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Houghton Mifflin Reading Bibliography by Theme

Reading Theme 1 Bibliography

Grade K Houghton Mifflin Reading

Bibliography

The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Theme 1 Recommended Books: Look at Us!

For Browsing:

Here Comes the Bus by Anastasia Suen
Lee & Low 2000 (8p)
A girl and her friends get on the bus at different stops, but get off together at school.
Multicultural

Hello, Lulu by Caroline Uff
Walker 1999 (24p)
Bright pictures and brief text introduce Lulu, her family, and her favorite things.

Good Morning, Good Night by Michael Grejniec
North-South 1993 (32p) also paper
Two children playing, working, and resting introduce the concept of opposites. Available in Spanish as Buenos días, buenos noches.

I Am a Bunny by Richard Scarry
Golden 1963 (22p)
A bunny named Nicholas shares the many things he likes to do throughout the seasons.

The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Crown 1996 (32p)
A Chinese girl's imagination transforms a piece of string into a dragon and other things.
Multicultural

The Body Book by Shelley Rotner
Orchard 2000 (32p)
Photos and brief text present parts of the body that help us do many different things.
Science

Bear About Town by Stella Blackstone
Barefoot 2000 (24p)
Each day of the week, Bear walks to town to do something different.

What Do You Like? by Michael Grejniec
North-South 1992 (32p) also paper
A boy and a girl take turns telling about the things they like. Available in Spanish as ¿Qué te gusta?

For Read Aloud

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson
Viking 1999 (32p)
Henry's eager to go to kindergarten, but when he gets there he's unsure about staying.

I Am Me by Karla Kuskin
Simon 2000 (32p)
A girl may look like other members of her family, but she's also “no one else but me.”
Multicultural

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Harper 1964 (32p) also paper
Frances the badger decides all she wants to eat are bread and jam. Available in Spanish as Pan y mermelada para Francisca.
Classic

I Can Tell by Touching by Carolyn Otto
Harper 1994 (32p) also paper
An explanation of how the sense of touch helps to identify objects and surroundings.
Science

* Shape Space by Cathryn Falwell
Clarion 1992 (32p)
A gymnast dances her way among rectangles, triangles, circles, and squares.
Multicultural

* On Monday When It Rained
by Cherryl Kachenmeister
Houghton 1989 (32p)
Each day of the week, a boy describes how the things that happen make him feel.

My Five Senses by Aliki
Harper (40p) also paper
An explanation of how sound, taste, smell, sight, and touch help us to discover the world. Available in Spanish as Mis cinco sentidos.
Science

Jacob's Tree by Holly Keller
Greenwillow 1999 (32p)
The youngest in his family, Jacob has a hard time waiting to grow.

Off to School, Baby Duck! by Amy Hest
Candlewick 1999 (32p)
Grampa knows just what to do when Baby Duck gets the first-day-of-school jitters.

Animal Music by Harriet Ziefert
Houghton 1999 (32p)
In two rhyming stories, a group of animals have a merry time making music together.

When Dinosaurs Go to School by Linda Martin
Chronicle 1999 (32p)
Rhyming verse tells how dinosaur children spend a busy, fun-filled day at school.

For Shared Reading

What Does the Rabbit Say? by Jacque Hall
Doubleday 2000 (28p)
All kinds of animals are making noise, but a boy and girl wonder what sound their pet rabbit makes.

Guess Who? by Margaret Miller
Greenwillow 1994 (32p)
Logical thinking skills are reinforced as children guess the answers to questions about various professions.
Social Studies

Greetings, Sun by Phillis Gershator
DK Ink 1998 (32p) also paper
A pair of children joyfully greet everything that catches their eye throughout a day.
Multicultural

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Harper 1997 (32p)
Animals invite children to stretch and bend and clap in this book about body movement.

The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
Clarion 1975 (32p) also paper
A gingerbread boy outruns a host of pursuers before he's eaten by a fox.
Classic

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Candlewick 1999 (32p)
A child describes his relationship with his shadow in this classic poem.
Classic

Hello Toes! Hello Feet! by Ann Whitford Paul
Orchard 1998 (32p)
A girl delights in all of the things her feet help her to do in the course of a day.

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
Random 1970 (28p)
Mr. Brown, an expert at imitating all kinds of sounds, invites readers to do the same.
Classic

For Phonics Read Aloud

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Simon 1989 (32p) also paper
In a lively alphabet rhyme, the letters race each other up a coconut tree.

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
Dutton 1996 (32p)
A kindergarten class gets ready for the first day of school in this rhyming alphabet story.

Action Alphabet by Shelley Rotner
Harcourt 1996 (32p)
Children act out action verbs from arching and floating to swinging and zipping.
Multicultural

ABC I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson
Viking 1997 (32p)
A pig and her friends romp through the alphabet, telling why they feel good about themselves.


Theme 2 Recommended Books: Colors All Around

For Browsing

Green by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann
Sandcastle 1999 (24p)
Photos and simple text describe familiar objects that are the color green. See others in series.
Multicultural

Freight Train by Donald Crews
Greenwillow 1978 (24p)
A train of colored cars journeys through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.
Classic

Yellow Ball by Molly Bang
Morrow 1991 (24p) also paper
A boy's yellow ball drifts out to sea and washes up on a distant shore.
Multicultural

Carmen's Colors by Maria Diaz
Lee & Low 2000 (8p)
A Mexican American girl and her mother buy an array of colorful items at an outdoor market.
Multicultural

Color Dance by Ann Jonas
Greenwillow 1989 (32p)
A dancer waving a scarf demonstrates different color combinations.
Multicultural

* Tell Me a Season by Mary McKenna Siddals
Clarion 1997 (32p)
Simple text describes the colors of the changing seasons.

