• Books to Teach Literary Terms





    Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood

    The Girl Who Loved Horses by Paul Goble

    Chanticleer and the Fox by  Geoffrey Chaucer and Barbara Perry

    Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

    The Rough Faced Girl by  Rafe Martin

    Encounter by Jane Yolen

    Come on Rain by Karen Hesse

    Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin

    Black Cat by Christopher Myers

    Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Martin

    Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood

    Dragonwagon by Jemima Remembers.

    The Bicycle Man by Allen Say

    There's A Frog in My Throat by Loren Leedy      

    Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

    Night Noises by Mem Fox

    Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin

    No one can resist the page in which worm tells his older sister :no

    matter how much time she spends looking in the mirror, her face will

    always look just like her rear end"  Spider thought that was funny.

    Mom did not.

    *Similes are used constantly in any of the Chet Gecko

    books, by Bruce Hale.  They are amusing and the kids get a kick out of them once I ask them to listen for them.  These are good read-aloud chapter books.  








    In November by Cynthia Rylant

    The Girl Who Loved Horses by Paul Goble

    Chanticleer and the Fox by Geoffrey Chaucer and Barbara Perry

    A Turkey For Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

    Cat, What is That? by  Tony Johnston

    Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by Edith Pattou

    The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinckney        

    Tar Beach by Faith Ringold

    The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt


    A My Name is Alice  by Jane E. Bayer and Steven Kellogg

    Alligators all Around   by Maurice Sendak

    Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards 

    Four Famished Foxes  by Pamela Duncan Edwards

    Some Smug Slug  by Pamela Duncan Edwards 

    The WorryWarts  by Pamela Duncan Edwards

    Animalia - Graeme Base

    The Awful Aardvarks Go To School by Reeve Lindburgh

    Alison's Zinnia    by Anita Lobel  





    How Much can a Bear Bare?  by Brian P. Cleary

    Comes a Wind by Linda White

    John Henry by Julius Lester     

    Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne    

    Beware of the Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child   

    Hog -Eye   by Susan Meddaugh

    Shrek  by Willam Steig  

    Library Lil by Suzanne Williams     

    The Bunyans by Audrey Wood     


    Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan

    Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Dorothy Cronin

    Rattletrap Car   by Phyllis Root and Jill Barton

    Ghost's Hour, Spook's Hour by Eve Bunting

    The Awful Aardvarks Go To School by Reeve Lindburgh

    Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel

    Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

    Night In the Barn by Faye Gibbons;

    Achoo! Bang! Crash! The Noisy Alphabet  by Ross McDonald

    Stellaluna  by Janell Cannon 

    The Umbrella by Jan Brett

    Little Red Cowboy Hat by Lowell


    Brave Irene by William Steig

    Ant Bully by John Nickle

    The Tub People   by Pam Conrad and Richard Egielski

    Dinner at the Panda Palace  by Stephanie Calmenson

    Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss;

    Cock-a-Moo-Moo by Dallas-Conte;

    Bob by Tracey Campbell Pearson;

    Mole Music by David McPhail

    Wolf! by Becky Bloom


    Parts by Tedd Arnold

    More Parts by Tedd Arnold

    A Little Pigeon Toad by Fred Gwyne   

    A Chocolate Moose by Fred Gwyne      

    The Sixteen Hand Horse by Fred Gwyne  

    Parish, Herman or Peggy Amelia Bediela Series  



    Circular Stories


    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
    If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
    The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
    Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
    Flotsam by David Wiesner
    The Napping House by Wood
    50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Miss Birdie Chose a Shovel by Leslie Connor
    Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler
    Black and White by David Macaulay
    House Is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman
    The Seed and the Giant Saguaro by Jennifer Ward     
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.The Umbrella by Jan Brett
    It Wasn't My Fault by Helen Lester
    Round Trip by Ann Jonas
    Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
    Welcome Comfort by Patricia Polacco
    My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
    The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
    How to Make an Apple Pie See the World
    No Jumping on the Bed by Tedd Arnold
    Tuesday by David Wiesner
    One-Dog Canoe by Mary Casanova
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman (perfect for Halloween)
    Nothing Much Happened Today by Mary Blount Christian
    One Fine Day by Hogrogian
    The End by Rochelle    
    Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
    Village of Round and Square Houses
    My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
    My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray
    Stone Soup
    The Gold Coin by Alma Flor Ada 
    When the Elephant Walks by Keiko Kasza
    All In One Hour – Susan Stevens Crummel
    The Great Fuzz Frenzy -Susan Stevens Crummel
    Away Went the Farmer's Hat  which is more of the K-1 variety.  



