Books For Independent Reading

VERY EASY

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
(Multicultural)
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
(Multicultural)
Candlewick 1994 (24p)
In rhyming text, a young boy introduces his seven cheerful aunties.

EASY

Celebrating Families
by Rosmarie Hausherr
(Multicultural)
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.

AVERAGE

newLots of Dads
by Shelley Rotner
(Multicultural)
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
(Multicultural)
Dial 1996 (32p)
Color photographs and simple text show mothers participating in all kinds of activities with their children.
Sunday
by Synthia Saint James
(Multicultural)
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
(Multicultural)
Houghton 1995 (32p)
Mistaking drops of rain for a baby's tears, an extended family tries to cheer the baby up.

CHALLENGING

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
(Multicultural)
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.

SHARED READING

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.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

Kele's Secret
by Tololwa Mollel
(Multicultural)
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
(Multicultural)
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
(Multicultural)
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
(Multicultural)
Orchard 1995 (32p)
Lizzie spends a happy day at work with her mother, who is a children's librarian.

NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK

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

NOW AVAILABLE AS A BIG BOOK

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

NOW OUT-OF-PRINT

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