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Books for Independent Reading

EASY
My Perfect Neighborhood
by Lech Komaiko, Harper, 1990
A girl delights in what she sees on a walk through her neighborhood.
The Night Ones
by Patricia Grossman, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991
When the sun goes down there's another world of workers out there!
One Hundred Is a Family
by Pam Muñoz, Hyperion, 1994
Count your way through a family living, working, and playing together.
The Tickle Tree
by Fran Manushkin, Clarion, 1982
It takes a team effort for a squirrel to reach the heights of a palm tree.
AVERAGE
Potluck
by Anne Shelby, Orchard, 1990
A group of friends shares a potluck dinner.
Taxi! Taxi!
by Cari Best, Little Brown, 1994
Tina and her taxi-driver father manage to give the whole neighborhood a ride.
Wanda's Roses
by Pat Brisson, Boyds Mills, 1994
Wanda's neighbors help her to brighten the community with flowers.
We Keep a Store
by Anne Shelby, Orchard, 1990
A young girl reveals the family teamwork involved in owning a country store.
CHALLENGING
Down Buttermilk Lane
by Barbara Mitchell, Morrow, 1993
Bountiful sights, smells, and tastes fill Dat's life in Amish County, Pennsylvania.
The Five-Dog Night
by Eileen Christelow, Clarion, 1993
Ezra does not need a blanket during the coldest winter nights. Betsy finds out why.
Matthew and Tilly
by Rebecca C. Jones, Dutton, 1991
Even a best friend can sometimes break your brand-new purple crayon.
Pond Year
by Kathryn Lasky, Candlewick, 1995
Two girls explore a nearby pond during all seasons of the year.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Giving Thanks
by Chief Jake Swamp, Lee & Low, 1995
Iroquois children start each day by thanking all living things.
The Little Red Hen
by Margot Zemach, Farrar, 1983
In this retelling of a classic folktale, a hen teaches her friends an important lesson about helping others.
Mrs. Peachtree and the Eighth Avenue Cat
by Erica Silverman, Macmillan, 1994
A stray cat adopts a reluctant Mrs. Peachtree.
Ox-Cart Man
by Donald Hall, Viking, 1979
A farmer makes a long trip to sell the goods his family made and grew all year.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
by Howard Gardner, Basic Books, 1993
A new theory of intelligence and how it applies to learning.
Home: A Collaboration of 30 Distinguished Authors & Illustrators of Children's Books to Aid the Homeless
HarperCollins, 1992
A Share Our Strength book.
Talking with Artists
by Pat Cummings, Bradbury, 1992
A book of interviews complete with the artists' first illustrations.