Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

The Cow That Went OINK
by Bernard Most
Harcourt 1990 (32p)
A cow that oinks and a pig that moos teach each other the words they know. Available in Spanish as La vaca que decía OINK.
I Pretend
by Heidi Goennel
Tambourine 1995 (32p)
A child's imagination turns ordinary moments into adventures.
Dinner at the Panda Palace
by Stephanie Calmenson
(Math)
Harper 1995 (32p) paper
All kinds of hungry animals show up at the Panda Palace for a hearty meal.
The Wizard
by Bill Martin, Jr.
Harcourt 1994 (32p)
A wizard casts a spell that eventually causes his own disappearance.

EASY

Night Becomes Day
by Richard McGuire
Viking 1994 (32p)
Night evolves into day and back again.
The Napping House
by Don and Audrey Wood
Harcourt 1984 (32p) paper
A flea wakes everyone from their slumber on a cozy bed.
Mouse TV
by Matt Novak
Orchard 1994 (32p)
When their TV goes blank, the mouse family discovers the fun of doing things.
The Vegetables Go to Bed
by Christopher King
Crown 1994 (32p)
Each vegetable in the garden prepares for sleep in its own way.
Cat-Fish
by Jill Newton
Lothrop 1992 (24p)
Winston, a fisherman's cat, decides to try living in the ocean.

AVERAGE

A Most Unusual Lunch
by Robert Bender
Dial 1994 (32p)
When a hungry frog swallows a beetle, it sets off a series of unusual events.
Animals Don't Wear Pajamas: A Book About Sleeping
by Eve B. Feldman
(Science/Health)
Holt 1991 (32p)
A look at the unusual sleeping habits of sixteen different animals.
Komodo!
by Peter Sís
Greenwillow 1993 (32p)
A boy goes to an Indonesian island, where he finds the Komodo dragon.
Mrs. Merriwether's Musical Cat
by Carol Purdy
Putnam 1994 (32p)
A stray cat has a surprising effect on Mrs. Merriwether's piano students.
The Mysterious Tadpole
by Steven Kellogg
Dial 1977 (32p); 1979 paper
Louis's tadpole turns into a Loch Ness monster.
When Bluebell Sang
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Bradbury 1989 (32p); Macmillan paper 1992
A cow named Bluebell gains fame and fortune with her wonderful singing voice.
How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty
by Nathan Zimelman
(Math)
Whitman 1992 (32p)
A second grade class raises money to visit the Statue of Liberty.
The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down
by Paul Brett Johnson
Orchard 1993 (32p)
Miss Rosemary resorts to trickery to get her flying cow, Gertrude, back on the ground.
The Day the Goose Got Loose
by Reeve Lindbergh
Dial 1990 (32p)
A goose causes comical chaos in the farmyard when it flies away from its coop.
Martha Calling
by Susan Meddaugh
Houghton 1994 (32p)
Martha the dog wins a vacation at an inn where no dogs are allowed.
Gertrude the Bulldog Detective
by Eileen Christelow
Clarion 1992 (32p); also paper
When Gertrude the bulldog becomes a detective, she helps catch two art thieves.
Ming Lo Moves the Mountain
by Arnold Lobel
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1982 (32p) paper
Ming Lo's wife wants him to move the mountain next to which they live.
Ben's Trumpet
by Rachel Isadora
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1979 (32p); Mulberry 1991 paper
A jazz-loving boy's dreams come true when he plays a real musician's trumpet.
Chicken Little
by Steven Kellogg
Morrow 1985 (32p); also paper
A fox attempts to hijack a chicken truck, setting off a surprising chain of events in this madcap story. Available in Spanish asPollita pequeña.

CHALLENGING

Roxaboxen
by Alice McLerran
Lothrop 1991 (32p)
A group of children use their imaginations to create a city in the desert.
Our Amazing Animal Friends
by Gene S. Stuart
(Science/Health)
National Geographic Society 1994 (34p)
This book describes record holders in the animal world, including the largest lizard and the fastest mammal.
Imogene's Antlers
by David Small
Crown 1988 (32p)
A young girl wakes up one morning to discover she's sprouted a huge set of antlers.
The Paper Crane
by Molly Bang
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1985 (32p); Mulberry 1987 paper
A paper crane that comes to life restores the fortunes of a kind man.
Just Plain Fancy
by Patricia Polacco
Putnam 1990 (32p)
Two Amish children discover an abandoned egg that hatches a beautiful peacock.
Paul Bunyan
by Steven Kellogg
Morrow 1993 (48p); Mulberry 1994 paper
The remarkable exploits of the hero of an American tall tale. Available in Spanish asPaul Bunyan.
Anansi and the Talking Melon
by Eric Kimmel
(Multicultural)
Holiday 1994 (32p); also paper
A spider tricks Elephant into thinking that the melon in which he's hiding can talk.
A Snake Mistake
by Mavis Smith
Harper 1991 (32p); also paper
This is a story based on the real account of a snake that swallowed a light bulb.
The Magic Schoolbus in the Time of the Dinosaurs
by Joanna Cole
Scholastic 1994 (32p)
The Magic Schoolbus transports Ms. Frizzle's class back to prehistoric times.
Incredible Dinosaurs
by Christopher Maynard
(Science/Health)
Snapshot 1994 (32p)
Captioned photographs relay fascinating facts about different dinosaurs.
How Much Is a Million?
by David M. Schwartz
(Math)
Lothrop 1985 (40p); Scholastic paper
Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician explains the numbers a million, a billion, and a trillion.
Pudmuddles
by Carol Beach York
Harper 1993 (48p)
Mr. and Mrs. Pudmuddle do many things backward, such as eating dinner for breakfast.
Everyday Mysteries
by Jerome Wexler
(Science/Health)
Dutton 1995 (32p)
This book displays close-up photographs of everyday objects and challenges children to guess what they are.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

Time Train
by Paul Fleischman
Harper 1991 (32p); also paper
During a field trip to Utah's Dinosaur National Monument, Miss Pym's class goes back in time to the Jurassic period.
Meteor!
by Patricia Polacco
Putnam 1987 (32p)
The entire town turns out to gawk at the sight of a meteor in Gramma and Grampa Gaw's front yard.
Horton Hatches the Egg
by Dr. Seuss
Random 1940 (64p); also paper
Horton the Elephant agrees to egg-sit for a lazy bird named Mayzie.
Flat Stanley
by Jeff Brown
Harper 1964 (64p); also paper
Stanley Lambchop wakes up to discover that he's flat, and he has a series of funny adventures. Available in Spanish asStanley, El Plano.

Books for Shared Reading

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
by Dr. Seuss
Random 1989 (32p)
Marco imagines all kinds of fantastical sights on Mulberry Street.
Fortunately
by Remy Charlip
Macmillan 1980 (40p); Aladdin 1993 paper
On his way to a birthday party, Ned has a series of comic misadventures.
The Giant Jam Sandwich
by John V. Lord
Houghton 1987 (32p); also paper
The citizens of Itching Down devise a clever way to get rid of four million wasps.