Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Growing Colors
by Bruce Macmillan
(Science/Health)
Morrow 1988 (32p); Mulberry 1994 paper
Spectacular photographs reveal the different colors in fruits and vegetables.
Crinkleroot's 25 Birds Every Child Should Know
by Jim Arnosky
(Science/Health)
Bradbury 1993 (32p)
Twenty-five different birds are named and illustrated. See others in series.
Quiet, Please
by Eve Merriam
(Science/Health)
Simon 1993 (32p)
This book presents a series of quiet moments in nature.
Shapes in Nature
by Judy Feldman
(Science/Health)
Childrens 1991 (32p)
Various shapes are highlighted in photos from nature.
In the Tall, Tall Grass
by Denise Fleming
(Science/Health)
Holt 1991 (32p)
A child watches all sorts of creatures making their way through the grass.
All Night Near the Water
by Jim Arnosky
(Science/Health)
Putnam 1994 (32p)
Twelve newly hatched ducklings spend their first night on a lake with their mother.

EASY

It Could Still Be a Mammal
by Allan Fowler
(Science/Health)
Childrens 1990 (32p); also paper
Characteristics of mammals are outlined and specific mammals are identified. Available in Spanish as Podría ser un mamífero. See others in series.
Peeping and Sleeping
by Fran Manushkin
(Science/Health)
Clarion 1994 (32p)
A boy and his father follow the sounds they hear one spring night and discover peepers in the pond.
Every Autumn Comes the Bear
by Jim Arnosky
(Science/Health)
Putnam 1993 (32p)
Each autumn, a bear makes its appearance in the woods behind the author's farm.
Red Fox
by Karen Wallace
(Science/Health)
Candlewick 1994 (32p)
This book gives a glimpse of the life of the red fox, a shy creature but a bold hunter.
At the Beach
by Huy Voun Lee
(Multicultural)
Holt 1994 (32p)
In beach sand, Xiao Ming practices writing Chinese characters to describe the world around her.
It Could Still Be a Tree
by Allan Fowler
(Science/Health)
Childrens 1990 (32p)
Information about trees is presented in simple terms. Available in Spanish asPodría ser un árbol. See others in series.

AVERAGE

Box Turtle at Long Pond
by William T. George
(Science/Health)
Greenwillow 1989 (24p)
Realistic paintings accompany a description of a box turtle's search for food.
All About Alligators
by Jim Arnosky
(Science/Health)
Scholastic 1994 (32p)
This book provides an introduction to the life cycle, prey, and habits of the fascinating alligator.
Dear Mr. Blueberry
by Simon James
(Social Studies)
McElderry 1991 (24p)
Emily asks her teacher for advice about the whale that she claims lives in her backyard pond.
The Quicksand Book
by Tomie dePaola
(Science/Health)
Holiday 1977 (32p); also paper
Facts about quicksand are related through the funny story of Jungle Boy and Jungle Girl. Available in Spanish asEl libro de las arenas movedizas.
At Home in the Coral Reef
by Katy Muzik
(Science/Health)
Charlesbridge 1992 (32p)
Readers explore the different worlds of coral reefs. Available in Spanish asDentro del arrecife de coral.
Story of a Dolphin
by Katherine Orr
(Multicultural)
Carolrhoda 1993 (32p)
Based on a true story, this book depicts a dolphin's friendship with a group of Caribbean islanders.
From Tadpole to Frog
by Wendy Pfeffer
(Science/Health)
Harper 1994 (32p); also paper
This book looks at how tadpoles metamorphose into frogs.
Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen
(Science/Health)
Philomel 1987 (32p)
On a winter evening, a young girl and her father go looking for owls in the woods.
V for Vanishing: An Alphabet of Endangered Animals
by Patricia Mullins
(Science/Health)
Harper 1994 (32p)
From the armadillo to the zebra, children learn about the plight of different endangered animals.
All I See
by Cynthia Rylant
(Art)
Orchard 1988 (32p); also paper
Charlie is surprised when an artist's picture of the lake looks different from what he sees.
In the Woods: Who's Been Here?
by Lindsey Barrett George
(Science/Health)
Greenwillow 1995 (32p)
On a walk through the woods, a boy and a girl find clues to those animals that have been there before them.

CHALLENGING

A Walk in the Wild
by Lorraine Ward
(Science/Health)
Charlesbridge 1993 (32p)
Children learn how a wildlife refuge operates in this book featuring Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Available in Spanish asUn paseo por la naturaleza.
What's Inside? Animal Homes
by Alexandra Parsons
(Science/Health)
Dorling Kindersley 1993 (17p)
This book provides a glimpse inside animal homes, including a beaver's lodge and a rabbit's warren.
Antarctica
by Helen Cowcher
(Science/Health)
Farrar 1990 (32p); Sunburst 1991 paper
Focusing on three species that live in Antarctica, this story reveals how humans can disrupt the balance of nature. Available in Spanish as Antártida.
Joey: The Story of a Baby Kangaroo
by Hope Ryden
(Science/Health)
Tambourine 1994 (40p)
This photo essay follows the growth of a young grey kangaroo.
The Bee Tree
by Patricia Polacco
(Social Studies)
Philomel 1993 (32p)
A grandfather teaches his granddaughter the value of reading by showing her how to follow a bee to its honey tree.
Nate the Great Stalks Stupidweed
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
(Science/Health)
Putnam 1986 (48p); Dell 1989 paper
Nate, a young detective, takes on the case of a missing plant. See others in series.
Why Do Leaves Change Color?
by Betsy Maestro
(Science/Health)
Harper 1994 (32p); also paper
This book gives an explanation of how leaves change their color in autumn.
Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year
by Betsy Bowen
(Social Studies)
Little 1991 (32p)
A different aspect of life in the northern woods is described with each letter of the alphabet.
Spoonbill Swamp
by Brenda Guiberson
(Science/Health)
Holt 1992 (32p)
A mother spoonbill and a mother alligator, natural enemies, cross paths while searching for food for their young.
One Small Square: Backyard
by Donald M. Silver
(Science/Health)
Scientific American 1993 (48p)
A small patch of ordinary earth in a backyard teems with plant and animal life.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

What Neat Feet!
by Hana Machotka
(Science/Health)
Morrow 1991 (32p)
The feet of cats, elephants, and other animals are featured in this guess-and-learn book.
Leave That Cricket Be, Alan Lee
by Barbara Ann Porte
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1993 (32p)
Alan Lee tries to catch a singing cricket.
A Tree Place and Other Poems
by Constance Levy
McElderry 1994 (40p)
This book presents forty poems about nature.
A Sea of Grass: The Tallgrass Prairie
by David Dvorak, Jr.
(Science/Health)
Macmillan 1994 (32p)
Readers explore the plant and animal life of a rare ecosystem.

Books for Shared Reading

Small Green Snake
by Libba Moore Gray
Orchard 1994 (32p)
A small green snake disobeys his mother, leaves home, and gets into trouble.
Counting Cranes
by Mary Beth Owens
(Math)
Little 1993 (32p)
This counting book describes whooping cranes.