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"Exposure to literature helps children discover the predictability of written language. Predictability can take many different forms. Rhyme can help children fill in words. Repeated phrases and episode patterns, catch phrases, and cumulative patterns all contribute to predictability. Regardless of the device used, predictable stories allow children to guess what is coming next, a strategy that serves them well as developing readers. And continued exposure to books helps children develop a 'concept of story,' or basic understanding of story structure."
From : Martinez, Miriam and Marcia F. Nash. (1991) "Bookalogues : talking about children's books." Language Arts, 68(3) : 241-247.
Most titles listed in this guide are located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library unless otherwise noted. Many of the older books may be located in other areas; please consult the catalog and request assistance from the information services desk staff.
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Aardema, Verna (Retold). Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. 1978.
Alborough, Jez. Watch Out! Big Bro’s Coming! 1997.
Anderson, Peggy Perry. Chuck’s Truck. 2006.
Archambault, J. A Beautiful Feast for a Big King Cat. 1994.
Aylesworth, Jim. Old Black Fly. 1991.
Banks, Kate. Peter and the Talking Shoes. 1994.
Baranski, Joan Sullivan. Round is a Pancake. 2001.
Baron, Alan. Little Pig's Bouncy Ball. 1996.
Baron, Alan. Red Fox Dances. 1996.
Beck, Ian. Five Little Ducks. 1993.
Beil, Karen Magnuson. Jack's House. 2008.
Bender, R. A Most Unusual Lunch. 1994.
Brett, Jan. Gingerbread Friends. 2008.
Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon. 2005.
Bryant, Megan E. Just Like Daddy. 2003.
Burton, Marilee R. My Best Shoes. 1994.
Butler, Stephen. The Mouse and the Apple. 1994.
Capucilli, Alyssa. Inside a Barn in the Country. 1995.
Carle, Eric. Today is Monday. 1993.
Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 1994.
Carle, Eric. The Very Lonely Firefly. 1995.
Carlson, Nancy. How to Lose All Your Friends. 1997.
Carlson, Nancy White. Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? 1996.
Carlson, Nancy White. Rise and Shine. 1993.
Catalano, Dominic. Hush! A Fantasy in Verse. 2003.
Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. 1989.
Clarke, Jane. Stuck in the Mud. 2008.
Cole, Henry P. Jack's Garden. 1997.
Cowley, Joy. Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Christmas. 2005.
Cowley, Joy. Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm. 2003.
Dale, Penny. Ten Out of Bed. 1994.
Daniels, Teri. Just Enough. 2000.
Day, David. King of the Woods. 1993.
De Regniers, Beatrice Shenk. Going for a Walk. 1993.
Dunbar, Joyce. Ten Little Mice. 1990.
Dunphy, Madeleine. Here is the African Savanna. 1999.
Dunphy, Madeleine. Here is the Arctic Winter. 1993.
Dunphy, Madeleine. Here is the Coral Reef. 1998.
Dunphy, Madeleine. Here is the Southwestern Desert. 1995.
Dunphy, Madeleine. Here is the Tropical Rain Forest. 1994.
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Dunphy, Madeleine. Here is the Wetland. 1996.
Edwards, David. The Pen that Pa Built. 2007.
Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Jack and Jill's Treehouse. 2008.
Edwards, Pamela Duncan. The Wright Brothers. 2003.
Fleming, Denise. Barnyard Banter. 1994.
Fox, Mem. Time for Bed. 1993.
Gelman, Rita Golden. I Went to the Zoo. 1993.
Gordon, Jeffie Ross. Two Badd Babies. 1992.
Hayes, Sarah. This is the Bear and the Bad Little Girl. 1995.
Hendry, Diana. The Very Noisy Night. 1999.
Hutchins, Pat. Little Pink Pig. 1994.
Jaques, Florence Page. There Once Was a Puffin. 1995.
Kalan, Robert. Jump, Frog, Jump! 1995.
Kalan, Robert. Stop, Thief! 1993.
Kraus, Robert. Come Out and Play, Little Mouse. 1995.
Lindbergh, Reeve. The Day the Goose Got Loose. 1995.
Lindbergh, Reeve. If I'd Known Then What I Know Now. 1994.
Lindbergh, Reeve. There's a Cow in the Road! 1993.
Long, Kathy. The Runaway Shopping Cart. 2007.
MacDonald, Margaret Read. Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale. 2001.
MacDonald, Margaret Read. Pickin' Peas. 1998.
Mahy, Margaret. Simply Delicious! 1999.
Manson, Christopher. The Tree in the Wood: an Old Nursery Song. 1993.
Martin, Bill Jr. & John Archambault. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. 1989.
Marzollo, Jean. Sun Song. 1995
Masurel, Claire. Good Night! 1994.
Mathews, Judith. Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly. 1994.
Mazzone, Kelly. A House for Hickory. 1995.
McBratney, Sam. The Caterpillow Fight. 1996.
McGilvray, Richard. Don't Climb Out of the Window Tonight. 1993.
Miller, Sara Swan. Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog. 1995.
Miranda, Anne. To Market, To Market. 1997.
Mosel, Arlene. Tikki, Tikki Tembo. 1968.
Neitzel, Shirley. The Bag I'm Taking to Grandma's. 1998.
Nikola-Lisa, W. No Babies Asleep. 1994.
Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give a Moose a Muffin. 1991.
Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. 1985.
Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give a Pig a Pancake. 1994.
Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies. 2000.
Oxenbury, Helen. It's My Birthday. 1994.
Piers, Helen. Who's In My Bed? 1999.
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could. 1930.
Polacco, Patricia. In Enzo's Splendid Gardens. 1997.
Rader, Laura (illustrator). Chicken Little. 1998.
Raffi. Down By the Bay. 1987.
Raschka, Christopher. Yo! Yes? 1993.
Robinson, Martha. The Zoo at Night. 1995.
Rosen, Michael. We're Going on a Bear Hunt. 1997.
Sanfield, Steve. Bit by Bit. 1995.
Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. 1999.
Seeger, Pete. Abiyoyo Returns. 2001.
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. 1963.
Seuss, Dr. The Foot Book. 1996.
Seuss, Dr. My Many Colored Days. 1996.
Sloat, Terri. The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown. 1995.
Swanson, Susan Marie. The House in the Night. 2008.
Tabeck, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. 1999.
Tabeck, Simms. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. 1997.
Tabeck, Simms. This is the House that Jack Built. 2002.
Van Laan, Nancy. The Big Fat Worm. 1995.
Van Laan, Nancy. So Say the Little Monkeys. 1998.
Waber, Bernard. Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover. 1997.
Waber, Bernard. Do You See a Mouse? 1995.
Waddell, Martin. The Pig in the Pond. 1996.
Waddell, Martin. Sailor Bear. 1993.
Wahl, Jan. Cats and Robbers. 1995.
Wellington, Monica. Night House, Bright House. 1997.
Wells, Rosemary. Noisy Nora. 1997.
West, Colin. "Buzz, Buzz, Buzz," Went Bumblebee. 1996.
West, Colin. "I Don't Care!" Said the Bear. 1996.
West, Judy. