Books For Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Bowl Patrol!
by Marilyn Janovitz
North-South 1996 (32p)
Rhyming word pairs tell the story of how a dog, after protecting her water dish from several animals, relents and shares with a kitten.
Who Stole the Cookies?
by Judith Moffat
Grosset 1996 (32p)
A girl and her animal friends discover that Bear has eaten all of the cookies in the cookie jar, but together they bake more and share the treats.
Sweet Potato Pie
by Anne Rockwell
Random 1996 (32p)
When Grandma bakes some sweet potato pies, everyone shares in eating them.

EASY

newStar of the Circus
by Michael and Marybeth Sampson
Holt 1997 (32p)
A group of talented circus animals all learn to share the spotlight in this repetitive, predictable story.
The Shopping Basket
by John Burningham
(Math)
Candlewick (32p) also paper
A jaunt to the store for groceries turns into an adventure when a boy encounters a bothersome bear and other animals who all want something from his shopping basket.
The Little Cat and the Greedy Old Woman
by Joan Rankin
McElderry 1995 (32p)
After a greedy old woman spends the day cooking and ignores her hungry cat, the cat teaches the woman a lesson about sharing.
Giving
by Shirley Hughes
Candlewick 1993 (24p) also paper
A young child explains what the concept of giving means to her.

AVERAGE

newSharing Time Troubles
by Grace Maccarone
Scholastic paper 1997 (32p)
Sam is embarrassed that he has nothing to share for show-and-tell until his pesky little brother gives him an idea.
Matilda the Moocher
by Diana Cain Blumenthal
Orchard 1997 (32p)
When Libby rides Matilda's bike, uses her art supplies, and wears her favorite socks one too many times, Matilda finally gets fed up with Libby's idea of sharing.
My New Sandbox
by Donna Jakob
Hyperion 1996 (32p)
A boy refuses to share his sandbox with a bug, a bird, a dog, and a girl, but he finds that he's lonely when they're gone.
I Like Me!
by Deborah Connor Coker
(Multicultural)
Golden 1995 (24p)
A young girl shares all the things she likes about herself.
Albert's Ballgame
by Leslie Tryon
Atheneum 1996 (32p)
When springtime comes to Pleasant Valley, everyone shares in the fun of playing, coaching, or watching baseball.

CHALLENGING

newGinger
by Charlotte Voake
Candlewick 1997 (32p)
A tabby cat learns to share the affections of his owner when the little girl brings a frisky kitten home.
newJuice the Pig
by Martine Oborne
Holt 1997 (32p)
Juice the pig learns the joy of sharing all of his many hats - big, small, floppy, and striped - with his friends.
Mrs. Rose's Garden
by Elaine Greenstein
Simon 1996 (26p)
After Mrs. Rose secretly shares the huge vegetables she grows with a special fertilizer with her friends, they all win blue ribbons at the county fair.
Chubbo's Pool
by Betsy Lewin
(Science)
Clarion 1996 (32p)
A selfish hippo named Chubbo who won't let the other animals cool themselves off in his pool finally learns to share.
Mom and Me
by John Kaplan
(Multicultural)
Scholastic 1996 (32p)
Three young children talk about sharing work and play with their moms in this photoessay.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

One of Each
by Maryann Hoberman
Little 1997 (32p)
In a story told in rhyming verse, a dog named Oliver Tolliver, who lives alone in his home with just one of everything, discovers it's more fun sharing things with friends.
newThis Is Our House
by Michael Rosen
(Multicultural)
Candlewick 1996 (24p)
George learns a lesson in sharing after taking over a house that a group of neighborhood children made from a cardboard box.
How Mr. Monkey Saw the Whole World
by Walter Dean Myers
(Multicultural)
Doubleday 1996 (32p)
During a famine, greedy Mr. Buzzard tricks the other animals into giving him all their food, but Mr. Monkey foils his plans.
Ogbo: Sharing Life in an African Village
by Ifeoma Onyefulu
(Multicultural)
Harcourt 1996 (32p)
An African girl named Obiona relates how members of an ogbo, or age group, share friendship, work, and lifelong bonds.
Badger's Bring Something Party
by Oram Hiawyn
Lothrop 1995 (26p)
Badger invites all the animals in the forest to bring something to share at his party.

SHARED READING

Can I Help?
by Marilyn Janovitz
North-South 1996 (32p)
A wolf cub offers to help his father with the gardening, with mixed results.

NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Si le das una galletita a un ratón)
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Harper Arco Iris
The Wolf's Chicken Stew (El estofado del lobo)
by Keiko Kasza
Is It Time? (¿Es hora?)
by Marilyn Janovitz
Ediciones Norte-Sur

NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK

newWho Stole the Cookies?
by Judith Moffat
Grosset
Daisy's Garden
by Mordicai Gerstein
Hyperion
It's Mine
by Leo Lionni
Knopf

NOW AVAILABLE AS A BIG BOOK

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Scholastic.

NOW OUT-OF-PRINT

What I Like
by Catherine and Laurence Anholt