Books For Independent Reading

Books for the Library Corner

newMice Squeak, We Speak
by Tomie dePaola
(Multicultural)
Putnam 1997 (32p)
Simple rhyming text describes the different ways people and animals communicate.
newLucky Song
by Vera B. Williams
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
A girl named Evie has a lucky day when she is able to do all of the things she wants to do, from flying a kite to hearing a song
newJobs People Do
by Christopher Maynard
(Social Studies)
Dorling 1997 (32p)
A photographic introduction to more than fifty jobs that people do, from firefighter and nurse to veterinarian and builder.
Chop, Simmer, Season
by Alexa Brandenberg
(Social Studies)
Harcourt 1997 (32p)
Two chefs measure, mix, chop, and season as they prepare and then serve a delicious meal to their guests.
The Squiggle
by Carole Lexa Schaefer
(Multicultural)
Crown 1996 (32p)
A Chinese girl who finds a piece of string on the sidewalk imagines it to be a dragon dancing, an acrobat, and the trail of fireworks, among other things.
Sebastian's Trumpet
by Miko Imai
Candlewick 1995 (32p)
Sebastian the bear learns to play the trumpet after long hours of persistent practice.
I Am Me!
by Alexa Brandenberg
(Multicultural)
Harcourt 1996 (24p)
Nine playful children imagine what they want to be when they grow up, from firefighters to archeologists.
Action Alphabet
by Shelley Rotner
(Multicultural)
Atheneum 1996 (32p)
A group of lively children act out action verbs from arching and floating to swinging and zipping.

Books for Teacher Read Aloud

newWhen Frank Was Four
by Alison Lester
(Multicultural)
Houghton 1996 (32p)
The trials and accomplishments of seven children from the age of one to seven are highlighted.
newMy Elephant Can Do Almost Anything
by Anke de Vries
Front 1996 (30p)
A child explains all of the things that his imaginary elephant friend can do, including balancing on a balloon.
newHands!
by Virginia Kroll
(Multicultural)
Boyds Mills 1997 (32p)
Alliterative verse reveals the many ways people use their hands, including for painting, making music, and joining together in friendship.
Those Can-Do Pigs
by David McPhail
Dutton 1996 (32p)
Rhyming verse describes the antics of a hilarious group of “can-do” pigs who build roads, climb trees, fly, clean, and bake cakes.
Mel's Diner
by Marissa Moss
(Multicultural)
Bridgewater 1994 (32p)
A girl named Mabel loves spending time helping her mother and father run their busy diner.
All About Alice
by Penny Dale
Candlewick 1992 (32p) also paper
Alice spends the day doing all of her favorite things, but when her big sister comes home from school, Alice wants to do everything that Laura does
I'm Going to Be a Firefighter
by Edith Kunhardt
(Social studies)
Scholastic 1995 (32p)
A firefighter's typical day is seen through the eyes of his daughter.
Jack's Garden
by Henry Cole
Greenwillow 1995 (32p)
Jack makes a beautiful, lush garden from a packet of seeds and a patch of soil.

Books for Shared Reading

newThe House I'll Build for the Wrens
by Shirley Neitzel
(Social Studies)
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
Cumulative verses that include rebuses describe how a boy, using his mother's tools, builds a birdhouse for wrens.
newOne Happy Classroom
by Charnan Simon
(Math)
Childrens 1997 (32p)
This counting book follows a class of kindergartners as they build towers with various materials, clean their pets' cages and participate in show-and-tell.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
by Joseph Slate
Dutton 1996 (32p)
As Miss Bindergarten prepares her classroom for the first day of kindergarten, the twenty-six children in her class are also getting ready for school.
Can I Help?
by Marilyn Janovitz
North-South 1996 (32p)
A young wolf helps his father garden, with mixed results.
Ms. MacDonald Has a Class
(by Jan Omerod
(Music)
Clarion 1996 (32p)
After a visit to a farm, Ms. MacDonald's class puts on a production of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”
On the Move
by Deborah Heiligman
(Science)
Harper 1996 (32p)
In a celebration of movement, a young boy explains all the different ways he moves, including hopping like a kangaroo and climbing like a monkey.

Now Available in Paper

newJack's Garden
by Henry Cole
Mulberry
Pretend You're a Cat
by Jean Marzollo
Viking
Feast for Ten
by Cathryn Falwell
Clarion

Now Available as a Big Book

Shy Charles
by Rosemary Wells
Puffin
I Wish I Could Fly
by Ron Maris
Scholastic

Now Out of Print

new“Take Care of Things,” Edward Said
by Helen E. Buckley
Lothrop
newBet You Can't
by Penny Dale
Lippincott