Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Alicia Has a Bad Day
by Lisa Jahn-Clough
Houghton 1994 (32p)
Alicia thinks she's having the worst day of her life and goes back to bed.
Days with Frog and Toad
by Arnold Lobel
Harper 1979 (64p); also paper
Five stories detail the special days that friends Frog and Toad spend together. Available in Spanish asDías con sapo y sepo.
A Day with Wilbur Robinson
by William Joyce
Harper 1990 (32p); also paper
A visitor discovers that nothing ordinary ever happens at Wilbur Robinson's house.
A Child's Day
by Bobbie Kalman and Tammy Everts
(Social Studies)
Crabtree 1994 (32p)
Readers learn about nineteenth-century settler children's active days of work and play.
Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo
by William Joyce
Harper 1995 (48p)
The Lazardo family returns home from Africa with a dinosaur named Bob who becomes a baseball hero.

EASY

Today Was a Terrible Day
by Patricia Reilly Giff
Viking 1980 (32p); also paper
Ronald Morgan's day goes from bad to worse.
Tuesday
by David Weisner
Clarion 1991 (32p)
On a Tuesday evening, frogs on lily pads start soaring through the air.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
Macmillan 1972 (32p); also paper
When he wakes up and finds chewing gum in his hair, Alexander knows it's going to be a terrible day. Available in Spanish asAlexander y el día terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso.
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
by Judith Viorst
(Math)
Atheneum 1978 (32p); also paper
Alexander's spendthrift habits teach him to be more careful with money. Available in Spanish asAlexander, que era rico el domingo pasado.
Fiesta!
by June Behrens
(Multicultural)
Childrens 1978 (32p)
Explains the origin and celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
The Train to Lulu's
by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
(Multicultural)
Bradbury 1988 (32p)
Two sisters travel by train to visit their great aunt.
Amelia's Fantastic Flight
by Rose Bursik
Holt 1992 (32p)
Amelia builds a plane, flies around the world, and returns home for dinner.
The Sign on Rosie's Door
by Maurice Sendak
Harper 1960 (48p)
Rosie invites her friends to a play and proves that anything can happen with some imagination. Available in Spanish asEl letrero secreto de Rosie.
Addie's Bad Day
by Joan Robins
Harper 1993 (32p)
Addie doesn't want to go to Max's party because she fears everyone will laugh at her haircut.

AVERAGE

Author's Day
by Daniel Pinkwater
Macmillan 1993 (32p)
A visiting children's book author discovers the students think he's someone else.
A Day's Work
by Eve Bunting
(Multicultural)
Clarion 1994 (32p)
When Francisco helps his grandfather find work as a gardener he learns the importance of honesty.
Saturday at the New You
by Barbara E. Barber
(Multicultural)
Lee & Low 1994 (32p)
On Saturdays, Shauna gets to help out at her mother's beauty parlor.
Sara Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl
by Kate Waters
(Social Studies)
Scholastic 1989 (32p)
Sarah is shown at work and play in a New England settlement in 1627.
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
by Kate Waters
(Social Studies)
Scholastic 1994 (40p)
A day in the life of a six-year-old Pilgrim boy.
Amigo
by Byrd Baylor
(Multicultural)
Macmillan 1963 (41p)
Francisco tries to tame a wild prairie dog for a pet. Available in Spanish as Amigo.
Emily
by Michael Bedard
Doubleday 1992 (40p)
A young girl accompanies her mother next door and meets the poet Emily Dickinson.
The Very Last First Time
by Jan Andrews
(Multicultural)
Macmillan 1986 (32p)
In winter, an Inuit girl gathers mussels from the floor of the ocean.
The Screaming Mean Machine
by Jay Cowley
Scholastic 1993 (32p)
A girl finally rides the roller coaster she's always been afraid of.
Three Wishes
by Lucille Clifton
(Multicultural)
Doubleday 1992 (32p)
When a girl finds a penny with her birth date, she's sure it means good luck.
The Day of Ahmed's Secret
by Florence Parry Heide
(Multicultural)
Lothrop 1990 (32p)
A young boy in Cairo rushes home to tell his family he has learned to write his name.
Meteor!
by Patricia Polacco
Putnam 1987 (32p); also paper
A meteor causes excitement when it falls in the front yard of the Gaw family.
Doctor De Soto
by William Steig
Farrar 1982 (32p)
The mouse dentist Doctor De Soto outwits a wily fox who's interested in more than having his teeth fixed.
The Adventures of Isabel
by Ogden Nash
Little 1991 (32p)
Feisty Isabel gets rid of bears and giants with ease in this poem.
Lyle at the Office
by Bernard Waber
Houghton 1994 (48p)
Lyle spends an interesting day in Mr. Pimm's office.
Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year
by Kate Waters
(Multicultural)
Scholastic 1990 (32p)
Ernie performs his first Lion Dance in New York's Chinatown.

CHALLENGING

A Day in the Life of a Circus Clown
by Carol Gaskin
(Social Studies)
Troll 1988 (32p)
A photo essay follows a circus clown from practicing, to applying make-up, to performing.
Nights of the Pufflings
by Bruce McMillan
(Science)
Houghton 1995 (32p)
In Iceland when pufflings take their first nighttime flight, Halla helps to rescue stranded birds and set them safely on the beach the next day.
Deadline! From News to Newspaper
by Gail Gibbons
(Social Studies)
Harper 1987 (32p)
An inside look at the workings of a small daily newspaper.
The King's Day: Louis XIV of France
by Aliki
(Social Studies)
Harper 1989 (32p); also paper
A portrait of the seventeenth century monarch and his elaborate daily rituals.
Celebrating Kwanza
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
(Multicultural)
Holiday 1993 (32p)
Andiey Barnes tells how her family celebrated Kwanza.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

A Coconut Kind of Day: Island Poems
by Lynn Joseph
(Multicultural)
Lothrop 1990 (32p); Puffin 1992 paper
A girl's day is detailed in verse that captures the Caribbean's sights and sounds.
Aunt Skilly and the Stranger
by Kathleen Stevens
Ticknor 1994 (32p)
When a stranger that Aunt Skilly welcomes into her home tries to steal her quilts, she outsmarts him.
The Honey Hunters
by Francesca Martin
(Multicultural)
Candlewick 1992 (32p)
In this folktale, a young boy leads an animal procession in search of honey.
Tonight Is Carnaval
by Arthur Dorros
(Multicultural)
Dutton 1991 (32p)
A Peruvian boy and his family prepare for the festivities of Carnaval. Available in Spanish asPor fin es Carnaval.