Books For Independent Reading

Books For the Library Corner

newFlannel Kisses
by Linda Crotta Brennan
Houghton 1997 (32p)
After a snowstorm, a brother and sister spend a happy day playing outdoors, eating warm meals, and reading a story before going off to bed.
newDaddy Calls Me Man
by Rhonda Mitchell
Orchard 1997 (32p)
Inspired by his artist parents' paintings, an African American boy creates four simple, rhyming poems about them.
newLots of Dads
by Shelley Rotner
Dial 1997 (32p)
Color photographs and simple text show dads engaged in activities from working to playing with their children.
Sailaway Home
by Bruce Degan
Scholastic 1996 (32p)
A young pig imagines lively adventures sailing the seas and flying a plane, but he always returns to the security of home.
Za-Za's Baby Brother
by Lucy Cousins
Candlewick 1995 (32p)
Things change for Za-Za when a new baby brother arrives, but she discovers that her parents' love remains the same.
Lots of Moms
by Shelley Rotner
Dial 1996 (32p)
Mothers engage in all kinds of activities with their children in this photoessay.
Big Help!
by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Clarion 1995 (32p)
Sam's little sister Lucy wants to help him do everything, but she's always making a mess.
Uno, Dos, Tres: One, Two, Three
by Pat Mora
Clarion 1996 (32p)
Two sisters shop for a birthday present for their mother at a Mexican market in this rhyming counting book.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

newThe Birthday Swap
by Loretta Lopez
Lee & Low 1997 (32p)
A Mexican American girl looks for the perfect birthday gift for her older sister, but gets a wonderful surprise of her own instead. Available in Spanish as ¡┴Qué sorpresa de cumpleaños!
newLittle Coyote Runs Away
by Craig Kee Strete
Putnam 1997 (32p)
Tired of doing what he is told, Little Coyote runs away with a medicine bag to protect him, but discovers that home is the best place to be after all.
newYou're the Boss, Baby Duck!
by Amy Hest
Candlewick 1997 (32p)
Baby Duck feels neglected with the arrival of her new sister, but Grandpa helps her to realize that she's still important.
by Molly Bang
Scholastic 1996 (32p)
A gosling raised by woodchucks discovers that despite their differences, the woodchucks are her true family.
Baby Duck and the Bad Eyeglasses
by Amy Hest
Candlewick 1996 (32p)
In this sequel to In the Rain with Baby Duck, Grandpa helps Baby Duck see that glasses aren't so bad.
Cousin Ruth's Tooth
by Amy MacDonald
Houghton 1996 (32p)
When Cousin Ruth loses a tooth, the entire Fister family helps her to look for it.
In the Rain with Baby Duck
by Amy Hest
Candlewick 1995 (32p)
Baby Duck hates the rain until Grampa gives her a red umbrella and matching red boots.
A Drop of Rain
by Wong Herbert Yee
Houghton 1995 (32p)
Mistaking drops of rain for a baby's tears, an extended family tries to cheer up the baby.

Books for Shared Reading

by Harriet Ziefert
Houghton 1997 (32p)
In this humorous version of an Appalachian folksong, an extended family does their best to get the baby to go to sleep.
newBig Brother, Little Brother
by Penny Dale
Candlewick 1997 (32p)
When Little Brother is unhappy, Big Brother always knows just how to make things better.
Hush! A Thai Lullaby
by Mingfong Ho
Orchard 1996 (32p)
From a tiny mosquito to a huge elephant, a mother shushes all of the creatures around her home so that her baby can sleep peacefully.
Toby, Where Are You?
by William Steig
Harper 1997 (28p)
Toby hides from his parents upstairs, downstairs, behind the fish tank, under the rug, and just about anywhere, but when he thinks they're never going to find him, he jumps out with a cry of “Here I am!”
To the Tub
by Peggy Perry Anderson
Houghton 1996 (32p)
While his father tries to get him to take a bath, Joe the frog procrastinates by gathering up all of his toys to take with him to the tub
Five Little Ducks: An Old Rhyme
by Pamela Paparone
North-South 1995 (32p)
When her five little ducks disappear one by one, Mother Duck sets out to find them.
Don't Wake Up Mama!
by Eileen Christelow
Clarion paper 1995 (32p)
Five little monkeys try to bake a cake for their mama's birthday, with some unexpected results

Now Available in Paperback

newFive Little Ducks
by Pamela Paparone
Do Like Kyla
by Angela Johnson
Koala Lou
by Mem Fox
It Wasn't Me
by Alma Flor Ada

Now Available in Spanish

newFive Little Ducks (Los cinco patitos)
by Pamela Paparone
Peter's Chair (La silla de Pedro)
by Ezra Jack Keats

Now Available as a Big Book

Peter's Chair
by Ezra Jack Keats
Whose Mouse Are You?
by Robert Kraus
Nicki's Walk
by Jane Tanner
Modern Curriculum Press
Noisy Nora
by Rosemary Wells

Now Out of Print

Ducks Fly
by Lydia Dabcovich
Bye-Bye, Baby
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg