Books for Independent Reading


Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
Children of all ages will appreciate Lilly's distress when she gets into trouble with her favorite teacher when the the purple plastic purse she takes to school causes a distraction in the classroom.
School Supplies: A Book of Poems
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Simon 1996 (40p)
In these humorous poems by Barbara Esbensen, Renée Flowers, and others, ordinary school supplies take on a life of their own.
Did You See What I Saw?:Poems About School
by Kay Winters
Viking 1996 32p
A collection of poems and pictures about school that will delight students.
I Spy School Days: A Book of Picture Puzzles
by Jean Marzollo
Scholastic 1995 (40p)
Following the format of her earlier “I Spy” book, the author presents school as students have never seen it, with rhyming riddles, brainteasers, and puzzles.


newPhoebe and the Spelling Bee
by Barney Saltzburg
Hyperion 1997 (32p)
Phoebe uses her imagination to help her remember how to spell words in the class spelling bee.
Amber Brown Goes Fourth
by Paula Danziger
Putnam 1995 (101p)
Amber is certain that fourth grade will be awful without her friend Justin, but then she finds a new best friend. Available in Spanish as Ambar en cuarto y sin su amigo.
Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon
by Paula Danziger
Putnam 1994 (80p) Little 1995 paper
Amber Brown is devastated when her best friend moves to Alabama and is certain she can't survive the school year alone.
The Littles Go to School
by John Peterson
Scholastic 1994 (72p)
The six-inch Littles, who live in the walls of the Biggs' house, are taken to school in a gerbil cage.


newAmber Brown Sees Red
by Paula Danziger
Philomel 1997 (115p)
Fourth grade offers more challenges to Amber Brown, who must deal with a bad haircut, a school overrun by skunks, and her arguing parents.
newSpring Break
by Johanna Hurwitz
Morrow 1997 (120p)
When Cricket breaks her ankle and can't go to Washington, D. C., with her friend Zoe, she finds other ways to have fun on spring break.
Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit
by Paula Danziger
Putnam 1996 (120p)
When Amber meets her mother's boyfriend, she dislikes him and her grades start to fall, but when he helps her with a school project she finds she likes him after all.
Hey, New Kid!
by Betsy Duffy
Viking 1996 (90p)
In order to sound more exciting, third-grader Cody blurts out lies about himself and his family, but after admitting his lies, he learns he can make friends just by being himself.
The Goof Who Invented Homework and Other School Poems
by Kalli Dakos
Viking 1996 (80p)
A collection of poems that reflect the ups and downs of a typical school year.
The School Mouse
by Dick King-Smith
Hyperion 1995 (124p)
Because Flora, a mouse who lives in a school, learns to read, she is able to save her family from exterminators and prove to them the value of education.
Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
by Louis Sachar
Morrow 1995 (176p)
Everyone's favorite thirty-story school experiences even more strangeness when Mrs. Jewls is away and a series of substitute teachers replace her.
Fourth Grade Loser
by Ellen Kahaner
Troll 1992 (96p) also paper
Mike, the new rich kid in fourth grade, soon learns that he cannot make friends by buying things for everyone in the class.
If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School
by Kalli Dakos
Simon 1995 (64p) also paper
Thirty-eight poems about the ups and downs of elelmentary school life. See also Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll by the same author.


by Andrew Clements
Simon 1996 (105p)
Nick and his teacher engage in a year-long battle when Nick, with the aid of his friends, insists that a pen should henceforth be called a frindle.
Off and Running
by Gary Soto
Delacorte 1996 (138p)
Miata and her friend Ana face strong competition when they run for class president and vice president against class clown Rudy and his friend Alex.
Math Curse
by Jon Scieszka
Viking 1995 (32p)
After her teacher tells her that you can think of almost everything as a math problem, a young girl finds herself surrounded by math problems from morning till night.
Keep Ms. Sugarman in the Fourth Grade
by Elizabeth Levy
Harper 1992 (96p) also paper
When Ms. Sugarman leaves the fourth grade to become school principal, Jackie loses her favorite teacher.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

Somebody Catch My Homework
by David L. Harrison
Boyds Mills 1993 (32p)
Funny poems record the silly events in a day in the classroom.

Now Available in Paperback

newMy Name Is María Isabel
by Alma Flor Ada
newThe School Mouse
by Dick King-Smith
My Great-Aunt Arizona
by Gloria Houston
Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
by Louis Sachar
Count Your Money with the Polk Street School
by Patricia Reilly Giff
Serious Science: An Adam Joshua Story
by Janice Lee Smith
Much Ado About Aldo
by Johanna Hurwitz
Darnell Rock Reporting
by Walter Dean Myers

Now Available in Spanish

newAmber Brown Is Not a Crayon (Seguirmos siendo amogos)
by Paula Danziger
The Hundred Dresses (Cien vestidos)
by Eleanor Estes