Butterfly Colors by Helen Frost
Pebble 1999 (24p)
Photographs present the colors and patterns of butterfly wings.
Science

Kente Colors by Debbi Chocolate
Walker 1996 (32p) also paper
A celebration of the traditional, colorful kente cloth made by the peoples of Ghana and Togo.
Multicultural

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Harcourt 1988 (32p) also paper
Planting a garden of flowers, a child learns the colors of the rainbow.
Science

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Harcourt 1989 (32p) also paper
Three white mice experiment with jars of red, yellow, and blue paint. Available in Spanish as Pinta ratones.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Robert Kraus
Harper 1955 (64p) also paper
A boy draws himself exciting adventures with a purple crayon. Available in Spanish as Harold y el lápiz color morado.
Classic

A Color of His Own
by Leo Lionni
Knopf 1997 (32p) paper
A chameleon goes in search of a color he can call his very own.

All the Colors of the Earth
by Sheila Hamanaka
Morrow 1994 (32p)
Young people of all colors dance across the pages of this poetic celebration of diversity.
Multicultural

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow 1996 (32p)
The new purple plastic purse Lilly takes to school gets her into trouble.

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present
by Charlotte Zolotow
Harper 1962 (32p) also paper
A rabbit helps a girl create a colorful birthday gift for her mother. Available in Spanish as El señor Conejo y el hermoso regalo.
Classic

Animals Black and White
by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Charlesbridge 1996 (32p) also paper
Questions and answers present information on black-and-white animals.
Science

Chidi Only Likes Blue
by Ifeoma Onyefulu
Dutton 1997 (32p) also paper
Chidi's older sister teaches him about the colors they see in their Nigerian village.
Social Studies

George Paints His House
by Francine Bassède
Orchard 1999 (32p)
George the duck's animal friends give him ideas on what color to paint his house.

For Shared Reading

A Beasty Story by Bill Martin Jr.
Harcourt 1999 (32p)
In a rhyming story incorporating color words, four mice who explore a dark house get a surprise.

* Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers by Merle Peek
Clarion 1985 (32p) also paper
On Katy's birthday her animal friends come to the party dressed in clothes of different colors.
Music

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Holt 1992 (32p)
Animals answer the repeated question “What do you see?” in a playful book about color.
Classic

One Gray Mouse by Katherine Burton
Kids Can 1997 (32p)
Readers count from one gray mouse to ten red snails in this rhyme.
Math

Teeny, Tiny Mouse by Laura Leuck
Bridgewater 1998 (32p)
A teeny, tiny mouse names objects of various colors he sees around his house.

My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard
Holt 1996 (32p)
Rhyming verse celebrates color as a child imagines her crayons talking.

Let's Go Visiting by Sue Williams
Harcourt 1998 (32p)
A boy visits his farmyard friends, from one brown foal to six yellow puppies.
Math

New Shoes, Red Shoes by Susan Rollings
Orchard 2000 (32p)
Bouncy verse tells how a girl goes shopping for a new pair of shoes with her mother.

For Phonics Read Aloud

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman
Puffin 1978 (32p)
A small boy who longs to have a rainbow of his own has his wish fulfilled.
Classic

Miss Mary Mack by Mary Ann Hoberman
Little 1998 (32p)
A purple elephant jumps over a fence with funny consequences.

Who Said Red? by Mary Serfozo
McElderry 1988 (32p) also paper
As a girl suggests colors he might like, a boy looks for his red kite in this rhyming story.


Theme 3 Recommended Books: We're a Family

For Browsing

Lots of Dads by Shelley Rotner
Dial 1997 (32p) also paper
Photographs show all kinds of dads engaged in activities from work to play with their children.
Multicultural

Bath Time by Lucy Malka
Lee & Low 2000 (8p)
A Latino boy puts so many things into his tub at bathtime that the water overflows.
Multicultural

Mothers Are Like That by Carol Carrick
Clarion 2000 (28p)
Simple text describes how animals and human mothers care for their young.

Mothers & Babies by the World Wildlife Fund
Cedco 1997 (28p)
Labeled photographs show animal mothers and their babies.
Science

Buzz by Janet S. Wong
Harcourt 2000 (32p)
A busy morning for an Asian American boy and his parents begins with the alarm clock's buzz.
Multicultural

Mom and Me by Miela Ford
Greenwillow 1998 (24p)
Photographs and brief text show a polar bear cub and its mother sleeping, playing, and eating at the zoo.

A High Low Near Far Loud Quiet Story by Nina Crews
Greenwillow 1999 (24p)
Captioned photos show a sister and brother acting out a series of opposites during their day.

Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson
Orchard 1997 (32p)
A boy's artist parents inspire him to create four brief poems about his family.
Multicultural, Art

Bird Families by Helen Frost
Pebble 1999 (24p)
Photographs and brief, repetitive text describe where and how cardinals, puffins, and other birds nest.
Science

For Teacher Read Aloud

Big Book of Families by Catherine and Laurence Anholt
Candlewick 1998 (32p)
Rhyming poems and pictures celebrate all kinds of families.
Multicultural

* Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne
Houghton (32p) also paper
Pocketless Katy Kangaroo sets out to find something in which to carry her son, Freddy. Available in Spanish as Katy no tiene bolsa.
Classic

Rabbit Food by Susanna Gretz
Candlewick 1999 (32p)
Uncle Bunny tries to get his nephew John to eat the carrots and celery that he himself dislikes.

A Birthday Basket for Tía
by Pat Mora
Simon 1992 (32p) also paper
A girl gathers a basket full of special things for her great-aunt's birthday. Available in Spanish as Una canasta de cumpleanños para Tía.
Multicultural

When Will Sarah Come? by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Greenwillow 1999 (32p)
Jonathan, an African American boy, waits impatiently for his sister Sarah to come home from school.
Multicultural

* On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
Clarion 1992 (32p) also paper
An Inuit boy discovers there's room for himself and his baby sister on their mother's lap.
Multicultural

Night Shift Daddy by Eileen Spinelli
Hyperion 2000 (32p)
In rhyming text, a father shares dinner and bedtime rituals with his daughter before working the night shift.

Little Bear's Visit by Else Holmelund Minarik
Harper 1961 (64p) also paper
Little Bear's favorite thing about visiting his grandparents is the stories they tell.
Classic

Come Along, Daisy! by Jane Simmons
Little 1998 (32p)
Daisy the duckling forgets to follow her mama as she investigates the wildlife on her pond.

* Jamaica Tag-Along by Juanita Havill
Houghton 1989 (32p) also paper
Jamaica's feelings are hurt when her brother won't let her tag along to his basketball game.
Multicultural

Under the Table by Marisabina Russo
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
A girl draws on the underside of a coffee table, and finds there are limits to what's allowed.

Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
Harper 1967 (32p) also paper
Peter learns to accept—and even to love—his new baby sister. Available in Spanish as La silla de Pedro.
Classic, Multicultural

For Shared Reading

Off We Go! by Jane Yolen
Little 2000 (32p)
In a rhythmic, rhyming story, Little Mouse, Little Frog, and other baby animals sing their way to grandma's house.

Big Brother, Little Brother by Penny Dale
Candlewick 1997 (32p)
Two brothers know exactly how to help each other out when one of them is upset.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
Harper 2000 (32p)
Through repetitive questions, readers learn that animals have mothers just like people do.

We're Making Breakfast for Mother by Shirley Neitzel
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
In a cumulative, rhyming rebus story, two children make breakfast—and a mess—for their mother.

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
Holt 1998 (32p)
While two kittens copy everything their mama does, their brother Boris naps.

Hush, Little Baby by Marla Frazee
Harper 1999 (32p)
In a lively interpretation of a traditional Appalachian lullaby, a girl is sure she can calm a howling infant.
Music

For Phonics Read Aloud

New Moon by Pegi Deitz Shea
Boyds Mills 1996 (32p)
A boy and his baby sister spend time watching the winter moon in the sky.
Multicultural

The Biggest Bed in the World by Lindsay Camp
Harper 2000 (32p)
To get a good night's sleep, Ben's dad decides to build the biggest bed in the world.

No, No, Titus! by Claire Masurel
North-South 1997 (32p) also paper
A farm family's dog has trouble figuring out exactly what his job is.

Bear's Busy Family by Stella Blackstone
Barefoot 1999 (32p)
In simple rhyming text, a bear introduces and describes all of his relatives.


Theme 4 Recommended Books: Friends Together

For Browsing

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
Putnam 1995 (28p)
A firefly flits through a summer night in search of friends.

Here Comes the Bus by Anastasia Suen
Lee & Low 2000 (8p)
An Asian American girl greets all her friends as they climb on the school bus.
Multicultural

Two Girls Can by Keiko Narahashi
McElderry 2000 (32p)
Two girls celebrate all the things that friends can do together.
Multicultural

Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon by Maggie Smith
Crown 2000 (32p)
When Daisy gets the chicken pox, Peter proves he's a friend she can count on.
Math

Best Friends by Marcia Leonard
Millbrook 1999 (32p) also paper
Two girls are best friends even though they're different in many ways.
Multicultural

Cat and Mouse in the Rain by Tomek Bogacki
Farrar 1997 (32p)
On a rainy day, friends Cat and Mouse have fun splashing through puddles with a frog. See others in series.

My Pal Al by Marcia Leonard
Millbrook 1998 (32p) also paper
An African American girl and her favorite stuffed animal spend a busy, happy day together.
Multicultural

For Teacher Read Aloud

* Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
Houghton 1972 (48p) also paper
Spending the night at his friend Reggie's, Ira worries about not having his teddy bear.

My Steps by Sally Derby
Lee & Low 1996 (32p) also paper
An African American girl and her friends have fun playing on the front steps of her city home. Available in Spanish as Mi escalera.
Multicultural

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Farrar 1999 (32p)
Friends Cat, Duck, and Squirrel make soup together the same way every day until a squabble breaks out.

Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban
Harper 1969 (32p) also paper
Frances the badger teaches her next-door neighbor Albert about friendship.
Classic

The Best of Friends by Pirkko Vainio
North-South 2000 (32p)
Hare likes carrots and Bear prefers fish, but despite their differences, the pair are good friends.

Friends! by Elaine Scott
Simon 2000 (32p)
Photographs and text introduce friends and the activities they share.
Multicultural

Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow 1988 (32p) also paper
Friends Chester and Wilson are set in their ways until Lilly moves into the neighborhood.

A Letter to Amy By Ezra Jack Keats
Harper 1968 (32p) also paper
Peter rushes out in a thunderstorm to send his friend Amy an invitation to his party.
Classic

Friend Frog by Alma Flor Ada
Harcourt 2000 (32p)
Field Mouse can't jump or swim like the frog he meets at the pond, but they become friends.
Science

* My Friend and I by Lisa Jahn-Clough
Houghton 1999 (32p)
Two friends who fight over a toy discover it's more fun playing together than alone.

For Shared Reading

A Summery Saturday Morning by Margaret Mahy
Viking 1998 (32p)
A group of friends and their dogs enjoy a lively walk on a summer morning.

Howdi Do by Woody Guthrie
Candlewick 2000 (24p)
A playful song celebrates friendliness and being neighborly.
Music

May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Macmillan 1964 (32p) also paper
A boy invited to tea with the king and queen takes along his animal friends in this repetitive, rhyming story.
Classic

Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham
Holt 1988 (32p) also paper
Mr. Gumpy and his friends end up overboard when too many pile into his boat.
Classic

Bein' with You This Way by W. Nikola-Lisa
Lee & Low 1995 (32p) also paper
In cumulative rhyme, a girl rounds up a group of friends for fun in the park. Available in Spanish as La alegría de ser tú y yo.
Multicultural

What Shall We Do When We All Go Out? by Shari Halpern
North-South 1995 (32p) also paper
Two children have fun playing together in this song.
Music

For Phonics Read Aloud

Oh, Cats by Nola Buck
Harper 1997 (24p) also paper
A girl tries to make playmates of the three cats she finds in her back yard.

Two Cool Coyotes by Jillian Lund
Dutton 1999 (32p)
When Frank the coyote's friend Angelina moves, things just aren't the same without her.

The Visitor by Patrice Aggs
Orchard 1999 (32p)
Kittens Cosy and Posy discover that someone very different from themselves can be a good friend.


Theme 5 Recommended Books: Let's Count!

For Browsing

Animal 123's by The World Wildlife Fund
Cedco 1998 (40p)
Colorful photographs show wild animals, from one owl to twenty lions.
Science

Splash! by Ann Jonas
Greenwillow 1995 (24p)
A girl and a menagerie of animals swim, fall in, and climb out of a pond in changing combinations.
Multicultural

One Hole in the Road by W. Nikola-Lisa
Holt 1996 (32p)
Passers-by watch as ten workmen scurry to fix one hole in the road.
Social Studies

* Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone
Clarion 1986 (32p) also paper
Three kittens lose their mittens in this favorite Mother Goose rhyme.
Classic

More, Fewer, Less by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow 1998 (32p)
Photos show groupings of objects like shells, vegetables, and sheep in larger and smaller numbers.
Math

Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon by Maggie Smith
Crown 2000 (40p)
When Daisy comes down with the chicken pox, Peter proves he's a friend she can count on.
Math

Let's Count by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow 1999 (32p)
Photographs of everyday objects introduce the numbers from one to one hundred.
Math

Ten Rosy Roses by Eve Merriam
Harper 1999 (32p)
One by one, a group of children pick ten roses for their teacher in this counting rhyme.
Multicultural

Every Buddy Counts by Stuart Murphy
Harper 1997 (32p) also paper
A girl counts all her pals, including one hamster, five neighbors, and ten teddy bears.
Math

For Teacher Read Aloud

Can You Top That? by W. Nikola-Lisa
Lee & Low 2000 (32p)
A group of children try to outdo each other imagining increasing numbers of fantastic animals.
Multicultural

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
Putnam 1996 (32p) paper
An old man who sets off to find one kitten returns home with oodles of cats. Available in Spanish as Millones de gatos.
Classic

Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle
Simon 1972 (32p) also paper
Off to see the world, Rooster is joined by fourteen animals along the way.
Math

Emily's First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells
Hyperion 2000 (64p)
Counting each day from 1 to 100, Emily and her classmates learn numbers in many different ways.
Math

Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss
Random 1961 (64p)
A lion, a tiger, and a dog try to outdo each other balancing apples on their heads.
Classic

Night Lights by Steven Schnur
Farrar 2000 (32p)
Before she goes to bed, Melinda counts the lights around her, from night lights to stars.
Social Studies

How Many Stars in the Sky? by Lenny Hort
Tambourine 1991 (32p) also paper
Unable to sleep, a father and son look for a good place to count the stars in the sky.
Multicultural

Quack and Count by Keith Baker
Harcourt 1999 (32p)
Playful ducklings demonstrate the many ways to count to seven in this rhyming look at addition.
Math

123 Moose by Andrea Helman & Art Wolfe
Sasquatch (32p) 1998
Photographs and text present the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest in this counting book.
Science

Emeka's Gift by Ifeoma Onyefulu
Cobblehill 1995 (32p)
A Nigerian boy counts objects at a market.
Multicultural

