SUGGESTED OUTSIDE READING BOOKS: ANIMALS
The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate. Ivan the elephant has spent twenty-seven years living in his glass home in the shopping mall and hardly ever thinks about life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan watches television, spends time with his friends Stella and Bob, and paints. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see his home in the mall in a different way.
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell. Emmy always tries to be a good girl. She does her homework, doesn’t talk back to the nanny and eats all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. But Emmy sometimes sits by the Rat who is not good at all…..
Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee. Benji’s dog Elvis was taken away by the Secret Service and is now the President’s dog! Benji and his friends see Elvis thumping his tail on television and realize it is a code! Can Benji and his friends get to Washington and crack the code?
The Incredible Journey By Sheila Every Bumford. When the Hunter children go on vacation for the summer they have to leave their two dogs and one cat with a friend. When the pets want to go back home again they must set out on an incredible journey through the wilderness.
National Velvet by Enid Bagnold. Velvet, a young girl in England, dreams of owning a horse and wins an unwanted horse in a town raffle. Velvet discovers her horse is an incredible fence jumper and the pair enters the world’s most famous jumping competition, the Grand National.
Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow. In 1929, thirteen-year-old orphan Tom is sent to live and work with a fisherman and his wife. During a storm, Tom rescues a dog that he names Thunder. Tom hopes that he and Thunder have found their forever home at last.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. An unforgettable first novel about coming of age one sweet summer--and learning to love what you have. The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket--and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive.
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson. It has been a while since Folks lived in the Big House, and an even longer time has passed since there has been a garden at the House. All the animals of the Hill are tremendously excited about the new Folks moving in, and they wonder how things are going to change. It’s only a matter of time before the animals of the Hill find out just who is moving in, and they may be a little bit shocked when they do.
Honey by Sarah Weeks. From award-winning author Sarah Weeks comes the sweet story of a girl learning to cope with the loss of her mother. Caroline never knew her mother. She died just after Caroline was born, and it's been just her and her father for nearly eleven years now. Compared to the stories she's heard of her mother's piano skills and remarkable personality, Caroline feels completely unremarkable. And then her father starts acting mysterious.