Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

I Am Sharing
by Mercer Mayer
Random 1995 (24p)
Little Critter shares some of his favorite things with his little sister.
What I Like
by Laurence and Catherine Anholt
Putnam 1991 (32p)
Six active children share their likes and dislikes.
Tree House Fun
by Rose Greydanus
Troll 1980 (32p); also paper
A boy shares his tree house with some animal friends.
Monster and the Baby
by Virginia Mueller
Whitman 1985 (24p)
Puffin 1988 paper
Monster tries to quiet his baby sister's crying by giving her colored blocks.

EASY

Pass the Fritters, Critters
by Cheryl Chapman
Four Winds 1993 (32p)
A boy learns polite table manners from his animals friends.
We Can Share It!
by Sarah Tatler
Harper 1995 (16p)
Animal friends share many things together.
The Wheels on the Bus
by Raffi
(Music)
Crown 1990 (32p); also paper
All kinds of people share a noisy, bouncy, busy ride across town in this song.
It's My Birthday
by Helen Oxenbury
Candlewick 1994 (24p)
After animals help a child gather ingredients for a cake, they all share in the delicious celebration.
Mushroom in the Rain
by Mirra Ginsburg
Macmillan 1988 (32p); Aladdin 1990 paper
An ant escaping the rain shares his mushroom shelter with other animals.
One Light, One Sun
by Raffi
(Multicultural)
Crown 1988 (32p); also paper
Three different families in the same neighborhood share much in common.
My Brown Bear Barney
by Dorothy Butler
Greenwillow 1989 (24p)
A young girl takes her teddy bear everywhere she goes.
Frog, Duck, and Rabbit
by Susanna Gretz
Four Winds 1992 (32p)
Three friends discover the need to cooperate as they make a costume for a parade.
Busy Monday Morning
by Janina Domanska
(Music)
Greenwillow 1985 (32p)
A young boy and his father work in the fields together each day in this Polish folk song.

AVERAGE

It's Mine
by Leo Lionni
Knopf 1986 (32p)
Three quarrelsome frogs learn about cooperation and sharing.
Where's My Share?
by Valerie Greeley
Macmillan 1990 (32p)
Mouse's question is the catalyst for the story of how wheat becomes bread.
Frog and Toad Together
by Arnold Lobel
Harper 1972 (64p); also paper
Friends Frog and Toad share some extraordinary adventures. Available in Spanish asSapo y Sepo inseparables.
A Winter Walk
by Lynne Barash
Ticknor 1993 (32p)
During a winter walk, close observation reveals surprising discoveries for a girl and her mother.
Helping Out
by George Ancona
(Multicultural)
Clarion 1991 (48p); also paper
Black-and-white photographs show children helping adults perform different types of jobs.
Floppy Teddy Bear
by Patricia Lillie
Greenwillow 1995 (32p)
A big sister's favorite bear is also the toy her little sister wants the most.
Daisy's Garden
by Mordicai Gerstein and Susan Yard Harris
Hyperion 1995 (32p)
Daisy and her animal friends plant, tend, and harvest a garden, and then share a picnic together.
Potluck
by Anne Shelby
(Multicultural)
Orchard 1991 (32p); also paper
After bringing dishes from around the world in alphabetic order to a potluck dinner, friends share in the feast.

CHALLENGING

The Wolf's Chicken Stew
by Keiko Kasza
Putnam 1987 (32p); also paper
A grateful chicken family's misinterpretation of a wolf's generosity leads him to have a change of heart.
The Little Red Hen
by Margot Zemach
Farrar 1983 (32p); also paper
A hen teaches her friends an important lesson about helping others. Available in Spanish asLa gallinita roja.
Three Bags Full
by Ragnhild Scammel
Orchard 1993 (32p)
Millie the sheep gives up her wool to help warm her animal friends.
When I Am Old With You
by Angela Johnson
(Multicultural)
Orchard 1990 (32p); also paper
A young boy imagines being old with his grandaddy and all the special times they'd share.
Dad and Me in the Morning
by Patricia Lakin
Whitman 1994 (32p)
A hearing-impaired boy and his dad share an early morning beach walk to see the sun rise.
Grandma's Garden
by Elaine Moore
Lothrop 1994 (32p)
Kim shares with her grandma springtime joys that include planting a garden and flying a kite.
I'll Always Love You
by Hans Wilhelm
Crown 1988 (32p); also paper
After his dog dies, a little boy affectionately remembers how they shared many experiences together. Available in Spanish asYo siempre te querré.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

What Mary Jo Shared
by Janice May Udry
(Multicultural)
Whitman 1966 (32p); Scholastic 1991 paper
A shy first-grader brings her dad to school for show and tell.
How Iwariwa the Cayman Learned to Share
by George Crespo
(Multicultural)
Clarion 1995 (32p)
Iwariwa the Cayman learns to share with the other animals in this Yanomami myth.
Zinnia and Dot
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Viking 1992 (32p); Puffin 1995 paper
Two feuding hens agree to share the hatching of one egg that remains after a weasel attack.
Papa Tells Chita a Story
by Elizabeth Fitzgerald
(Multicultural)
Howard Simon 1995 (32p)
Papa and Chita share a special storytelling time together.
It Takes a Village
by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
(Multicultural)
Scholastic 1994 (32p)
Yemi learns that everyone in her village shares responsibility for looking after her brother.

BOOKS FOR SHARED READING

Lizard's Song
by George Shannon
(Music)
Greenwillow 1981 (32p); Mulberry paper
Lizard shares his special song with Bear, but Bear can't seem to remember it. Available in Spanish asLa canción del lagarto.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Harper 1985 (32p); Scholastic 1993 paper
When a boy gives a mouse a cookie, the consequences are funny and unexpected.
What Makes Me Happy?
by Catherine and Laurence Anholt
(Multicultural)
Candlewick 1995 (32p)
Children share what makes them happy, sad, mad, and glad.
The Bossy Gallito/El gallo de bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale
by Lucía M. González
(Multicultural)
Scholastic 1994 (32p)
A bossy rooster learns to ask nicely for help. In English and Spanish.
Is It Time?
by Marilyn Janovitz
North-South 1994 (32p)
A wolf cub and his father make bedtime into a playful, shared ritual.