For Shared Reading

Somewhere in the Ocean by Jennifer Ward and T. J. Marsh
Rising Moon 2000 (32p)
A counting song modeled after “Over in the Meadow” presents sea animals and their offspring.
Music, Math

A Tree for Me by Nancy Van Laan
Knopf 2000 (32p)
A child climbs five trees and discovers them occupied by animals, from one owl to five spiders.
Math

* Can You Count Ten Toes? by Lezlie Evans
Houghton 1999 (32p)
Rhyming text invites readers to count to ten in languages including Spanish, Korean, and Zulu.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Clarion 1989 (32p) also paper
Five mischievous monkeys bouncing on a bed fall off and bump their heads. See others in series.
Math

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
Candlewick 1998 (32p)
An increasing number of animals try to help a duck stuck in a mucky marsh.
Math

Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff
Harcourt 1957 (32p) also paper
A Caldecott Honor book, this traditional rhyme counts animals and their babies.
Classic

* Roll Over! A Counting Song by Merle Peek
Clarion 1981 (32p) also paper
One by one, a boy's nine animal friends roll over and fall out of his bed in this song.
Classic

For Phonics Read Aloud

Five Little Ducks by Pamela Paparone
North-South 1995 (32p)
Mother Duck sets out to find her disappearing duckling in this traditional rhyme. Available in Spanish as Los cinco patitos.
Classic

Ten Flashing Fireflies by Philomen Sturges
North-South 1995 (32p)
A girl and boy count up to ten and down again as they catch and then release ten fireflies.
Math

Ten Clean Pigs/Ten Dirty Pigs by Carol Roth
North-South 1999 (32p)
Ten pigs have fun getting clean and then getting dirty again.
Math

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Harper 1997 (32p)
With the words “Can you do it?” animals invite children to imitate their movement.


Theme 6 Recommended Books: Sunshine and Raindrops

For Browsing

Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky
Putnam 1997 (32p)
Beneath a dry hedge, a mother rabbit and her bunnies wait out a spring rainstorm.
Science

Snowy Flowy Blowy: A Twelve Months Rhyme by Nancy Tarfuri
Scholastic 1999 (32p)
Twelve rhyming words take readers through a family's year in the country.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Viking 1962 (32p) also paper
In this Caledcott Medal-winning story, a boy discovers the joys of a snowy day. Available in Spanish as Un Dí de nieve.
Classic

One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews
Greenwillow 1995 (24p)
A girl dances her way through a hot summer day until a thunderstorm brings relief.
Multicultural

A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Dutton 1994 (24p) also paper
On a snowy day, the daffy hen Minerva Louise wears a pair of mittens as hats for her head and tail.

Rain by Robert Kalan
Greenwillow 1978 (24p) also paper
After a day has gone from sunny to rainy, a beautiful rainbow appears in the sky.

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Harcourt 1995 (32p)
Using buttons, evergreens, bottle caps, and other materials, children create a snow family on a winter day.

For Teacher Read Aloud

The Windy Day by G. Brian Karas
Simon 1998 (32p)
A blustery breeze upsets the townspeople, but a boy named Bernard loves the windy weather.

Weather by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Harper 1994 (64p) also paper
Short poems about all kinds of weather.

Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root
Houghton 1999 (32p) also paper
When Grandmother Winter shakes out the quilt she makes from goose feathers, it starts to snow.

* Rain Song by Lezlie Evans
Houghton 1995 (32p) also paper
Poetic text celebrates the excitement of a summer thunderstorm.

Snow by Uri Shulevitz
Farrar 1998 (32p)
Despite all predictions to the contrary, a boy is sure it will snow in this Caldecott Honor story.

Can You See the Wind? by Allan Fowler
Children's 1999 (32p) also paper
Color photos and brief text explain what wind is and how it affects the weather.
Science

April Showers by George Shannon
Greenwillow 1995 (32p)
Five silly frogs twirl and leap and skip their way through the rain.

A Year for Kiko by Ferida Wolff
Houghton 1997 (32p)
Throughout the seasons, Kiko enjoys activities from catching snowflakes to cooling off in a pool.
Multicultural

Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn Branley
Harper 1998 (32p) also paper
An introduction to weather and the water cycle includes easy experiments.
Science

Hide-and-Seek Fog by Alvin Tresselt
Lothrop 1965 (32p) also paper
For three days in a Cape Cod village, children romp and play in a heavy fog.
Classic

Rain Talk by Mary Serfozo
McElderry 1990 (32p)
A girl and her dog enjoy the many different sounds rain makes on a summer day.
Multicultural

Elmer Takes Off by David McKee
Lothrop 1998 (32p)
Elmer the patchwork elephant pretends to be blown away on a windy day.

* Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Burton
Houghton 1943 (40p)
Katy the snow plow saves Geopolis when a winter storm strikes.
Classic

When It Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershator
Holt 1998 (32p)
In rhyming verse, mice, turtles, bears, and other animals tell what they do when it snows.

For Shared Reading

* Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party by Bernard Waber
Houghton 1997 (40p)
Bearsie Bear's animal friends crowd into his house to escape the cold.

The Itsy-Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani
Whispering Coyote 1993 (32p)
An extended version of the familiar rhyme in which the weather causes trouble for a spider.

