Letting the moment develop fully before acting.

Babushka’s Doll

Patricia Polacco
Ej Po

A little girl gets a doll that turns out to be twice as rambunctious as her owner.

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog

Jack Kent
Ej Ke

Impressed by the proud caterpillar's boast that she will turn into a butterfly when she grows up, a polliwog determines to watch the caterpillar very carefully and turn into a butterfly too.

The Doorbell Rang

Pat Hutchins
Ej Hut

Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma's wonderful cookies.


Leo Lionni
Ej Li

Frederick, the poet field mouse, stores up something special for the long cold winter. His brothers feel he is not doing his share of the work, but when the food runs out, Frederick saves the day.

The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein
Ej Si

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree, which gives to him without thought of return.

Horton Hatches the Egg

Dr. Seuss
Ej Se

When a lazy bird hatching an egg wants a vacation, she asks Horton, the elephant, to sit on her egg--which he does through all sorts of hazards until he is rewarded for doing what he said he would.

Leo the Late Bloomer

Robert Kraus
Ej Kr

Leo, a young tiger, finally blooms under the anxious eyes of his parents.

The Relatives Came

Cynthia Rylant
Ej Ry

The relatives come to visit from Virginia and everyone has a wonderful time.

The Ugly Duckling

Hans Christian Andersen
Ej And

An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year excluded by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.

The Very Busy Spider

Eric Carle
Ej Ca

The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. The pictures may be felt as well as seen.

When Will I Read?

Miriam Cohen
Ej Co

Impatient to begin reading, a first grader doesn't realize that there is more to reading than books.