Books for Independent Reading


Exactly the Opposite
by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow 1990 (32p)
Stunning photos explore the concept of opposites.
What Do You Like?
by Michael Grejniec
North-South 1992 (32p)
A boy and a girl take turns telling what they like. Available in Spanish as ¿Qué te gusta?
by Denise Fleming
Holt 1992 (32p)
Bouncing, jumping, wiggling animals invite the reader to count.
by Emily Arnold McCully
Harper 1987 (32p); also paper
In this wordless story, a little mouse follows his brothers and sisters to school.
Sense Suspense: A Guessing Game for the Five Senses
by Bruce McMillan
Scholastic 1994 (32p)
On a lush Caribbean island, children are challenged by intriguing visual puzzles.
Twenty-Six Letters and Ninety-Nine Cents
by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow 1987 (32p)
Brilliant colors, shapes, and objects present the alphabet, numbers, and coins.


Afro-Bets 123 Book
by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Just Us Books 1987 (32p) paper
Children's knowledge of the numbers 1 through 10 is reinforced with simple words and pictures.
A You're Adorable
by Buddy Kaye, Sidney Lippman, and Fred Wise
Candlewick 1994 (32p)
A lively group of children romp their way through this alphabet song.
Monster Goes to School
by Virginia Mueller
Whitman 1991 (24p)
When Monster goes to school, he has a surprising day.
I Am
by Rita Milios
Childrens 1987 (32p) paper
Children playing together describe themselves in terms of opposites and similarities. Available in Spanish as Yo soy.
Museum Colors
by Gisela Voss
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1993 (24p)
Images from the museum's collections present a delightful exploration of colors.
School Bus
by Donald Crews
Greenwillow 1984 (32p); Mulberry 1987 paper
A yellow bus takes children across town to school and home again.
Soccer Game
by Grace Maccarone
Scholastic 1994 (32p) paper
Two teams run and play hard together on the soccer field.
Tails Toes Eyes Ears Nose
by Marilee Robin Burton
Harper 1988 (32p); also paper
Readers use parts of the body as clues in a guessing game.
How Many How Many How Many
by Cynthia Jabar
Candlewick 1994 (32p)
As children count from 1 to 12, they learn the names of the seasons, the colors of the rainbow, and more.


Two Eyes, a Nose, and a Mouth
by Roberta Grobel Intrater
Cartwheel 1995 (32p)
Photographs of people of all races illustrate their similarities and differences.
What Can It Be? Riddles About the Senses
by Jacqueline A. Ball
Silver 1989 (32p)
Riddles and rhymes introduce children to facts about the senses.
School Days
by B.G. Hennessy
Viking 1990 (32p); also paper
Many aspects of a school day are presented in this rhyming text.
All About You
by Catherine and Laurence Anholt
Viking 1992 (32p)
Simple questions and jaunty illustrations invite children to think about who they are.
Feeling Things
by Allan Fowler
Childrens 1991 (32p)
This book descripes how our sense of touch helps us understand our surroundings. Available in Spanish asLo que sientes al tocar.
Harry Gets Ready for School
by Harriet Ziefert
Viking 1991 (32p); also paper
Harry's preparations for his first day of school include visiting the dentist and shopping for school supplies.
I Need a Lunch Box
by Jeannette Caines
Harper 1988 (32p); also paper
A boy longs for his own lunch box, although it's his sister who's starting school.
Mary Had a Little Lamb
by Sara Josepha Hale
Scholastic 1990 (32p); also paper
The classic verse is retold here, reinvigorated by color photos taken at a New England school.


My New School
by Harriet Hains
Dorling 1992 (21p)
Children share the excitement and challenge of school experiences.
Counting Jenny
by Helena Clare Pittman
Carolrhoda 1994 (48p)
On the way to school, Jenny keeps a running count of everything and everybody.
Oliver Pig at School
by Jean Van Leeuwen
Dial 1990 (48p); Puffin 1994 paper
Five stories portray a young pig adjusting to school.
This Is the Way We Go to School
by Edith Baer
Scholastic 1990 (32p); also paper
Children around the world use all manner of transportation to get to school. Available in Spanish asAsí vamos a la escuela.
I Can Tell by Touching
by Carolyn Otto
Harper 1994 (32p); also paper
Readers discover how the sense of touch helps to identify everyday objects and familiar surroundings.
Zack's Alligator Goes to School
by Shirley Mozelle
Harper 1994 (64p)
When Zack takes his alligator key chain to school for show-and-tell, it grows to the size of a real alligator and creates chaos.
Timothy Goes to School
by Rosemary Wells
Dial 1981 (32p)
A know-it-all classmate dulls Timothy's enthusiasm for starting school until he meets a friend. Available in Spanish asTimoteo va a la escuela.


Busy Bea
by Nancy Poydar
McElderry 1994 (32p)
Bea is always forgetting her belongings at school, but she knows just where to find things for her grandmother.
by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow 1991 (32p)
Though she loves her beautiful name, Chrysanthemum is miserable at school until she meets a special teacher. Available in Spanish as Crisantemo.
Harry and Willy and Carrothead
by Judith Caseley
Greenwillow 1991 (24p)
Three boys gradually become friends in their first grade classroom.
Rise and Shine, Mariko-Chan!
by Chiyoko Tomioka
Scholastic 1992 (32p) paper
The youngest in the family prepares for her day at school.
by Barney Saltzberg
Hyperion 1994 (32p)
Phoebe finally brings her own collection to school instead of her parents' well-intentioned offerings.
What Will Mommy Do When I'm at School?
by Dolores Johnson
Macmillan 1990 (32p)
A young girl shares her concerns about her mom when the school year begins.


Clap Your Hands
by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
Putnam 1992 (32p)
Children and their animal friends spin, roar, reach, and giggle in a playful exploration of body movement.
Dinosaur Roar!
by Paul and Henrietta Strickland
Dutton 1994 (32p)
Pairs of hungry dinosaurs illustrate the concept of opposites.
Here Are My Hands
by Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault
Holt 1987 (32p); also paper
Lively children tell about different parts of their bodies.
One by One: Garth Pig's Rain Song
by Mary Rayner
Dutton 1994 (24p)
On an adventurous trek up the hill to home, ten piglets just barely escape a storm.
There's a Cow in the Road
by Reeve Lindbergh
Dial 1993 (32p)
A girl has an unusual assortment of companions while waiting for the school bus.