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 @  has suggested titles for National Language Arts Standards. Click the curriculum tab   

Picture book of the day @ 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