Books For Independent Reading


Do Monkeys Tweet?
by Melanie Walsh
Houghton 1997 (32p)
A series of silly questions about the kinds of sounds that animals make prompts children to guess the answers.
Animal Action ABC
by Karen Pandell and Arte Wolfe
Dutton 1996 (40p)
Alphabetical rhyming verse describes the movement of different animals as color photographs show children imitating them.
Minerva Louise at School
by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Dial 1996 (24p)
Minerva Louise the hen wanders away from the farm and explores a nearby school, which she thinks is a big red barn.
Alphabet City
by Stephen T. Johnson
Viking 1995 (32p)
Paintings of city scenes reveal the letters of the alphabet.
Two Crows Counting
by Doris Orgel
Bantam 1995 (32p)
Two crows count from one to ten and back down again.


I Am Water
by Jean Marzollo
Scholastic paper 1996 (28p)
Simple text describes the many different forms of and uses for water, from rain for the earth to lakes for swimming.
Close, Closer, Closest
by Shelley Rotner and Richard Olivo
Atheneum 1997 (40p)
Taken from three different distances, color photographs of objects and creatures like butterflies, strawberries, and dogs introduce the concepts of perspective and scale.
Sun Snow Stars Sky
by Catherine and Laurence Anholt
Viking 1996 (32p)
Cheerful pictures and simple questions about the weather invite children to think about the four seasons.
Shoes Shoes Shoes
by Ann Morris
Lothrop 1995 (32p)
Wooden shoes, snow shoes, and dancing shoes are some types of footwear pictured in this photoessay.


newArthur's Reading Race
by Marc Brown
Random paper 1996 (24p)
Arthur the aardvark challenges his younger sister D. W. to prove that she really can read.
Rex and Lilly Schooltime
by Laurie Krasny Brown
Little 1997 (32p)
Dinosaur siblings Rex and Lilly have a busy day at school participating in show-and-tell, trading lunches, and reading.
Jelly Beans for Sale
by Bruce McMillan
Scholastic 1996 (32p)
Children buy varying amounts of jelly beans with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
I Spy School Days: A Book of Picture Riddles
by Jean Marzollo
Scholastic 1995 (40p)
Simple rhyming riddles lead children to seek out hidden objects in the photographs.
Franklin Goes to School
by Paulette Bourgeois
Scholastic 1995 (32p)
Franklin the turtle overcomes a case of the jitters on his first day of school.


newThe First Day of School
by Tony Johnston
Scholastic 1997 (32p)
Best friends Sparky and Eddie decide that school is fun, even if they're not in the same class.
newWhat's Alive?
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Harper 1995 (32p) also paper
Hands-on activities and diagrams help children to tell the difference between living and nonliving things.
Me on the Map
by Joan Sweeney
(Social Studies)
Crown 1996 (32p)
A girl describes how the maps of her room, her house, her town, her state, and her country become part of how she locates her place in the world.
Tomorrow's Alphabet
by George Shannon
Greenwillow 1996 (56p)
In this challenging ABC book, each letter stands for a future object as in “A is for seed -- tomorrow's APPLE.”
Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?
by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow 1995 (32p)
Color photographs invite the viewer to guess how each object pictured is classified.


A String of Beads
by Margarette S. Reid
(Social Studies)
Dutton 1997 (32p)
Stringing beads into necklaces with her grandmother, a girl learns how people all over the world make and use different kinds of beads.
by Virginia Kroll
Boyds Mills 1997 (32p)
From painting and playing games to making music and joining together in friendship, alliterative verse reveals the ways in which people use their hands.
Lunch Bunnies
by Kathryn Lasky
Little 1996 (32p)
Clyde the bunny is ready to learn to read and write on his first day of school, but he worries about eating lunch in the cafeteria.
A Weed Is a Seed
by Ferida Wolff
Houghton 1996 (32p)
Rhyming verse shows a variety of objects and events--weeds, moths, wind, and rainfalls-- in both positive and negative lights.


Mother Goose Math
by Emily Bolam
Viking 1997 (32p)
This collection of classic nursery rhymes that include numbers introduces children to simple math concepts like addition and subtraction.
newWhat's What? A Guessing Game
by Mary Serfozo
McElderry 1996 (32p)
Illustrations and rhyming text provide examples of opposites like soft and hard and warm and cold, and describe how a puppy can be of these qualities at once.
Do Pigs Have Stripes?
by Melanie Walsh
Houghton 1996 (32p)
Bright paintings illustrate a series of questions about animals - “Does a bird have a big black wet nose?” - that become a guessing game.
Ms. MacDonald Has a Class
by Jan Omerod
Clarion 1996 (32p)
After a visit to a farm, Ms. MacDonald's class puts on a production of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”
Monster Manners
by Bethany Roberts
Clarion 1996 (32p)
A group of monsters demonstrate good and bad behavior.


School Bus (El autobús escolar)
by Donald Crews


Exactly the Opposite
by Tana Hoban
A You're Adorable
by Buddy Kaye, Sidney Lippman, and Fred Wise
How Many How Many How Many
by Cynthia Jabar
Timothy Goes to School
by Rosemary Wells
by Kevin Henkes
What Do You Like?
by Michael Grejniec
by Denise Fleming
Twenty-Six Letters and Ninety-Nine Cents
by Tana Hoban
All About You
by Catherine and Laurence Anholt
Feeling Things
by Allan Fowler


Feeling Things
by Allan Fowler