    The King Who Rained by Gwynne

    A Chocolate Moose For Dinner by Gwynne

    Amelia Bedelia Series by Peggy Parrish

    Bunnicula by Howe

    Which Witch is Which? by Barrett



    I Wanna Iguana  by Karen Kaufman Orloff

    Note: Alex and his mother write notes back and forth in which Alex tries

    to persuade her to let him have a baby iguana for a pet. 

    Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

    My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

    Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

    An Octopus Followed Me Home by Dan Yaccarino

    Can I Keep Him? By Steven Kellogg

    Earrings! by Judith Viorst

    The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle

    Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin

    Sam I Am by Dr. Seuss

    Dear Mrs. La Rue by MArk Teague

    Hey Little Ant by Phyllis and HAnnah Hoose




    Song and Dance Man by Ackerman
    The Two of Them  by Aliki
    Air Mail to the Moon by Bir
    More than Anything by Else Bradby
    The Summer my Father was Ten by Brisson
    Butterfly House by Eve Bunting
    Secret Place by Eve Bunting
    So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting
    Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting
    Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola
    Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge  by Mem Fox
    The Lotus Seed  Garland
    My Mother has a Dancing Heart   Gray
    Grandpa's Face by Eloise Greenfield
    My Great-Aunt Arizona  (Biography - Hughes)     Houston
    Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)      Howard
    Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys      Howard
    Earthquake    LeeAll the Places to Love  MacLachlan
    Through Grandpa's Eyes  MacLachlan
    What You Know First     MacLachlan
    The Potato Man  McDonald
    Molly Bannaky   McGill
    The Rag Coat    Mills
    Uncle Ted's Barbershop  Mitchell
    My Life in Dog Years  (Biography - Paulsen)     Paulsen
    Betty Dollby by  Patricia Polacco
    Chicken Sunday by Patricia  Polacco
    Meteor! Polacco
    Mrs. Katz and Tush      Polacco
    My Ol' Man      Polacco
    My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother       Polacco
    Some Birthday!  Polacco
    The Butterfly   Polacco
    The Keeping Quilt  by Patricia  Polacco
    Thunder Cake    Polacco
    Dinner at Aunt Connie's House by Faith  Ringgold
    Tar Beach       Ringgold
    The Relatives Came by Cynthia  Rylant
    When I was Young in the Mountains       Rylant
    Grandfather's Journey   Say
    Tree of Cranes  Say
    The Gardner     Stewart
    The Journey     Stewart
    The Tenth Good Things About Barney      Viorst
    Chair for My Mother     Williams
    The Memory Coat Woodruff
    Owl Moon        Yolen


    Beginning, Middle, End


    Beatrice Doesn’t Want To by Laura Numeroff

    Any Henry and Mudge Book by Cynthia Rylant

    Froggy gets Dressed by Jonathan London

    Cook-A-Doodle-Doo by Janet Stevens

    No, David by David Shannon




    Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Barrett
    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Aardema
    Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
    Click, Clack, Moo by Cronin
    Sign Painter by Say 
    Lunch by Fleming
    Bedtime For Frances by Hoban
    Ben's Trumpet by Isadora
    Masai and I by Kroll
    Inch by Inch by Lionni
    Mirette On the High Wire by McCully

    Chris Van Allsburg
    Sweetest Fig
    Wreck of the Zephyr
    Mysteries of Harris Burdick 
    The Wretched Stone
    The Z Was Zapped



    Tops and Bottoms retold by Janet Stevens

    Harry Allard
    Miss Nelson is Missing
    Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
    Weslandia by Paul Fleischmann


    Ring, Yo! by Raschka

    (The reader has to infer what the other half of the conversation is.)
    No Jumping on the Bed by Tedd Arnold


    The Patchwork Quilt 

    Too Many Cooks... and other Proverbs 

    Weird Parents 

    Encounter by Jane Yolen

    **Other Resources to Find the Right Book For Your Lesson

    Follett's website, Titlewave @ www.Titlewave.com  has suggested titles for National Language Arts Standards. Click the curriculum tab   

    Picture book of the day @http://picturebookoftheday.blogspot.com/ that is used for the six traits of writing and has a great link to bibliograpies.

    Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum by Lester L. Laminack

    Books Kids Will Sit Still For Vol 3 by Judy Freeman  

    A to Zoo by Carolyn W. Lima and Rebecca L. Thomas