Winter Lullaby by Barbara Seuling
Harcourt 1998 (32p)
Rhyming verse reveals what different animals do to survive the changing seasons.

A Summery Saturday Morning by Margaret Mahy
Viking 1998 (32p)
In a rhyming, repetitive story, a group of children set out for a lively summer walk.

In a Cow's Backyard by Alma Flor Ada
Santillana 1991 (32p) paper
A succession of animals join an ant lying in a hammock in the shade on a hot day.

For Phonics Read Aloud

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Harper 1971 (32p) also paper
Leo the tiger learns to read and write in his own good time
Classic

A Letter for Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
Puffin 1998 (32p)
Peter goes out in a thunderstorm to mail a special birthday party invitation to his friend Amy.
Multicultural

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
Dial 1981 (32p) also paper
In a cumulative Nandi tale, Ki-pat brings rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain.
Multicultural

May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Atheneum 1964 (32p)
A boy brings his animal friends when he's invited to tea by the king and queen.
Classic

The Quilt by Ann Jonas
Greenwillow 1987 (24p)
A young girl's quilt inspires a dream adventure.
Multicultural


Theme 7 Recommended Books: Wheels Go Around

For Browsing

*ABCDrive! by Naomi Howland
Clarion 2000 (32p)
A boy on a car trip sees things related to vehicles for every letter of the alphabet.

This Train by Paul Collicut
Farrar 1999 (32p)
Pictures of trains and brief sentences in large type demonstrate opposites and simple contrasts.

Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom! by Stuart J. Murphy
Harper 2000 (40p) paper
Molly plays with her brother's toy cars, but can she put them back in the right order before her brother comes home?
Math

So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban
Greenwillow 1998 (32p)
The geometric concepts of circles and squares are presented in photos of wheels, signs, and other objects.
Math

Delivery by Anastasia Suen
Viking 1999 (32p)
Trucks, bicycles, taxis, and other vehicles deliver everything from newspapers to groceries.
Social Studies

Circular Movement by Lola M. Schaefer
Pebble 2000 (24p)
Photographs and simple text describe objects that move in circles.
Science

Traffic Jam by Seymour Chwast
Houghton 1999 (32p)
In a book with fold-out pages, a cat and her kitten cause a traffic jam when they cross the road.

Night at the Fair by Donald Crews
Greenwillow 1998 (32p)
Nighttime is a great time to be at the fair, and the best ride of all is the giant Ferris wheel.
Multicultural

Cars by Gail Saunders-Smith
Pebble 1998 (24p)
Photographs and word pairs describe different kinds of cars.

My Puffer Train by Mary Murphy
Houghton 1999 (32p)
On the way to the seashore in his train, Penguin invites other animals aboard.

Bear on a Bike by Stella Blackstone
Barefoot 1999 (32p)
A bear tries out various modes of transportation.

For Teacher Read Aloud

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Houghton 1939 (48p) also paper
Mike and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, don't give up when they lose their job. Available in Spanish as Mike Mulligan y su maquina maravillosa.
Classic

* Curious George ® Rides a Bike by H. A. Rey
Houghton 1952 (48p)
Curious George helps a boy with his paper route and gets into all sorts of trouble.
Classic

Fire Engines by Marcia S. Freeman
Pebble 1999 (24p)
A simple description of fire engines and the equipment they carry.
Social Studies

Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough
Harper 2000 (32p)
A frog, a goat, and a sheep help Duck when his truck gets stuck.

On the Move by Henry Pluckrose
Watts 1998 (32p) also paper
Photos and text present all kinds of vehicles that help people get from place to place.
Social Studies

* On Monday When It Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister
Houghton 1989 (32p)
Each day of the week, a boy describes how the things that happen make him feel.

Truck Talk by Bobbi Katz
Cartwheel 1997 (32p)
In poems paired with photos, trucks talk about what they do.

Window Music by Anastasia Suen
Viking 1998 (32p)
A train clickety clacks its way over hills and through valleys.

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Putnam 1930 (48p) also paper
A small but determined train engine helps get food and toys to children waiting in a valley. Available in Spanish as La pequeña locomotora que sí pudo.
Classic

How Do You Lift a Lion? by Robert E. Wells
Whitman 1996 (32p) also paper
A simple look at how levers, pulleys, and wheels help to move heavy objects.
Science

Seymour Simon's Book of Trucks by Seymour Simon
Harper 2000 (32p)
Photographs of trucks accompany descriptions of the jobs they do.
Social Studies

For Shared Reading

Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
Holt 2000 (32p)
At every stop, animals join a family riding a bus in this popular song.
Music

* Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
Houghton 1986 (32p)
Five sheep out for a ride in their Jeep run into trouble.

Down By the Station by Will Hillenbrand
Harcourt 1999 (32p)
In this version of a familiar song, baby animals ride to the children's zoo on a train.
Music

Beep! Beep! by Anne Miranda
Turtle 1999 (32p)
A boy imagines himself to be many different vehicles, from a jeep to a rocket.

Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car by Eileen Christelow
Clarion 2000 (32p)
Five monkeys try to persuade their crocodile neighbors to buy their old car. See others in series.

The Train Ride by June Crebbin
Candlewick 1995 (32p) also paper
In a story with patterned text, a girl traveling by train to her grandmother's watches the world go by her window.

