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Level K, Unit 1


Tell Me a Story, Mama
by Angela Johnson. Orchard, 1989.
A young girl asks her mother, “What about when you were little?” The little girl chimes in as her mother tells old favorites.
Do Like Kyla
by Angela Johnson. Orchard, 1990.
A younger sister imitates her older sister in all that she does until Kyla plays the same game.
Walking to School
by Ethel Turner. Orchard, 1988.
On an early twentieth century morning, a five-year-old boy walks to school by himself for the first time. He is afraid, but imagines he appears older to the other children.
Oliver's Vegetables
by Vivian French. Orchard, 1995.
Oliver loves French fries but he must eat his way through leafy green vegetables before he finds the potatoes in his grandpa's garden.
When Grandma Comes
by Jill Paton Walsh. Penguin, 1992.
Grandma compares her love for Madeleine to the wonders of the many far-away places she's visited.


Everyone Asked About You
by Theodore Faro Gross. Philomel, 1990.
A persistent friend convinces a depressed Nora to come out of her house. Rhymed text adds humor.
What Makes Me Happy?
by Catherine and Laurence Anholt. Candlewick, 1994.
This book gives a child's perspective on feelings. A great resource for teaching emotion.
*Yo! Yes?
by Chris Raschka. Orchard, 1993.
This is a playful book about friendship and the different meanings of words. Caldecott Honor book
I Am Six
by Ann Morris. Silver Press, 1995.
This photographic essay illustrates the joy of being six years old.


Creative Storytelling: Building Community, Changing Lives
by Jack Zipes. Routledge, 1995.
The New Read-Aloud Handbook
by Jim Trelease. Penguin, 1989.
Discussion of the importance of oral reading in the family. Extensive annotated bibliography by grade level.


Bein' with You This Way
by W. Nikola-Lisa. Lee & Low, 1994.
Soft illustrations portray the diversity of children while a strong rhyme draws listeners in.
Sing a Song of People
by Lois Lenski. Little, Brown, 1987.
A familiar favorite shows the hustle and bustle of people in a city . Children will pore over the detailed collage illustrations.