Books For Independent Reading


The Squiggle
by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Crown 1996 (32p)
A Chinese girl who finds a piece of string on the sidewalk imagines that it is a dragon, a trail of fireworks, an acrobat, and a storm cloud.
What a Wonderful World
by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Simon 1995 (32p)
Ashley Bryan's bright pictures show children staging a puppet show in a song made famous by Louis Armstrong.
A Day at Damp Camp
by George Ella Lyon
Orchard 1996 (32p)
Rhyming word pairs describe the activities of two girls at summer camp.
I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me
by Jonathan London
Viking 1996 (32p)
In this adaptation of a nursery rhyme, a young boy greets the world around him.


newRainsong, Snowsong
by Philomen Sturges
North-South 1995 (32p)
Rhyming text and colorful collage pictures celebrate the pleasures of playing outdoors in summertime and in the wintertime.
Wet World
by Norma Simon
Candlewick 1995 (32p)
A young girl splashes her way through a wet day and returns to a warm home.
Outside, Inside
by Carolyn Crimini
Simon 1995 (32p)
Outside it's storming but inside Molly stays dry and plays happily with her cat in this book of contrasts.
Kente Colors
by Debbi Chocolate
Walker 1996 (32p)
Rhythmic verse describes the colors of the traditional kente cloth worn by people in Ghana.


newBeep! Beep! Oink! Oink! Animals in the City
by Patricia Casey
Candlewick 1997 (48p) (Social Studies)
Readers discover that all kinds of animals -- pigeons, dogs, squirrels, pigs, horses, and rabbits -- can be found living in the city.
The Paperboy
by Dav Pilkey
Orchard 1996 (32p)
A paperboy wakes up in the dark of early morning and, accompanied by his dog, happily rides his bike to deliver the Saturday paper to the houses on his route.
Sun Song
by Jean Marzollo
Harper 1995 (32p)
Gentle verse describes how the sun wakes animals in the morning, rises high over the crops at noon, and slips away at dusk.
This Is the Way We Eat Our Lunch: A Book About Children Around the World
by Edith Baer
Scholastic 1995 (32p)
Rhyming couplets reveal the kinds of food children around the world eat for lunch.


newFarmer's Market
by Paul Brett Johnson
(Social Studies)
Orchard 1997 (32p)
On summer Saturdays, Laura goes to the farmer's market to help sell her family's produce and to play with a friend.
newMy Visit to the Zoo
by Aliki
(Social Studies)
Harper 1997 (32p)
Two cousins visiting a zoo/conservation park tour a primate house, a rain forest, and other exhibits, and learn how zoos care for and help to protect endangered species.
Children Just Like Me
by Barnabas and Annabel Kindersley
Dorling 1995 (80p)
Readers are introduced to children in different parts of the world through color photographs and text that describes what their daily life is like.
El gusto del mercado mexicano/A Taste of the Mexican Market
by Nancy María Grande Tabor
Charlesbridge 1996 (32p) also paper
Readers go on a shopping trip to a Mexican market where they buy all the ingredients for a special meal. Text in English and Spanish.
C Is for City
by Nikki Grimes
Lothrop 1995 (32p)
A rhyme describes many of the things that the letters of the alphabet can stand for in a city.


newLight the Candle! Bang the Drum! A Book of Holidays from Around the World
by Ann Morris
Dutton 1997 (32p)
Simple descriptions of twenty-four cultural and religious holidays and how they are celebrated around the world.
by Ted Lewin
Lothrop 1996 (32p)
Luminous watercolors capture the bustle and excitement of market day in different countries around the world.
Children Just Like Me: Our Favorite Stories
by Jamila Gavin
Dorling 1997 (48p)
Ten of the children featured in Children Just Like Me introduce some of the most popular tales from their cultures.
Down the Road
by Alice Schertle
Harcourt 1995 (40p)
An apple tree bearing ripe fruit distracts Hetty from going straight home with the dozen eggs she has been sent out to buy on her first solo trip to the store.
Market Day
by Eve Bunting
Harper 1996 (32p)
In this lively story, market day in an Irish village swirls with activity.


newAround the Pond: Who's Been Here?
by Lindsay Barrett George
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
As William and Cammy follow a pondside trail to pick blueberries, they see evidence of and try to guess the identity of the unseen animals that have been there before them.
Down By the River
by Grace Hallworth
Scholastic 1996 (32p)
The Afro-Caribbean rhymes, games, and songs in this lively collection have been passed down by generations of children from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Rush Hour
by Christine Loomis
(Social Studies)
Houghton 1996 (32p)
In a rhythmic celebration of the workday commute, a city bustles to life as people rush to work in the morning and then home again in the evening.
by Charles Temple
Houghton 1996 (32p)
A train chuffs and clacks and rolls down the tracks in this rythmic train ride.


The Little House (La casita)
by Virginia Burton


Wet World
by Norma Simon
Sun Song
by JeanMarzollo
Like Me and You
by Raffi
Sing a Song of People
by Lois Lenski
One Smiling Grandma: A Caribbean Counting Book
by Ann Marie Linden
It Could Still Be Water
by Allan Fowler
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
by Bill Martin, Jr.


It Could Still Be Water
by Allan Fowler
by Donald Crews
Taking a Walk: A Book in Two Languages/Caminando: un libro en dos lenguas
by Rebecca Emberley
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
by Bill Martin, Jr.
I Am Eyes/Ni Macho
by Leila Ward
Elephants Aloft
by Kathi Appelt
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats