Books For Independent Reading

Books for the Library Corner

by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
Childrens 1985 (32p)
An easy-to-read telling of the tale of a girl who becomes a princess. Available in Spanish asCenicienta.
Each Peach Pear Plum
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Viking 1979 (32p)
Puffin paper 1986
Children search the pictures for fairy tale characters in a game of I Spy.
The Lion and the Mouse
by Mary Lewis Wang
Childrens 1986 (32p)
A mouse saves the life of a lion in a simple version of the Aesop fable. Available in Spanish asEl leon y el raton.
Deep in the Forest
by Brinton Turkle
Dutton 1976 (32p) Puffin paper
A wordless retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
The Little Red Hen
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
Childrens 1985 (32p)
A short retelling of the tale of an industrious hen and her lazy friends. Available in Spanish asLa gallinita roja.
Puss in Boots
by John S. Goodall
Macmillan 1990 (56p)
Wordless rendition of the tale of a cat who helps his master marry a princess.
Three Billy Goats Gruff
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
Childrens 1987 (32p)
The well-known tale of three billy goats who encounter a nasty troll. Available in Spanish as Los tres chivitos.
It's Too Noisy!
by Joanna Cole
Crowell 1989 (32p)
Unable to stand his noisy house, a farmer seeks the advice of a wise man.
The Owl and the Pussycat
by Edward Lear
Clarion 1987 (32p)
Paul Galdone's large, colorful pictures enliven a nonsense rhyme about a romance between an owl and a pussycat.

Books for Teacher Read Aloud

Tops & Bottoms
by Janet Stevens
Harcourt 1995 (32p)
Hare reverses his hard luck by striking a clever bargain with Bear in this trickster tale.
The Bremen Town Musicians
by Hans Wilhelm
Scholastic 1992 (32p)
A donkey, a cat, a dog, and a rooster band together and set off to become musicians.
The Bossy Gallito
by Lucia Gonzalez
Scholastic 1994 (32p)
A traditional Cuban folktale about a bossy rooster. In English and Spanish.
Red Hen and Sly Fox
by Vivian French
Simon 1995 (32p)
A resourceful red hen outwits a sly fox who wants to have poultry for dinner.
The Tortoise and the Hare
by Janet Stevens
Holiday 1984 (32p) also paper
A cocky rabbit gets his comeuppance when a slow but steady tortoise beats him in a race.
Mrs. Goat and Her Seven Little Kids
by Tony Ross
Atheneum 1990 (32p)
Seven goat children try to keep a wolf out of their house.
Anansi and the Talking Melon
by Eric Kimmel
Holiday 1994 (32p)
Anansi the spider tricks Elephant into believing that the melon in which he is hiding can talk.
Here Comes Henny
by Charlotte Pomerantz
Greenwillow 1994 (24p)
Henny's picky chicks demand a snacky-snicky for their picnic-nicky.
The Little Old Woman and the Hungry Cat
by Nancy Polette
Greenwillow 1989 (32p) also paper
A hungry cat swallows everything in its path in this cumulative Scandinavian folktale.
The Three Little Pigs
by James Marshall
Dial 1989 (32p)
A wolf tries his best to have three pigs for dinner in this humorous version of a favorite tale.
This Is the House That Jack Built
by Jenny Stow
Dial 1992 (32p)
A Caribbean setting gives this cumulative rhyme lush new life.
The Shoemaker and the Elves
by Ilse Plume
Harcourt 1991 (32p)
A poor shoemaker becomes rich when he helps four elves.
Little Tuppen: An Old Tale
by Paul Galdone
Clarion 1967 (32p) also paper
A mother hen has trouble getting water for her chick in this cumulative tale.
Town Mouse, Country Mouse
by Jan Brett
Putnam 1994 (32p)
Lively illustrations bring new life to this traditional tale of two mice.

Books for Shared Reading

The Three Bears
by Byron Barton
Harper 1991 (32p)
The artist's characteristically bold artwork energizes this retelling of Goldilocks.
Henny Penny
by Stephen Butler
Morrow 1991 (32p)
Henny Penny meets a hungry fox on her way to tell the king that the sky is falling.
Jaha and Jamil Went Down the Hill: An African Mother Goose
by Virginia Kroll
Charlesbridge 1995 (32p)
African reinterpretations of familiar rhymes from Mother Goose.
The Wee Little Woman
by Byron Barton
Harper 1995 (32p)
A simple retelling of a favorite story about a wee little woman and her mischievous wee little cat.
This Old Man
By Carol Jones
Houghton 1992 (32p)
A favorite old rhyme is illustrated with peep-through-the-hole pictures.
Little Robin Redbreast
by Shari Halpern
North-South 1994 (32p)
Cut-paper collages brighten a catchy Mother Goose rhyme.
Jane Yolen's Mother Goose Songbook
by Jane Yolen
Boyds Mills 1993 (96p)
A collection of songs from Mother Goose.
The Missing Tarts
by B. G. Hennessy
Viking 1988 (32p) Puffin paper 1991
The queen enlists the help of nursery rhyme characters in a spirited search for her missing tarts.
Four and Twenty Dinosaurs
by Bernard Most
Harper 1990 (32p)
Parodies of Mother Goose rhymes use dinosaurs as the main characters.