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Books for Independent Reading

EASY
My Little Island
by Frane Lessac. Harper Trophy, 1985
Explore a Caribbean island through the eyes of a resident whose friend comes to visit.
New Shoes for Silvia
by Johanna Hurwitz. Morrow, 1993
Silvia must wait and wait until her feet grow big enough to wear her new red shoes.
AVERAGE
The Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton. Houghton Mifflin, 1942
The city moves closer and closer to a little house that stands in the country.
The Wednesday Surprise
by Eve Bunting. Clarion Books, 1989
Anna and her grandmother prepare a birthday surprise for Anna's father.
CHALLENGING
Roses Sing on New Snow
by Paul Yee. Macmillan,1991
Maylin creates an American-Chinese dish which blends the two cultures in her life.
My Father's Shoes
by Yumi Heo. Orchard, 1995
Yungsu misses Korea until he makes friends in his new American neighborhood.
Penny in the Road
by Katherine Wilson Precek. Macmillan, New York, 1989
A grandfather tells the story of life in the late 1700s from a penny he found when he was young.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Salt
retold by Jane Langston. Hyperion, 1992
A Russian folktale of exploration and discovery great to read aloud in tasty portions.
Leaving Home With a Pickle Jar
by Barbara Dugan. Greenwillow, 1993
Ernest hopes that taking his pet grasshopper to Minnesota will help make his move easier.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Beauties and Beasts
by Betsy Hearne. Oryx Press, 1993
One volume of a multicultural folktale series. A great storytelling reference.