tells the next, the message becomes completely garbled.
Peanut Butter and Jelly
by Nadine Bernard Westcott
(Music)
Dutton 1987 (32p); Puffin paper
A rollicking rhyme pays homage to the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss
Random 1960 (64p); also paper
Sam-I-Am convinces another creature to eat green eggs and ham. Available in Spanish asHuevos verdes con jamón.
The Grumpalump
by Sarah Hayes
Clarion 1990 (24p)
In this cumulative story, a strange grumpalump turns out to be a hot-air balloon.
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree
by Eileen Christelow
Clarion 1991 (32p); also paper
Five mischievous monkeys discover the risks in teasing a crocodile.
The Missing Tarts
by B. G. Hennessy
Viking 1988 (32p); also paper
The Queen of Hearts involves Jack and Jill and other Mother Goose characters in a lively search for her missing tarts.

AVERAGE

My Mom and Dad Make Me Laugh
by Nick Sharratt
Candlewick 1994 (32p)
Mom adores spots and Dad wears only stripes, but in this funny family, a boy dresses in gray because he loves elephants.
The Cow Buzzed
by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
Harper 1993 (32p); also paper
In this funny cumulative tale, all the farm animals get the sniffles and the wrong voices after a bee sneezes.
Ten Tiny Turtles
by Paul Cherrill
(Math)
Ticknor 1995 (32p)
These silly counting rhymes capture animal activities, from worms wearing sunglasses to fish playing hockey.
El libro tonto (The Silly Book)
by Babette Cole
A young boy points out the many silly things that people do. Text in Spanish.
Sheep Take a Hike
by Nancy Shaw
Houghton 1994 (32p)
When six sheep set out for a hike, they have a series of comic misadventures.
April Showers
by George Shannon
Greenwillow 1995 (32p)
A group of frogs dancing and jumping and leaping in the rain doesn't notice a snake.
The Right Number of Elephants
by Jeff Sheppard
(Math)
Harper 1990 (32p); also paper
In this counting book, helpful pachyderms solve some problems for a young girl.

CHALLENGING

Zoodles
by Bernard Most
Harcourt 1992 (32p)
The answers to this book of playful riddles are hybrid animals like the camelephant.
Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina
Harper 1947 (48p); also paper
A poor peddler loses his caps to a group of mischievous monkeys. Available in Spanish asSe venden gorras.
Laughing All the Way
by George Shannon
Houghton 1992 (32p)
Duck's bad day gets even worse after he's grabbed by Bear.
Old Turtle's Riddle and Joke Book
by Leonard Kessler
Greenwillow 1986 (48p); Dell 1990 paper
Old Turtle and his friends tell easy jokes and riddles.
Duncan the Dancing Duck
by Syd Hoff
Clarion 1994 (32p)
A dancing duck finds fame in the big city.
No Peas for Nellie
by Chris Demarest
Macmillan 1988 (32p); also paper
Nellie goes through an outlandish list of all the things she'd rather eat than peas.
Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish
Harper 1963 (64p); also paper
The literal-minded housekeeper follows one funny mix-up with another.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

A Poem for a Pickle: Funnybone Verses
by Eve Merriam
Greenwillow 1989 (40p)
These bouncy, funny poems will delight children.
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
by Dr. Seuss
Random 1989 (48p)
Every time Bartholomew doffs his hat before the king, another hat appears.
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
by Audrey Wood
Harcourt 1985 (32p); also paper
A king refuses to get out of the bathtub to rule his kingdom.
Moira's Birthday
by Robert Munsch
Firefly 1993 (32p) paper
Moira's birthday party turns out to be even bigger than she expected. Available in Spanish asEl cumpleaños de Mariela.

BOOKS FOR SHARED READING

Rachel Fister's Blister
by Amy MacDonald
Houghton 1990 (32p)
A blister on a girl's toe prompts all of the adults to try a series of silly cures.
It's Raining, It's Pouring
by Kin Eagle
Whispering Coyote 1994 (32p)
Six new verses add humor to a traditional rhyme.
The Cake That Mack Ate
by Rose Robart
Little 1987 (32p); also paper
In this humorous cumulative story, Mack the dog eats a birthday cake.
Pardon? Said the Giraffe
by Colin West
Harper 1986 (24p) paper
Giraffe is so tall, he can't hear a word that Frog says to him.