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Books for Independent Reading

EASY
Dear Rebecca, Winter Is Here
by Jean Craighead George. HarperCollins, 1993
A book of all seasons and a grandmother's love.
Something Special
by David McPhail. Little Brown, 1988
Sam, the youngest in a raccoon family, sets out to discover his own special talents.
I Want to Be an Astronaut
by Byron Barton. Crowell, 1988
A boy wants to be an astronaut so he can fly into space.
I've Been Working on the Railroad
by Nadine Bernard Westcott. Hyperion, 1996
A lively rendition of a favorite American folk song.
AVERAGE
A Birthday Basket for Tia
by Pat Mora. Macmillan, 1992
A young girl and her cat, Chica, put together a birthday surprise for her aunt.
One Round Moon
by Ingrid Mennen. Orchard, 1994
A Lesotho child needs to know he still belongs when a new baby brother is born.
Sheila Rae, the Brave
by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, 1987
Two mouse sisters experience the value of one another's company.
Bitter Bananas
by Isaac Olaleye. Boyds Mill Press, 1994
Yusuf solves a problem with wit and humor in this African folktale.
CHALLENGING
Pablo's Tree
by Pat Mora. Macmillan, 1994
Pablo's birthday is always special because of the tree his grandfather planted.
My First Kwanzaa Book
by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate. Scholastic, 1992
Learn about an African-American celebration.
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
by Jean Marzollo. Scholastic, 1993
A great first book on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his work.
Nutcracker Noel
by Kate McMullan. HarperCollins, 1993
Noel learns that all the roles in a ballet are important, especially when you work hard.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Tree of Cranes
by Allen Say. Houghton Mifflin, 1991
A California memory comes to life when a Japanese mother shares Christmas with her son.
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
by Eric Kimmel. Holiday House, 1989
Hershel uses his brain against a horde of troublesome goblins and frees a haunted village.
Chicken Man
by Michelle Edwards. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1991
Chicken Man learns that it is difficult to complete the many different tasks in a kibbutz.
The Sugaring-Off Party
by Jonathan London. Dutton, 1995
Paul's grandmother tells a story of maple sugaring at her Tante Loulou's farmhouse.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Celebrations
by Myra Cohn Livingston. Holiday House, 1985
A collection of poetry for the holidays.
Celebrate America in Poetry & Art
by N. Panzer. Hyperion. 1994
Learn about America through poetry and art.
Dinner at Aunt Connie's House
by Faith Ringgold. Hyperion Books, 1993
Twelve paintings of famous African-American women speak and two young cousins listen.