Books For Independent Reading

VERY EASY

I Heard Said the Bird
by Polly Berrien Berends
Dial 1995 (32p)
The barnyard animals all try to discover the identity of a new arrival.

EASY

newThe Cow in the House
by Harriet Ziefert
Viking 1997 (32p) also paper
An old man is advised to keep a cow inside his house to prevent the house from creaking and leaking.
McDuff Moves In
by Rosemary Wells
Hyperion 1997 (32p)
A West Highland terrier who escapes from the dog catcher finds a loving home with a couple named Fred and Lucy.
Tumble Bumble
by Felicia Bond
Front Street 1996 (32p)
After tip-toeing into a yellow house, a tiny bug and the animal friends he meets while out walking look for something good to eat and then head upstairs to take a nap.
What Faust Saw
by Matt Ottley
Dutton 1996 (32p)
Faust, the family dog, is the only one who seems to notice the strange visitors in the neighborhood.
Mouse Party
by Alan Durant
Candlewick 1995 (32p)
Elephant comes home to find that Mouse is throwing a party in his house.

AVERAGE

newAn Octopus Followed Me Home
by Dan Yaccarino
Viking 1997 (32p)
When a girl begs her father to let her keep an octopus as a pet, her father reminds her of all the unusual pets she already owns.
The Officers' Ball
by Wong Herbert Yee
Houghton 1997 (32p)
In the midst of directing traffic and catching crooks, Sergeant Hippo practices his dance steps for the Officers' Ball.
Daddy, Could I Have an Elephant?
by Jake Wolf
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
A boy imagines different animals coming to live with him, from elephants and ponies to pythons and whales.
Mrs. Brown Went to Town
by Wong Herbert Yee
Houghton 1996 (32p)
When Mrs. Brown goes to the hosptial, the animals on her farm move into her house.
Kate's Giants
by Valiska Gregory
Candlewick 1995 (32p)
A girl who thinks that monsters come through a door into her room turns her fears into friends.

CHALLENGING

newJust One!
by Sam McBratney
Candlewick paper 1997 (32p)
Little Digger the squirrel allows a series of unexpected visitors to eat all except one of the blackberries in the pile that he has been instructed to watch over.
What Use Is a Moose?
by Martin Waddell
Candlewick 1996 (32p)
When a boy brings home a moose that he finds in the woods, his mother wonders what they'll do with him.
Possum's Harvest Moon
by Anne Hunter
Houghton 1996 (32p)
Possum's friends claim they're all too busy getting ready for winter to attend Possum's party, but the beautiful harvest moon changes their minds.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
by Paul Galdone
Clarion 1984 (32p) also paper
Two elves visit a poor shoemaker by night and and help him make shoes.
I Went to the Zoo
by Rita Golden Gelman
Scholastic 1993 (32p) also paper
A boy invites a bunch of zoo animals home.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

newThe Cats of Mrs. Calamari
by John Stadler
Orchard 1997 (32p)
For an entire week after moving into a new apartment, Mrs. Calamari hides her many cats from her landlord, who thinks he doesn't like them.
Pigs Ahoy!
by David McPhail
Dutton 1995 (32p)
A man taking a vacation cruise finds a group of boisterous, fun-loving pigs in his cabin in this rhyming story in verse.
Ananse's Feast
by Tololwa M. Mollel
(Multicultural)
Clarion 1997 (32p)
In this tale from the Ashanti, greedy Ananse the spider gets his comeuppance after he invites Akye the Turtle to be his dinner guest and then tricks him into eating nothing.
The Bat in the Boot
by Annie Cannon
(Science)
Orchard 1996 (32p)
When a family finds a baby bat in a boot in their mudroom, they care for it until its mother comes back.
A Snake in the House
by Faith McNulty
(Science)
Scholastic 1994 (32p)
Readers are treated to a snake's view of the human world when a child catches a snake and takes it home.

SHARED READING

newWinter Visitors
by Elizabeth Lee O'Donnell
(Math)
Morrow 1997 (32p)
A girl and her cat return from a winter walk to find an assortment of wild animals, from ten turkeys to one skunk, wreaking havoc in her house.
Is There Room on the Feather Bed?
by Libba Moore Gray
Orchard 1997 (32p)
Two by two, a duck, a sheep, a dog, a cow, and other animals crowd into a wee couple's house and onto their feather bed to escape the rain in this funny, cumulative tale.
Annabel Again
by Janice Boland
Dial 1995 (32p)
Looking for a new home, Annabel the pig tries to move in with a bird, a frog, and a cat before returning to her comfortable pigsty.
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
by Sam McBratney
Candlewick 1996 (32p)
Three mice insist on discovering what lives behind the dark at the top of the stairs.

NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK

newThe Dark at the Top of the Stairs
by Sam McBratney
Candlewick
Kate's Giants
by Valiska Gregory
Candlewick
Elmer Blunt's Open House
by Matt Novak
Orchard
If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo
by Mary Jean Hendrick
Harcourt
Dear Zoo
by Rod Campbell
Puffin
Sheep Out to Eat
by Nancy Shaw
Houghton
Big Black Bear
by Wong Herbert Yee
Houghton
Possum Come A-Knockin'
by Nancy Van Laan
Knopf

NOW AVAILABLE AS A BIG BOOK

newSitting in My Box
by Dee Lillegard
Puffin
There's a Nightmare in My Closet
by Mercer Mayer
Puffin
The Three Bears
by Byron Barton
Harper
The Mitten
by Jan Brett
Scholastic
What Do You Do with a Kangaroo?
by Mercer Mayer
Scholastic
One Monday Morning
by Uri Shulevitz
Scholastic
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Scholastic

NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! (¡Cerdos a montones, cerdos a granel!)
by David McPhail
Penguin Ediciones
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Si le das una galletita a un ratón)
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Harper Arco Iris