Books For Independent Reading


Flannel Kisses
by Linda Crotta Brennan
Houghton 1997 (32p)
After a snowstorm a brother and sister spend a happy day playing outdoors, eating warm meals, and reading a story before going off to bed.
We're Making Breakfast for Mother
by Shirley Neitzel
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
In this cumulative rebus story, two children and their father prepare breakfast in bed for their mother, but it doesn't turn out quite the way they intended.
Uno, Dos, Tres: One, Two, Three
by Pat Mora
Clarion 1996 (32p)
At a Mexican market,two sisters shop for a birthday present for their mother in this rhyming counting story. Text in English and Spanish.
Snazzy Aunties
by Nick Sharrat
Candlewick 1994 (24p)
In rhyming text, a young boy introduces his seven cheerful aunties.


Celebrating Families
by Rosmarie Hausherr
Scholastic 1997 (32p)
In this photo essay, eighteen children and their families are featured engaged in everyday activities and talking about their likes and dislikes.
Pie's in the Oven
by Betty G. Birney
Houghton 1996 (32p)
Lured by the smell of her baking, everyone gathers at Grandma's house for a piece of her delicious apple pie.
Big Help!
by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Clarion 1995 (32p)
Sam's little sister Lucy wants to help him with everything he does.


newLots of Dads
by Shelley Rotner
Dial 1997 (32p)
Color photographs and simple text show dads engaged in activities from working to playing with their children.
newLots of Moms
by Shelley Rotner
Dial 1996 (32p)
Color photographs and simple text show mothers participating in all kinds of activities with their children.
by Synthia Saint James
Whitman 1996 (32p)
After a delicious breakfast and a trip to church, an extended African American family spends Sunday afternoon together.
Geraldine First
by Holly Keller
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
Geraldine is at her wit's end with her little brother, who insists on copying everything she does.
A Drop of Rain
by Wong Herbert Yee
Houghton 1995 (32p)
Mistaking drops of rain for a baby's tears, an extended family tries to cheer the baby up.


Rex and Lilly Family Time
by Laurie Krasny Brown
Little 1995 (32p) also paper
In three brief stories, brother and sister dinosaurs Rex and Lilly plan a surprise for their mother's birthday, hire a robot to help them clean, and try to decide on what kind of pet to get.
Five Little Monkeys With Nothing to Do
by Eileen Christelow
Clarion 1996 (32p)
Five bored monkeys help their mama clean the house and pick berries for Grandma Bessie's visit, only to discover a surprise when their grandma finally arrives.
Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope
by Ginger Gordon
Clarion 1996 (32p)
Nine-year-old Anthony Reynoso learns to rope and ride Mexican Rodeo style from his father.
D.W. the Picky Eater
by Marc Brown
Little 1995 (32p)
D.W., Arthur the aardvark's little sister, finds all sorts of mischievous ways to avoid the food she doesn't like to eat.


To the Tub
by Peggy Perry Anderson
Houghton 1996 (32p)
While his father tries to get him to take a bath, Joe the frog procrastinates by gathering up all of his toys to take with him.
Cousin Ruth's Tooth
by Amy MacDonald
Houghton 1996 (32p)
Cousin Ruth is missing her tooth and the whole family tries to help her find it.


Kele's Secret
by Tololwa Mollel
Lodestar 1997 (32p)
In a story set in Tanzania, a young boy named Yoanes discovers the secret place where his grandmother's most unusual hen is laying its eggs.
A Ride on Mother's Back
by Emery and Durga Bernhard
Harcourt 1996 (32p)
A look at how people from Guatemala, Bali, West Africa, Thailand, and other countries carry their babies while they work and play.
Uh-oh! It's Mama's Birthday!
by Naturi Thomas
Whitman 1997 (32p)
Jason spends his allowance on jelly bears and a balloon for his mother's birthday, but when he eats the candy and the balloon floats away, he has only a hug to give his mama, which is the gift she wants most.
Aunt Isabel Makes Trouble
by Kate Duke
Dutton 1996 (32p)
As Aunt Isabel tells her niece Penelope a story, Penelope helps to make the story exciting by adding unexpected twists and turns.
Red Light, Green Light, Mama and Me
by Cari Best
Orchard 1995 (32p)
Lizzie spends a happy day at work with her mother, who is a children's librarian.


Feast for Ten
by Cathryn Falwell
Jonathan and His Mommy
by Irene Smalls -- Hector
Eat Up, Gemma
by Sarah Hayes
Cubs and Colts and Calves and Kittens
by Allan Fowler
Tell Me a Story, Mama
by Angela Johnson
Sheila Rae, the Brave
by Kevin Henkes
Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems
by Mary Ann Hoberman


Cubs and Colts and Calves and Kittens
by Allan Fowler
Hazel's Amazing Mother
by Rosemary Wells
Whose Mouse Are You?
by Robert Kraus
Mama, Do You Love Me?
by Barbara Joosse
Is Your Mama a Llama?
by Deborah Guarino


Am I Beautiful?
by Else Holmelund Minarik
A Summer Day
by Douglas Florian
The New Baby
by Emily Arnold McCully
On a Hot, Hot Day
by Nicki Weiss