Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Dots, Spots, Speckles, and Stripes
by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow l987 (32p)
Readers discover patterns in unexpected places.
Truck
by Donald Crews
Greenwillow l980 (32p)
Puffin l985 paper
A truckload of tricycles journeys across the country.
Shadows and Reflections
by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow l990 (32p)
Intriguing patterns encourage visual exploration.
At the Zoo
by Douglas Florian
(Science/Health)
Greenwillow l992 (32p)
An outing at the zoo is described in simple verse.
Going for a Walk
by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Harper 1993 (24p)
A little girl goes for a walk and finds a friend.
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
(Multicultural)
Viking 1962 (32p) Puffin paper
An African American boy named Peter plays outside in the snow. Available in Spanish asUn día de nieve.
I Read Signs
by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow 1983 (32p) Mulberry paper
Words identify familiar scenes.
Nature Walk
by Douglas Florian
(Science/Health)
Greenwillow l989 (32p)
A walk in the woods offers unexpected sights and sounds.
Like Me and You
by Raffi
(Multicultural)
Crown 1994 (32p)
This song about children all over the world emphasizes their similarities.

AVERAGE

A Day in the Desert
Willowisp 1994 (22p)
First-grade authors and illustrators describe the Mojave Desert.
Houses and Homes
by Ann Morris
(Multicultural)
Lothrop 1992 (28p)
A photographic look at houses around the world.
City Street
by Douglas Florian
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow l990 (32p)
The city bustles with people and activity.
Bus Stops
by Taro Gomi
Chronicle 1988 (32p)
A bus follows its daily route through town, picking up and letting off passengers.
Elephants Aloft
by Kathi Appelt
Harcourt l993 (40p)
Two elephants are off on a delightful balloon adventure.
The Trek
by Ann Jonas
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1985 (32p); Mulberry paper
On a walk to school, a girl's imagination tranforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Available in Spanish asEl trayecto.
Hoot, Howl, Hiss
by Michelle Koch
(Science/Health)
Greenwillow 1991 (24p)
Woods, farm, jungle, and mountains are alive with animal sounds.
One Smiling Grandma: A Caribbean Counting Book
by Ann Marie Linden
(Multicultural)
Dial 1992 (32p)
A girl explores the lush sights and sounds of her island home.
Otters Under Water
by Jim Arnosky
(Science/Health)
Putnam l991 (32p)
Two otters play in the pond while their mother watches.
Sing a Song of People
by Lois Lenski
(Multicultural)
Little l987 (32p)
A tremendous variety of people are busy in the city.
The Earth and I
by Frank Asch
Gulliver 1994 (32p)
A boy details his respect for the world around him.
Tools
by Ann Morris
(Multicultural)
Lothrop l992 (32p)
This photo-essay shows people around the world using tools in many ways.
Traffic: A Book of Opposites
by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
Crown 1991 (32p)
A little car makes a long journey home.
The Wild Woods
by Simon James
Candlewick 1993 (26p)
Jess and her grandfather follow a squirrel into the woods.

CHALLENGING

Have You Seen Trees?
by Joanne Oppenheim
Scholastic 1995 (32p)
A celebration of trees throughout the seasons.
I Am Eyes /Ni Macho
by Lelia Ward
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow l978 (32p); Scholastic l987 paper
Waking in the morning, a girl in Kenya names things she sees.
Squish! A Wetland Walk
by Nancy Luenn
(Science/Health)
Atheneum 1994 (32p)
A child exhuberantly explores the plant and animal life of a wetland.
Mr. Gumpy's Motorcar
by John Burningham
Crowell 1976 (32p)
Mr. Gumpy and a group of friends go out for a drive and run into trouble.
Our Yard Is Full of Birds
by Anne Rockwell
(Science/Health)
Macmillan 1992 (32p)
A boy observes the different birds in his yard through the changing seasons.
It Could Still Be Water
by Allan Fowler
(Science/Health)
Childrens 1992 (32p)
An exploration of the many forms and uses of water. Available in Spanish asY aún podría ser agua.
The Acorn's Story
by Valerie Greeley
(Science/Health)
Macmillan 1994 (32p)
In this circular story, an acorn grows into a mighty oak tree.
Away From Home
by Anita Lobel
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1994 (32p)
Take a grand journey in this round-the-world alphabet adventure.
Max Found Two Sticks
by Brian Pinkney
(Multicultural)
Simon 1994 (32p)
Max taps out the rhythms he hears around him.
Taking a Walk: A Book in Two Languages/ Caminando: un libro en dos lenguas
by Rececca Emberley
Little 1990 (32p)
1994 paper
A walk through the neighborhood. In English and Spanish.
Wake Up, City
by Alvin Tresselt
Lothrop 1990 (32p)
Across the city, the morning sky brightens as the day begins.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS TO READ ALOUD

This House Is Made of Mud
by Ken Buchanan
(Multicultural)
Northland 1994 (32p) paper
A poem celebrates a house and its surroundings. In English and Spanish.
All Eyes on the Pond
by Michael J. Rosen
(Science/Health)
Hyperion 1994 (32p)
Readers see a pond through the eyes of the creatures that live there.
The Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton
Houghton 1978 paper
A city moves closer and closer to a little house that was once in the country.
Where Are You Going, Manyoni?
by Catherine Stock
(Multicultural)
Morrow 1993 (32p)
Crossing the African veld on her way to school, Manyoni sees many interesting animals.
Country Fair
by Gail Gibbons
(Social Studies)
Little 1994 (32p)
A chronicle of the sights, sounds, and tastes of a country fair.

BOOKS FOR SHARED READING

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
by Bill Martin, Jr.
Holt 1991 (24p)
Zoo animals playfully tell about the other animal sounds they hear.
Who Is Tapping at My Window?
by A. G. Deming
Puffin 1994 (24p) paper
In this poem, Rain asks a variety of animals a question.
Does a Mouse Have a House?
by Anne Miranda
(Science/Health)
Bradbury 1994 (32p)
Rhyming verse tells where different animals make their homes.