Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Dog In, Cat Out
by Gillian Rubinstein
Ticknor 1993 (32p)
The comings and goings of a family's cat and dog are part of the busy daily routine.
New Baby
by Emily Arnold McCully
Harper 1988 (32p)
In this wordless story, a new baby causes adjustment problems for the youngest mouse child.
Carl's Afternoon in the Park
by Alexandra Day
Farrar 1991 (32p)
The trusty rottweiler-cum-nanny, Carl, takes the baby for a romp in the park. Available in Spanish asCarlito en el parque una tarde.
A Summer Day
by Douglas Florian
Greenwillow 1988 (24p)
A city family spends a day in the country swimming, fishing, and playing.
Me Too
by Susan Winter
Dorling 1993 (32p)
A young girl likes to try to do all the things her big brother does.

EASY

Coco Can't Wait
by Taro Gomi
(Multicultural)
Puffin 1985 (32p); also paper
Coco and her grandmother are excited about spending the day together.
Time to Wake Up!
by Marisabina Russo
Greenwillow 1994 (24p)
A mother lovingly prods her son into getting up in the morning.
Whose Mouse Are You?
by Robert Kraus
Macmillan 1970 (32p); Aladdin 1986 paper
A mouse discovers how much his family loves him. Available in Spanish as¿De quién eres, ratoncito?
On a Hot, Hot Day
by Nicki Weiss
(Multicultural)
Putnam 1992 (24p)
Throughout the seasons, Angel and his mother spend time doing fun things together in their neighborhood.
Number Nine Duckling
by Susan Akass
Boyds Mills 1993 (26p)
His mother and eight siblings jump off a haystack, but scared Number Nine Duckling stays behind.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
by Maryann Kovalski
(Music)
Scholastic 1992 (32p)
Jenny and Joanna and their grandma enjoy an afternoon at a baseball game. Song included.
Leo the Late Bloomer
by Robert Kraus
Crowell 1971 (32p); Harper 1994 paper
After a slow start, Leo the tiger surprises everybody by blooming all at once.

AVERAGE

Con mi hermano/With My Brother
by Eileen Roe
(Multicultural)
Bradbury 1991 (32p)
A young boy tells why he admires his older brother. In English and Spanish.
Am I Beautiful?
by Else Holmelund Minarik
Greenwillow 1992 (32p)
Young Hippo gets loving reassurance from his mother that he's beautiful.
Are You My Mother?
by P. D. Eastman
Random 1960 (64p); also paper
A newly hatched bird goes looking for its mother. Available in Spanish as ¿Eres tú mi mamá?
Gramma's Walk
by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Greenwillow 1993 (32p)
Donnie and his grandmother, who is in a wheelchair, take an imaginary walk on the beach.
Feast for 10
by Cathryn Falwell
(Math)
Clarion 1993 (32p)
Ten hungry family members share a meal they all helped to shop for and prepare.
Jonathan and His Mommy
by Irene Smalls-Hector
(Multicultural)
Little 1992 (32p)
Walking through their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother try different steps, from crisscross steps to running steps.
Daddies
by Adele Aron Greenspun
(Multicultural)
Philomel 1992 (48p)
Photographs depict the special relationships daddies share with their children.
Eat Up, Gemma
by Sarah Hayes
(Multicultural) Lothrop 1988 (32p)
Baby Gemma refuses to eat anything, until her big brother comes up with a creative solution.
The Surprise Family
by Lynn Reiser
Greenwillow 1994 (32p)
A hen is surprised when ducklings hatch from her eggs.
Cubs and Colts and Calves and Kittens
by Allan Fowler
(Science/Health)
Childrens 1991 (32p)
Facts about familiar baby animals.

CHALLENGING

Geraldine's Baby Brother
by Holly Keller
Greenwillow 1994 (32p)
Geraldine feels resentful of all the attention her new brother Willie gets.
Tell Me a Story, Mama
by Angela Johnson
(Multicultural)
Orchard 1989 (32p)
Stories of her mother's childhood enthrall a young girl.
My Real Family
by Emily Arnold McCully
Browndeer 1994 (32p)
Sarah, the youngest member of the bear family, decides to run away from home.
Grandfather and I
by Helen E. Buckley
(Multicultural)
Lothrop 1994 (24p)
A young boy and his grandfather enjoy leisurely nature walks together.
Hazel's Amazing Mother
by Rosemary Wells
Dial 1985 (32p); also paper
Hazel's mother rescues her from some bullies. Available in Spanish asLa estupenda mamá de Roberta.
Sheila Rae, the Brave
by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow 1987 (32p)
When fearless Sheila Rae gets lost on her way home from school, her little sister saves the day.
Henry and Mudge and the Careful Cousin
by Cynthia Rylant
Bradbury 1994 (40p)
Henry and Mudge have fun when Cousin Annie visits, even though she's all dressed up.
Anna's Special Present
by Yoriko Tsutsui
(Multicultural)
Puffin 1990 (32p); also paper
Anna thinks her sister Katy is a nuisance, but when Katy goes to the hospital, Anna misses her terribly.
Grandpa Toad's Secret
by Keiko Kasza
Putnam 1995 (32p)
Little Toad's quick thinking saves Grandpa Toad from a huge monster.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems
by Mary Ann Hoberman
(Multicultural)
Little 1991 (32p)
This book of rhyming verse celebrates all kinds of families.
So Much
by Trish Cooke
(Multicultural)
Candlewick 1994 (32p)
When the relatives arrive for Daddy's birthday, they shower the baby with love.
By the Dawn's Early Light
by Karen Ackerman
(Multicultural)
Atheneum 1994 (32p)
Mom works through the night but arrives home in time to greet her family good morning. Available in Spanish asAl amanecer.
Grandmother's Nursery Rhymes/Las nanas de Abuelita
by Nelly Palacio Jaramillo
(Multicultural)
Holt 1994 (32p)
A collection of lullabies, riddles, and tongue twisters from South America. Text in English and Spanish.
Blueberries for Sal
by Robert McCloskey
Viking 1948 (64p); Puffin 1989 paper
A little girl and a bear cub picking blueberries mistake each other's mother for their own.
Uncle Elephant
by Arnold Lobel
Harper 1981 (64p); also paper
Uncle Elephant takes care of his nephew until the family is reunited. Available in Spanish asTío Elefante.

BOOKS FOR SHARED READING

Is Your Mama a Llama?
by Deborah Guarino
Scholastic 1989 (32p); also paper
A curious young llama questions his animal friends in this guessing game. Available in Spanish as¿Tu mamá es una llama?
Shoes from Grandpa
by Mem Fox
Orchard 1989 (32p); also paper
Jessie's family wants to buy her everything from socks to skirts, but all she really wants is a pair of jeans.
Mama, Do You Love Me?
by Barbara Joosse
(Multicultural)
Chronicle
An Inuit girl seeks reassurance of her mother's love.
Mother, Mother, I Want Another
by Maria Polushkin
Crown 1978 (32p); also paper
Mrs. Mouse asks other animal mothers to try to hush her baby at bedtime.