Books for Independent Reading


Seven Blind Mice
by Ed Young
Philomel 1992 (32p)
In this fable from India, seven blind mice encounter an elephant and argue about what it is.
Agua Agua Agua
by Pat Mora
Harper 1994 (16p)
A retelling of one of Aesop's fables.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
by Paul Galdone
Clarion 1973 (32p); also paper
Three goat brothers brave crossing a bridge despite the presence of a terrible troll.
Henny Penny
by Stephen Butler
Tambourine 1991 (32p)
On her way to tell the king the sky is falling, Henny Penny meets a hungry fox.


The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folk Tale
by Jan Brett
Putnam 1990 (32p)
Eight animals find shelter in a boy's lost mitten.
Rockabye Crocodile
by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
Greenwillow 1988 (32p); also paper
In this Philippine tale, a kind boar and a selfish boar find their actions rewarded in different ways.
The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit
by Susan Lowell
Northland 1994 (32p)
The story of how steady Tortoise outraces cocky Jackrabbit is told with Southwestern flair.
The Bossy Gallito/El gallo de bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale
by Lucía González
Scholastic 1994 (32p)
In this cumulative tale, the sun sets off a chain of events that help Rooster. In English and Spanish.
The Chase: A Kutenai Tale
by Beatrice Tenaka
Crown 1991 (32p)
Not knowing why they're running, all the animals chase Rabbit, who is late for dinner.
Hot Hippo
by Mwenye Hadithi
Little 1986 (32p)
Hippo longs to swim all day in the cool river in this pourquoi tale.


The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote
by Tony Johnston
Putnam 1994 (32p)
Rabbit outwits Coyote in a tale that explains why coyotes howl at the moon.
The Three Wishes: An Old Story
by Margot Zemach
Farrar 1986 (32p); also paper
When a woodcutter and his wife are granted three wishes, the results are surprising. Available in Spanish asLos tres deseos: Un viejo cuento.
The Empty Pot
by Demi
Holt 1990 (32p)
A boy's honesty is rewarded by the emperor in this Chinese folktale.
Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico
by Verna Aardema
Knopf 1991 (32p)
In a contest of intelligence versus strength, a lamb continually outsmarts a coyote.
Moon Rope/Un lazo a la luna: A Peruvian Folktale
by Lois Ehlert
Harcourt 1992 (32p)
A fox and a mole climb to the moon on a rope woven from straw. In English and Spanish.
Welcome Back Sun
by Michael Emberly
Little 1993 (32p)
Following legend, a Norwegian family hikes up a mountain to welcome the sun's return after the dark winter months.
It Could Always Be Worse
by Margot Zemach
Farrar 1990 (32p); also paper
A poor man, overrun by his family in their small hut, seeks advice from a rabbi. Available in Spanish asSiempre puede ser peor.
The Legend of the Bluebonnet
by Tomie dePaola
Putnam 1983 (32p); also paper
A courageous Comanche girl makes a sacrifice to put an end to a terrible drought. Available in Spanish asLa leyenda de la flor el conejo.
Johnny Appleseed
by Steven Kellogg
Morrow 1988 (32p)
A favorite American tall tale relates how John Chapman became legendary for planting apple trees.
Tiger Soup: An Anansi Story from Jamaica
by Frances Temple
Orchard 1994 (32p)
Anansi tricks a tiger, eats his soup, and gets some monkeys to take the blame.
Strega Nona
by Tomie dePaola
Simon 1975 (32p); also paper
In this tale from Italy, Big Anthony finds himself in trouble when he uses Strega Nona's magic pasta pot.


Screen of Frogs: An Old Tale
by Sheila Hamanaka
Orchard 1993 (32p)
A frog teaches a lazy Japanese man to respect hard work and nature.
Puss in Boots
by Charles Perrault
Farrar 1990 (32p)
A clever cat makes his master rich in this magnificent interpretation of a classic tale. Available in Spanish asEl gato con botas.
Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale
by Janet Stevens
Holiday House 1993 (32p)
Coyote finds himself in trouble after he steals a blanket from a spirit rock.
The Boy of the Three-Year Nap
by Dianne Snyder
Houghton 1988 (32p); also paper
A Japanese tale of a mother who tricks her lazy son into working.
Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China
by Ed Young
Philomel 1989 (32p)
A wolf threatens three young sisters after claiming to be their grandmother.
The Flying Tortoise: An Igbo Tale
by Tololwa Mollel
Clarion 1994 (32p)
This Nigerian tale tells why the tortoise has a cracked shell.
The Paper Bag Princess
by Robert Munsch
Firefly 1986 (24p) paper
A princess sets out to rescue her prince from a fiery dragon. Available in Spanish asLa princesa vestida con una bolsa de papel.
Iktomi and the Buzzard: A Plains Indian Story
by Paul Gobel
Orchard 1994 (32p)
Iktomi gets in trouble with Buzzard after ridiculing him.
Zomo the Rabbit
by Gerald McDermott
Harcourt 1992 (32p)
Zomo the Rabbit tries to earn wisdom by performing three impossible tasks for Sky God.
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story
by Ai-Ling Louie
Putnam 1988 (32p); also paper
Fish bones transform the orphan Yeh-Shen into the most beautiful girl in the kingdom.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

Misoso: Once Upon a Time Tales from Africa
by Verna Aardema
Knopf 1994 (88p)
Twelve stories from various parts of Africa.
Traveling to Tondo: A Tale of the Nkundo of Zaire
by Verna Aardema
Knopf 1991 (32p); also paper
Bowane and his foolish friends get sidetracked on their way to Bowane's wedding.
The Gold Coin
by Alma Flor Ada
Atheneum 1991 (32p); also paper
A thief learns a valuable lesson in giving. Available in Spanish as La moneda de oro.
Crocodile! Crocodile! Stories Told Around the World
by Barbara Baumgartner
Dorling 1994 (45p)
Seven traditional animal tales from India, Appalachia, Puerto Rico, and other places.
The Turnip
by Walter de la Mare
Godine 1992 (32p)
A farmer becomes rich and famous after he grows a giant turnip.

Books for Shared Reading

Tukama Tootles the Flute: A Tale from the Antilles
by Phillis Gershator
Orchard 1994 (32p)
A boy, captured by a two-headed giant, uses the music from his flute to escape.
The Old Woman and Her Pig: An Old English Tale
by Rosanne Litzinger
Harcourt 1993 (32p)
A cumulative tale about a woman's attempt to get her pig over a stile.
Nine-In-One, Grr! Grr!: A Folktale from the Hmong People of Laos
by Blia Xiong
Childrens 1989 (32p)
Bird tricks Tiger to prevent the country from being overrun by tigers.
Baby Rattlesnake
by Te Ata and Lynn Moroney
Childrens 1989 (32p); also paper
Baby Rattlesnake causes trouble when he gets a rattle before he's ready for it.