Once There Was a bullfrog by Rick Walton

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  1. Once There Was A Bullfrog by Rick Walton (compound words)

  2. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big, Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood (predicting outcome)

  3. The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni (Making the connection/transition from letters to words to sentences)

  4. Parts by Tedd Arnold (rhyming)

  5. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose (predicting, rhyming, and point of view)

  6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle (colors, sight words)

  7. David Goes to School by David Shannon (punctuation)

  8. My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman (rhyming)

  9. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault (ABC order, letter recognition)

  10. The King Who Rained by Fred Gywnne (homophones; multiple meanings of words)

  11. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (sequence; cause and effect)

  12. The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg (ABC order)

  13. Alphabatics by Suse MacDonald (letter recognition)

  14. Five Little Piggies by David Martin (predicting)

  15. Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement (th sound)

  16. What’s the Time, Grandma Wolf? By Ken Brown (predicting, sequence)

  17. The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown (predicting, sequence)

  18. If You See a Kitten by John Butler (predicting, punctuation)

  19. Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver (punctuation)

  20. Hairy, Scary, Ordinary What is an Adjective? By Brian Cleary (parts of speech- other books on parts of speech available also)
  21. Imagine a Day; Imagine a Night by Sarah Thomson (writing)

  22. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson (rhyme, rhythm, and repetition)

  23. Suddenly by Colin McNaughton (making predictions)

24. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (ending consonant sounds)

  1. Hansel and Gretel/The Witch’s Story by Sheila Black (point of view)

25. Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester (tolerance, character traits)

26. Click, Clack, Moo – Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin (consonant blends)

27. Down on the Funny Farm by P.E. King (identifying animal sounds)

28. Pizza Pat by Rita Gelman (rhyming, rhythm, repetition)

29. Drummer Hoff by Barbara Emberley (rhyme/rhythm/repetition)

30. Miss Mary Mack – Mary Ann Hoberman (rhyme/rhythm/repetition)

31. The Big Sneeze by Ruth Brown (rhythm/cause and effect)

32. And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon by Janet Stevens (nursery rhymes)

33. Mrs. McTats and her Housefull of Cats by Alyssa Capucilli (patterns, rhyming,

predicting outcomes)

34. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (high frequency words)

35. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett (compound words)

36. The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman (comparing/contrasting, parody)

37. Yo, Hungry Wolf by David Vozar (rap/parodies)

38. Stories Julian Tells and More Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron (figurative


39. Stories Huey Tells and More Stories Huey Tells by Ann Cameron (family

life, figurative language)

40. Big and Little, A Book of Opposites by Richard Scarry (opposites, position


41. Busy Workers by Richard Scarry (community helpers)

42. Henry’s Awful Mistake by Robert Quackenbush (cause and effect)

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs- Parody, Point of View

The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume- Point of View

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura J. Numeroff (Cause and Effect)

The King Who Rained and others by Fred Gywnne (homophones and multiple meanings)

Yo! Yes! By Chris Raschka (punctuation)

Jumanji- Sequence

Thunder Cake- Sequence

Zoom- Perspective, Predicting

Two Bad Ants- Point of View

Over the Steamy Swamp- Synonyms, Food Chain (science)

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?- Onomatopoeia

The Cat in the Hat- Foreshadowing, Hyperbole

Some Smug Slug-Alliteration, “s” sound

Where the Red Fern Grows- Imagery, Similes

Quick as a Cricket- similes

Any Berenstain Bear book- Prepositional phrases

The Awful Aardvarks Go to School-ABC order, Rhyming, Alliteration

Miss Alaineus- vocabulary, alliteration

Cook-a Doodle Do- following directions, sequence, figurative language

Squids Will Be Squids- fables/morals


All Amelia Bedelia books- figurative language

The Bedspread- Character study, compare and contrast

Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards (alliteration)

The Cowboy and the Black-eyed Pea by Tony Johnston (caricature)

Petunia by Roger Duvoisin (irony)

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig ( personification)

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Suess (onomatopoeia)

The Story of Ferdinand by Leaf Munro ((satire; foreshadowing)

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble (similes; imagery)

Squids Will Be Squids by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (fables)

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munch (irony, theme)

Oh! The Places You’ll Go! By Dr.Suess (theme, alliteration)

Counting Caterpillars and Other Math Poems by Betsy Franco

101 Science Poems and Songs for Young Learners by Meish Goldish
Compare and Contrast Cinderella with…

Dinorella by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

The Rough-Faced Girl by Rafe Martin

Prince Cinders by Babette Cole

Bubba the Cowboy Prince by Helen Ketteman
Compare and contrast The Frog Prince with…

The Horned Toad Prince by Jackie Mims Hopkins
Compare and contrast The Three Billy Goats Gruff with…

The Three Armadillies Tuff by Jackie Mims Hopkins


Worth a Thousand Words (Ammon)

Using Picture Storybooks to Teach Literary Devices (Hall)

Beyond Words ( Benedict)

Jim Trelease’s books

Eyeopeners (Kobrin)


Quack and Count by Keith Baker (fact family; addition)

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle (telling time)

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni (measurement)

The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns (shapes)

While You Were Sleeping by John Butler (counting)

Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst (money, subtraction)

Gator Pie by Louise Matthews (fractions)

Round Trip by Ann Jonas (shapes)

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag (large numbers)

Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies by Louise Mathews (Multiplication)

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland (Geometry)

by Cindy Neuschwander

The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns (Shapes)

Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream (Multiplication)

By Cindy Neuschwander

The Grapes of Wrath by Greg Tang (Math Riddles)

A Cloak for a Dreamer by Aileen Friedman (Geometry)

A Remainder of One by Elinor Pinczes (Division)

How Much, How Many, How Far,

How Heavy, How Long, How Tall is 1000? ( Large Numbers)

By Helen Nolan

Pigs Will Be Pigs by Amy Axelrod (money and other math concepts in these books)


Read Any Good Math Lately? by David Whitin

Math for Smarty Pants by Marilyn Burns

Math Web Sites








A Busy Year by Leo Lionni (months and seasons)

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (oceans)

Tiny Seed by Eric Carle (plant cycle)

Agatha’s Feather Bed by Carmen Agra Deedy (natural resources and how we use them)

Herman and Marguerite An Earth Story by Jay O’Callahan (animals, balance of nature)

Stellaluna- Compare and contrast birds and bats (science)

The Great Kapok Tree- Rain Forest\Environments (Science)

ANY Magic Schoolbus book for science tie-ins

Time of Wonder- Imagery, science lessons (weather, geography on coastal islands, astronomy, seasons, habits of birds, sea life)

Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLuise (life cycle of butterfly)

The Tiniest Acorn by Marsha T. Danzig (trees)

Verdi by Janell Cannon (snakes)

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (oceans)


Wolf! by Becky Bloom (friendship; communities)

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn ( character education)

The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola (cultures)

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox (cultural diversity)

Any Patricia Polacco book

Across Five Aprils\ Shades of Gray- Social Studies (Civil War)

No Promises in the Wind- Social Studies (Depression)

Berenstain Bear books for family and community tie-ins

Compare and Contrast Cinderella with…

Dinorella by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe **different cultures

The Rough-Faced Girl by Rafe Martin **different cultures

Prince Cinders by Babette Cole

Bubba the Cowboy Prince by Helen Ketteman

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