Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

newBest Friends Think Alike
by Lynn Reiser
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
Best friends Ruby and Beryl have a disagreement, but decide that playing together is better than playing alone.
Titch and Daisy
by Pat Hutchins
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
Titch feels uncomfortable at a birthday party where he doesn't know any of the other children until he sees his best friend Daisy.
A Bear for All Seasons
by Diane Marcial Fuchs
Holt 1995 (32p)
Bear tries to settle on his favorite season, but decides that the best times are being with his good friend Fox.
Carnival
by Robin Ballard
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1995 (24p)
Didi can't wait to see her friend Emma dance in the Carnival parade.

EASY

newBeezy
by Megan McDonald
(Multicultural)
Orchard 1997 (48p)
Beezy and her friend Merlin wait out a hurricane, find a dog, and make friends with a girl from the circus.
Wanted: Best Friend
by A. M. Monson
Dial 1997 (32p)
Cat advertises in the paper for a new playmate when his best friend, Mouse, refuses to play another game of checkers.
Friends Go Adventuring
by Helme Heine
McElderry 1995 (28p)
A mouse, a rooster, and a pig go off on their bicycle to seek adventure and then return to the farm and regale their friends with tales of their travels.
Heart to Heart
by George Shannon
Houghton 1996 (32p)
Squirrel makes a special Valentine's Day gift for his best friend Mole.

AVERAGE

newPoppleton and Friends
by Cynthia Rylant
Scholastic 1997 (48p)
In three brief, gently humorous stories, Poppleton pig enjoys adventures with his friends Hudson and Cherry Sue and discovers that friends are the secret to a long life.
Lionel and His Friends
by Stephen Krensky
Dial 1996 (48p)
In these stories, Lionel and his friends trade sandwiches at school, eavesdrop on Lionel's sister, and break a neighbor's window playing baseball.
The Gator Girls
by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson
Morrow 1995 (64p)
Thinking they are about to be separated, friends Amy and Allie Gator decide to squeeze all their summer plans into two days.
Ronald Morgan Goes to Camp
by Patricia Reilly Giff
Viking 1995 (32p)
Ronald Morgan goes to summer camp and gets a medal for being a good friend.
Gina
by Bernard Waber
Houghton 1995 (32p)
When Gina moves to a new apartment building, she discovers there are lots of boys but no girls to play with.
Best Friends Together Again
by Aliki
Greenwillow 1995 (32p)
When Robert's friend Peter comes back to visit after moving away, the old friends have as much fun as ever.

CHALLENGING

newHorrible Harry and the Dungeon
by Suzy Kline
Viking 1996 (58p)
Second-grader Harry gets himself sent to the suspension room so he can see what the teacher in charge keeps in his sinister black bag.
newSam Sunday and the Mystery at the Ocean Beach Hotel
by Robyn Supraner
Viking 1996 (32p)
Annoyed that his friends have forgotten his birthday, detective Sam Sunday investigates the disappearance of valuables at a hotel and discovers that the guests all seem oddly familiar.
Rockin' Reptiles
by Stephanie Calmenson
Morrow 1997 (80p)
Amy and Allie Gator's friendship is put to the test when their new neighbor Gracie, who has only one extra ticket to their favorite band's concert, invites both of them.
Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey
by Joy Cowley
(Multicultural)
Scholastic 1996 (32p)
Miguel becomes friends with a turkey that he is supposed to fatten for Thanksgiving.
Metropolitan Cow
by Tim Egan
Houghton 1996 (32p)
Despite his parents' disapproval, Bennet the cow makes friends with his new neighbor, Webster the pig.

Shared Reading

Sid and Sam
by Nola Buck
Harper 1996 (28p)
When friends Sid and Sam meet and sing a song together, Sid can't stop singing.
Be Bop-A-Do Walk!
by Sheila Hamanaka
(Multicultural)
Simon 1995 (32p)
Emi and her best friend Martha walk from Chinatown to Central Park with Emi's father.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

newCould We Be Friends? Poems for Pals
by Bobbi Katz
Mondo 1997 (32p)
This collection of poems describes all kinds of friendships, including those with other children, siblings, pets, and neighbors.
Creativity
by John Steptoe
(Multicultural)
Clarion 1997 (32p)
When Charles befriends Hector, a new kid from Puerto Rico, he learns that despite their differences, they share much in common, including their ethnic ancestry.
Gooseberry Park
by Cynthia Rylant
Harcourt 1995 (112p)
An unusual trio of friends work together to reunite a squirrel and her babies.
The Magic Moonberry Jump Ropes
by Dakari Hru
(Multicultural)
Dial 1996 (32p)
April and her sister have no one to jump double Dutch with until their uncle brings them hand-dyed jump ropes from Tanzania

Now Available in Paperback

newThe Gator Girls
by Stephanie Calmensen and Joanna Cole
Mulberry
Arthur's First Sleepover
by Marc Brown
Little
Mitchell Is Moving
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Aladdin
Together!
by George Ella Lyon
Orchard
Matthew and Tilly
by Rebecca C. Jones
Puffin
Arnie and the New Kid
by Nancy Carlson
Puffin
Jamaica and Brianna
by Juanita Havill
Houghton

Now Available in Spanish

Margaret and Margarita/Margarita y Margaret
by Lynn Reiser
Mulberry
Friends (Amigos)
by Helme Heine
Matthew And Tilly (Mateo y Mati)
by Rebecca C. Jones
Bein' With You This Way (La alegría de ser tú y yo)
by W. Nikola-Lisa
Lee & Low