For Phonics Read Aloud

Dazzling Diggers by Tony Mitton
Kingfisher 1997 (24p)
Animals operate digging machines that move rubble and do other things in this rhyming story.

Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Scholastic 1993 (32p) also paper
A boy pretends his mama's wheelchair is everything from a racehorse to a spaceship.

Zeely Zebra by Barbara Derubertis
Kane 1997 (32p) also paper
Zeely Zebra dreams of making the All-Star Racing team.


Theme 8 Recommended Books: Down on the Farm

For Browsing

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Putnam 1989 (32p)
Farm animals try to divert an industrious spider from spinning her web.
Classic

Calves by Kelly Doudna
ABDO 1999 (24p)
Simple text and photos describe the traits and behavior of calves. See others in series.
Science

Farm Animals by Wendy Barish
Scholastic 1998 (32p)
In an introduction to farm animals, see-through plastic pages change the pictures.

Cock-A-Doodle Doo by Steve Lavis
Lodestar 1997 (32p)
Ten noisy animals crow, woof, oink, and moo in this farmyard counting book.
Math

A Day at Greenhill Farm by Sue Nicholson
DK 1998 (32p) also paper
When the rooster crows, a busy day begins at Greenhill Farm.
Social Studies

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Harcourt 1999 (32p) paper
A hen and her chicks count to ten in this rhyme.
Math

Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
A hungry fox slinks behind an unsuspecting hen as she walks around the barnyard. Available in Spanish as El paseo de Rosie.
Classic

Where's My Egg? by Tony Mitton
Candlewick 1999 (32p)
Mama Hen searches all over the farm for her lost egg in a rhyming story with split pages.

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Harper 1989 (32p) also paper
Rhyming text tells the story of the animals that live in a big red barn. Available in Spanish as El gran granero rojo.

For Teacher Read Aloud

* The Pig Is in the Pantry, The Cat Is on the Shelf by Shirley Mozelle
Clarion 2000 (32p)
Eight farm animals make mischief in Mr. McDuffel's house.

Who Wakes Rooster? by Clare Hodgson Meeker
Simon 1996 (32p)
When the sun doesn't shine to wake rooster, all the animals on the farm stay asleep.

The Farm by Gail Saunders-Smith
Pebble 1998 (24p)
A simple photo essay describes the animals and crops raised on a farm.
Social Studies

My Goose Betsy by Trudi Braun
Candlewick 1999 (32p)
The narrator describes how her goose Betsy looks and behaves.
Science

Farmer Brown Goes Round and Round by Teri Sloat
DK Ink 1999 (32p)
A twister roars through Farmer Brown's farm and mixes-up all of the animals' usual sounds.

On the Farm by Henry Pluckrose
Watts 1998 (32p) also paper
Photos and text present some of the machines used on farms, including tractors and balers.
Social Studies

Is There Room on the Feather Bed? by Libba Moore Gray
Orchard 1997 (32p)
A duck, pig, and other animals crowd onto a wee couple's feather bed in this cumulative tale.

Farmyard Tales from Far and Wide by Wendy Cooling and Rosslyn Moran
Barefoot 1998 (47p)
Seven traditional farmyard stories from Germany, India, China, and other countries.
Multicultural

Pigs by Gail Gibons
Holiday 1999 (32p)
An introduction to pigs, their physical characteristics, and their behavior.
Science

This and That by Julie Sykes
Holt 1996 (32p)
Cat collects “this and that” from her barnyard friends to make a bed for her new kittens.

For Shared Reading

Barn Cat: A Counting Book by Carol P. Saul
Little 1998 (32p) also paper
As a cat waits patiently for a saucer of milk, rhyming verse describes the animals around her.
Math

Let's Go Visiting by Sue Williams
Harcourt 1998 (32p)
A boy visits his farmyard friends, from one brown foal to six yellow puppies.
Math

Over on the Farm by Christopher Gunson
Scholastic 1997 (32p)
Farmyard animals and their offspring star in this bright counting rhyme.
Math

* Cat Goes Fiddle-I-Fee by Paul Galdone
Clarion 1985 (32p) paper
A cumulative rhyme introduces children to the sounds farm animals make.

Old MacDonald by Amy Schwartz
Scholastic 1999 (32p)
Old MacDonald and his entire family appear in this classic children's song.
Music

Z-Z-Zoink! by Bernard Most
Harcourt 1999 (32p)
A pig whose snoring wakes up the farmyard animals discovers the perfect place to sleep.

For Phonics Read Aloud

A Box Can Be Many Things by Dana Meachen Rau

Children's 1997 (32p) also paper
A girl and her brother pretend a box is a cave, a car, a house, and other things.

Hot Dog by Molly Coxe
Golden 1998 (32p)
On a hot day on the farm, a small brown dog trying to cool down gets into trouble.

The Fox on the Box by Barbara Gregorich
School Zone 1996 (32p) paper
A fox eats, plays, and jumps on the top of a box.

No, No Titus! by Claire Masurel
North-South 1997 (32p) also paper
When a fox tries to raid a chicken coop, a farm dog named Titus finally discovers what his job is. Available in Spanish as ¡No, Titi, No!


