Books For Independent Reading

Books for the Library Corner

newThe Ugly Duckling
by Harriet Ziefert
Viking 1997 (32p) also paper
In this simple retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, an ugly duckling discovers that he's actually a beautiful swan.
by Colin McNaughton
Harcourt 1997 (32p)
In this version of Little Red Riding Hood, Preston Pig is sent off to visit his granny, but forgetful Mr. Wolf can't quite remember what role he's supposed to be playing.
Little Mouse and Elephant: A Tale from Turkey
by Jane Yolen
Simon 1996 (32p)
Mouse, convinced that he is the strongest animal around, confronts Elephant, and with sheer good luck, returns home holding fast to his conviction.
The Magic Porridge Pot
by Harriet Ziefert
Viking 1997 (32p) also paper
A young girl gets into trouble with a magic porridge pot that won't stop cooking in this classic English tale

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

by Lois Ehlert
Harcourt 1997 (32p)
Beautiful but lazy Cuckoo saves a field of seeds from fire and scorches his feathers, earning the respect of the other birds. Text in English and Spanish.
newThe Gingerbread Boy
by Richard Egielski
Harper 1997 (32p)
In a contemporary version of this favorite tale, the gingerbread boy pops out of an oven in Manhattan and runs through the streets of New York City.
newCounting Crocodiles
by Judy Sierra
Harcourt 1997 (32p)
Monkey convinces a group of crocodiles to line up so she can cross the sea to get to a banana tree on a faraway island in this counting story.
Sam and the Tigers
by Julius Lester
Dial 1996 (32p)
A boy named Sam encounters one menacing tiger after another on his way to school, but he trades them his new clothes so the tigers won't eat him.
The Leopard's Drum
by Jessica Souhami
Little 1996 (32p)
Bold, cut-paper illustrations complement this Asante tale about how the tortoise got its hard shell.

Books for Shared Reading

newMother Goose Math
by Emily Bolam
Viking 1997 (32p)
Bright pictures illustrate a collection of classic nursery rhymes like “Sing a Song of Sixpence” and “As I Was Going to St. Ives” that introduce children to numbers.
newTo Market, To Market
by Anne Miranda
Harcourt 1997 (32p)
In a humorous twist on the classic nursery rhyme, a woman shopping for groceries -- a duck, a lamb, a chicken, and a pig - discovers that they have minds of their own.
The Golden Goose
by Uri Shulevitz
Farrar 1995 (32p)
A simpleton with a funny procession of people stuck to his golden goose wins the hand of a princess by making her laugh.
Sody Sallyratus
by Terri Sloat
Dutton 1997 (32p)
When an old woman sends her family members to the store for the sody sallyratus she needs to make baking soda biscuits, each one is eaten by a hungry black bear.

Now Available in Paperback

newLittle Robin Redbreast
by Shari Halpern
Once Upon a Time
by John Prater
The Three Little Pigs
by James Marshhall