Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

The Carrot Seed
by Ruth Krauss
Harper 1945 (24p); also paper
Despite his family's beliefs to the contrary, a boy is certain his carrot seed will grow. Available in Spanish asLa semilla de zanahoria.
Changes, Changes
by Pat Hutchins
Macmillan 1971 (32p); Aladdin paper
Bright building blocks form different shapes to tell a wordless story.
All Year Long
by Nancy Tafuri
(Science/Health)
Greenwillow 1983 (32p)
Readers share activities with a family through different months and seasons.
Sunflower
by Miela Ford
(Science/Health)
Greenwillow 1995 (24p)
A young girl plants a sunflower seed and watches it grow.
Growing Colors
by Bruce McMillan
(Science/Health)
Lothrop 1988 (32p); Mulberry 1994 paper
Garden fruits and vegetables are shown close up in all their glorious colors.

EASY

Vegetable Garden
by Douglas Florian
Harcourt 1992 (32p)
From planting to harvest, a family works together in their vegetable garden.
Munia and the Red Shoes
by Asún Balzola
(Multicultural)
Cambridge University 1989 (32p)
Munia worries because her shoes are too tight, and then she realizes her feet are growing. Available in Spanish asLos zapatos de Munia.
In the Spring
by Craig Brown
Greenwillow 1994 (24p)
Around the farm, spring is the season for baby animals.
It's Spring!
by Else Holmelund Minarik
Greenwillow 1989 (24p)
Two frisky cats delight in the changes spring brings.
Mrs. Sato's Hens
by Laura Min
(Multicultural)
Goodyear 1994 (8p)
Every day, a woman counts first the eggs and then the chicks in her chicken coop.
Sleepy Bear
by Lydia Dabcovitch
(Science/Health)
Dutton 1982 (32p); also paper
Bear is excited by thoughts of honey after his long winter sleep.
A Year in the Country
by Douglas Florian
(Science/Health)
Greenwillow 1989 (32p)
Monthly changes take place on a family's farm in the country.
Messey Bessey's Garden
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
(Multicultural)
Childrens 1991 (32p); also paper
A young girl plants a garden in the spring and harvests pumpkins in the fall.
Moving from One to Ten
by Shari Halpern
(Math)
Macmillan 1993 (32p)
Moving day turns out to be less of a reason to worry than David expected.
It's Pumpkin Time!
by Zoe Hall
(Science/Health)
Scholastic 1994 (32p)
A brother and sister work together to grow pumpkins for Halloween.

AVERAGE

Changing Seasons
by Henry Pluckrose
(Science/Health)
Childrens 1994 (32p)
The beauty of the changing seasons unfolds in color photos accompanied by simple text.
Spring Is Here
by Taro Gomi
(Multicultural)
Chronicle 1989 (32p); also paper
A clever visual presentation of the four seasons.
You'll Soon Grow into Them, Titch
by Pat Hutchins
Greenwillow 1983 (32p)
Titch despairs of ever growing into his big brother's and sister's hand-me-down clothes.
D.W. Flips!
by Marc Brown
Little 1987 (22p); also paper
An enthusiastic D.W. practices her forward roll until it's perfect.
How Do You Know It's Fall?
by Allan Fowler
(Science/Health)
Childrens 1992 (32p)
Readers learn about the changes that signal the onset of autumn. Available in Spanish as ¿Cómo sabes que es otoño?
Jasper's Beanstalk
by Nick Butterworth
Bradbury 1993 (32p)
Energetic Jasper learns that waiting is a necessary part of growing things.
Planting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert
(Science/Health)
Harcourt 1988 (32p); Voyager 1992 paper
Mother and child plan and grow a glorious flower garden.
Sometimes Things Change
by Allan Fowler
(Multicultural)
Childrens 1983 (32p); also paper
A description of changes that take place in the plant, animal, and physical world. Available in Spanish asA veces las cosas cambian.

CHALLENGING

Changes
by Marjorie Allen
(Science/Health)
Macmillan 1992 (32p)
This photo essay highlights seasonal changes in nature.
How a Seed Grows
by Helene J. Jordan
(Multicultural)
Harper 1992 (32p); also paper
Two children plant bean seeds in eggshells and watch as they grow into plants.
Mouse & Mole and the Year-Round Garden
by Doug Cushman
(Science/Health)
Scientific American 1994 (32p)
Friends Mouse and Mole tend their garden through the changing seasons.
I'm Growing
by Aliki
(Multicultural)
Harper 1992 (32p); also paper
A young boy shares his knowledge about how his body changes and grows.
My Hands
by Aliki
(Multicultural)
Harper 1990 (32p); also paper
Children describe their hands and all the things hands help them do.
Shy Charles
by Rosemary Wells
Dial 1988 (32p); Puffin 1992 paper
When his baby-sitter gets hurt, painfully shy Charles musters the courage to call for help. Available in Spanish asCarlos el tímido.
Elmer
by David McKee
Lothrop 1989 (32p)
Elmer, the most colorful elephant in the forest, dyes himself gray but discovers that being himself is best. Available in Spanish asElmer.
Watch Them Grow
by Linda Martin
(Science/Health)
Dorling 1994 (45p)
Photos chronicle several stages of growth and change in eggs, seeds, and baby mammals.
When Summer Comes
by Robert Maass
(Multicultural)
Holt 1993 (32p)
Children explore the special pleasures of summer's smells, sights, and experiences.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

Backyard Sunflower
by Elizabeth King
(Science/Health)
Dutton 1993 (32p)
Photographs chronicle the growth of giant sunflowers in Samantha's backyard.
A Time for Babies
by Ron Hirschi
(Science/Health)
Cobblehill (32p) 1993
A look at how bears and other baby animals start life.
A Busy Year
by Leo Lionni
Knopf 1992 (26p)
Mice Willie and Winnie form a friendship with a tree, visiting it monthly as it buds, blossoms, and bears fruit.
Julius, the Baby of the World
by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow 1990 (32p)
Lilly thinks her new baby brother is dreadful until she must defend him. Available in Spanish asJulius, el rey de la casa.

BOOKS FOR SHARED READING

An Egg Is an Egg
by Nicki Weiss
Putnam 1990 (32p)
This gentle rhyme shares a mother and son's awareness of how many things change form.
Everything Grows
by Raffi
(Music)
Crown 1989 (32p); also paper
This song celebrates the vibrant growth of people, plants, and animals.
Leo the Late Bloomer
by Robert Kraus
Harper 1971 (32p); also paper
Leo the tiger, late in maturing, learns to read and write in his own good time.
Like Butter on Pancakes
by Jonathan London
Viking 1995 (32p)
Poetic text describes the cycle of day from morning to night.