Theme 9 Recommended Books: Spring Is Here

For Browsing

Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky
Putnam 1997 (32p)
A mother rabbit and her bunnies wait out a rainstorm from beneath a dry hedge.
Science

When Spring Comes by Robert Maas
Owlet 1996 (32p) paper
Captioned photos show the activities and changes spring brings.
Social Studies

Wash Day by Charnan Simon
Millbrook 1999 (32p) also paper
While their dad naps, two brothers wash floors and rugs and clothes and walls.

Foal by Mary Ling
DK 1992 (32p)
A foal describes how he grows over a period of weeks and months.
Science

Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
Harcourt 2000 (32p)
A child puts on a pair of red rubber boots to splash in the rain.

Here Comes Spring … and Summer and Winter and Fall by Mary Murphy
DK Ink 1999 (32p)
A little dog tells what it enjoys doing throughout the seasons.

The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss
Harper 1949 (32p) also paper
Woodland animals wake from their winter's sleep to discover the first sign of spring. Available in Spanish as Un día feliz.
Classic

Spring by Gail Saunders-Smith
Pebble 1998 (24p)
Photos and brief text present the changes spring brings to weather, plants, animals, and people.
Science

Spring by Karen Bryant-Mole
Heinemann 1997 (24p)
Clear text and color photos of everyday things found in spring. Available in Spanish as Primavera.
Social Studies

Lily and Trooper's Spring by Jung-Hee Spetter
Pebble 1998 (24p)
Lily and her dog Trooper spend an adventure-filled day outdoors in spring.

For Teacher Read Aloud

* Possum and the Peeper by Anne Hunter
Houghton 1998 (32p)
Roused from his winter nap, Possum sets out to discover what's making the peeping noise that woke him.

Spring Thaw by Steven Schnur
Viking 2000 (32p)
Poetic prose celebrates the signs of spring on a farm, from buds on maple trees to newborn lambs.

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Viking 1941 (68p) also paper
Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings find a safe home in the Boston Public Garden. Available in Spanish as Abran paso a los patitos.
Classic

The Mother's Day Mice by Eve Bunting
Houghton 1986 (32p) also paper
Three mouse brothers search to find their mother the perfect Mother's Day gift.

Frog Legs by George Shannon
Greenwillow 2000 (32p)
Active frogs jump, hop, jitterbug, and splash through twenty-four springtime poems.

A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins
Harper 1995 (32p) also paper
In the spring, robins build nests, lay eggs, and take care of their newly hatched offspring.
Science

Hopper Hunts for Spring by Marcus Pfister
North-South 1992 (32p)
Hopper the bunny thinks spring is a new playmate. Available in Spanish as Saltarin y la primavera..

* Curious George Flies a Kite by H. A. Rey
Houghton 1958 (80p) also paper
Curious George has springtime adventures making friends with bunnies, fishing, and flying a kite.

Emma's Lamb by Kim Lewis
Candlewick 1998 (32p)
Emma discovers a young lamb needs its mother.

Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble by Cynthia Rylant
Simon 1996 (48p) also paper
Henry and his big dog Mudge share springtime frolics. Available in Spanish as Henry y Mudge con barro hasta el rabo.

For Shared Reading

Dilly-Dally and the Nine Secrets by Elizabeth MacDonald
Dutton 2000 (32p)
In the spring, Dilly-Dally the duck's neighbors wonder why she hasn't returned to the pond.
Math

Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff
Harcourt 1957 (32p) also paper
A Caldecott Honor book, this traditional rhyme counts animals and their babies.
Music

The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
Puffin 1993 (32p) paper
A capricious wind keeps people scurrying after their belongings.

Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck by Lisa W. Peters
Greenwillow 2000 (32p)
A duck shivers, slips, and slides her way into spring in this rhyming, repetitive story.

Can I Help? by Marilyn Janovitz
North-South 1996 (32p) also paper
A wolf cub helps his father garden, with mixed results.

When Will It Be Spring? by Catherine Walters
Dutton 1998 (32p)
A bear cub wants to know when spring will arrive before he naps.

For Phonics Read Aloud

Mrs. Hen's Big Surprise by Christel Desmoinaux
McElderry 2000 (32p)
Mrs. Hen is sure the large, unusual egg she finds in her garden will hatch into a baby chick.

Wet World by Norma Simon
Candlewick 1995 (32p) also paper
A girl splashes through a rainy day.

Yolanda's Yellow School by Kelly Adam Asbury
Holt 1997 (32p)
Yolanda, a girl who attends a yellow elementary school, tells all about her day.

Theme 10 Recommended Books: A World of Animals

For Browsing

Animal ABC's by the World Wildlife Fund
Cedco 1997 (28p)
Stunning color photographs show animals of the land and sea for each letter of the alphabet.
Science

Sweet Dreams by Kimiko Kajikawa
Holt 1999 (32p)
Simple rhyming verse describes the many different ways animals sleep.
Science

A Kitten's Year by Nancy Raines Day
Harper 2000 (32p)
A kitten paws and pounces its way through the months of a year.

I Had a Hippopotamus by Hector Vivero by Hector Viveros Lee
Lee & Low 1998 (32p) also paper
A boy imagines what he would do with the creatures in his box of animal crackers. Available in Spanish as Yo tenía un hipopótamo.
Multicultural

Animals in the Fall by Gail Saunders-Smith
Pebble 1998 (24p) also paper
In autumn, geese fly south, bears find dens, and squirrels build nests.
Science

Giant Pandas by Marcia S. Freem



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