Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

The Bear and the Fly
by Paula Winter
Crown 1987 (32p)
In this wordless book, an uninvited fly wreaks havoc during dinner.
Good Night, Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann
Putnam 1994 (32p)
A hilarious line of zoo animals follows the zookeeper home.
Do Not Disturb
by Nancy Tafuri
Greenwillow 1987 (32p)
A noisy family on a camping trip doesn't notice the animals all around them.
Frog, Where Are You?
by Mercer Mayer
Dial 1969 (32p); also paper
A boy and his dog search for their friend.
Pancakes for Breakfast
by Tomie dePaola
Harcourt 1978 (32p); Voyager paper
After her dog eats her breakfast, an old woman eats pancakes at her neighbor's house.
What Did I Find?
by Brian Wildsmith and Rebecca Wildsmith
Harcourt 1993 (16p)
Animals show up in unexpected places all over the house.
Up to Ten and Down Again
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
(Math)
Lothrop 1986 (32p)
One duck watches as two cars pull up by the pond and picnic pandemonium begins.

EASY

Dear Zoo
by Rod Campbell
Fourwinds 1983 (22p)
A little boy writes to the zoo for a pet.
Here Comes the Cat!
by Vladimir Vagin and Frank Asch
Scholastic 1989 (32p) paper
A mouse discovers there is nothing to fear from a friendly cat. In English and Russian.
Alligator Shoes
by Arthur Dorros
Dutton 1982 (24p); also paper
An alligator has some unexpected fun in a shoe store.
Raccoons and Ripe Corn
by Jim Arnosky
(Science/Health)
Lothrop 1987 (32p); Mulberry paper
A mother raccoon and her hungry kits make a moonlight raid on a cornfield.
The Three Bears
by Byron Barton
Harper 1991 (32p)
In this favorite story, three bears return home to find an unexpected visitor in their house.
Who Is Going?
by Patricia C. McKissack
Childrens 1986 (32p)
An African monkey runs from all the animals but one. Available in Spanish as ¿Quién viene?
The Cat in the Hat/El gato ensombrerado
by Dr. Seuss
Random 1957 (61p)
Chaos ensues when the Cat in the Hat visits Sally and her brother. In English and Spanish.
With Love from Gran
by Dick Gackenbach
Clarion 1989 (32p) paper
Gran sends her grandson a present from every place she visits, but her last present is the best of all.
Elmer Blunt's Open House
by Matt Novak
Orchard 1992 (24p)
Animals trail into Elmer's house and inadvertently scare off burglars.
Sheep Out to Eat
by Nancy Shaw
Houghton 1992 (32p)
Hungry sheep cause mayhem when they dine in a teashop.
What's Black and White and Came to Visit?
by Evan Levine
Orchard 1994 (32p)
When Lucy finds a skunk in her rain gutter, the whole town helps.
Sitting in My Box
by Dee Lillegard
Dutton 1989 (32p); Puffin 1992 paper
As he sits in a cardboard box, a boy is visited by animals who want to share his special place.
Bedtime Mouse
by Sandol Stoddard
Houghton 1993 (32p) paper
At bedtime, a girl imagines all sorts of animals in her house.
Yoo Hoo, Moon!
by Mary Blocksma
Bantam 1992 (32p) paper
When Bear has trouble sleeping, his friends show up and sing.
Mouse in the House
by Henrietta
Dorling 1991 (32p)
Follow a mouse through the house and even past a sleeping cat. Available in Spanish asUn ratón en casa.
What Do You Do with a Kangaroo?
by Mercer Mayer
Scholastic 1986 (32p) paper
A girl copes with some unexpected animal guests.

CHALLENGING

Big Black Bear
by Wong Herbert Yee
Houghton 1993 (32p)
A mannerless black bear makes a terrible mess when he visits a little girl.
Somebody and the Three Blairs
by Marilyn Tolhurst
Orchard 1991 (32p); also paper
In a reversal of roles, a bear visits the home of three humans.
The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale
by Jan Brett
Putnam 1989 (32p)
One after another, animals snuggle into Nick's dropped mitten.
Mouse in the House
by Patricia Behr
Holiday 1994 (32p)
Trying to rid her house of a mouse, Mrs. Teapot discovers it's not such a bad pet after all.
One Monday Morning
by Uri Shulevitz
Macmillan 1967 (32p); Aladdin paper
On a rainy day, a young boy dreams of a visit from royalty.
The Gorilla Did It
by Barbara Shook Hazen
Macmillan 1974 (32p) paper
A boy is kept awake during naptime by a mischievous gorilla. Available in Spanish asFue el gorila.
Nuts to You!
by Lois Ehlert
(Science/Health)
Harcourt 1993 (32p)
A child watches a rascally squirrel make its way into her apartment.
The Pigs' Picnic
by Keiko Kasza
Putnam 1988 (32p); Sandcastle paper
Miss Pig doesn't recognize Mr. Pig when he dresses up to impress her.
There's a Nightmare in My Closet
by Mercer Mayer
Puffin 1992 (32p) paper
A boy, scared of the imaginary monster in his closet, learns to conquer his fear. Available in Spanish as Una pesadilla en mi armario.
Engelbert the Elephant
by Tom Paxton
Morrow 1990 (32p)
A delightful but unexpected guest enjoys the royal ball.
Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!
by David McPhail
Dutton 1993 (32p)
Boisterous pigs cause havoc when they visit the narrator of this playful poem.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo
by Mary Jean Hendrick
Harcourt 1993 (32p)
A number of zoo emergencies result in some unusual houseguests for a girl and her family.
Nora's Surprise
by Satomi Ichikawa
Philomel 1994 (32p)
Nora's tea party with some friendly geese is disrupted by a sheep from next door.
A Guest Is a Guest
by John Himmelman
Dutton 1991 (32p)
Barnyard animals decide to move into the house with the family of Farmer Beanbuckets.
There's a Dragon in My Sleeping Bag
by James Howe
Atheneum 1995 (32p)
Alex comes up with his own solution to the problem of his brother Simon's imaginary dragon Dexter. Available in Spanish asHay un dragón en mi bolsa de dormir.
The Raggedy Red Squirrel
by Hope Ryden
(Science/Health)
Lodestar 1992 (48p)
The author observes a noisy red squirrel who is making a nest in the backyard birdfeeder.
Backyard Bear
by Jim Murphy
(Science/Health)
Scholastic 1993 (32p)
A hungry black bear wanders into a populated neighborhood.
When I'm Alone
by Carol Partridge Ochs
Carolrhoda 1993 (32p) paper
A girl insists that her animal visitors caused all the mess.

BOOKS FOR SHARED READING

A Mouse in My House
by Nancy Van Laan
Knopf 1990 (26p)
A boy imagines all sorts of mischievous animals in his house.
Possum Come A-Knocking
by Nancy Van Laan
Knopf 1990 (32p)
A possum's antics disrupt a family's evening.
Skip to My Lou
by Nadine Bernard Westcott
(Music)
Little 1989 (32p) paper
Left in charge of the farm, a boy invites the animals into the house for some fun.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Harper 1985 (32p); Scholastic 1993 paper
When a boy gives a hungry mouse a cookie, he sets off a chain of funny events.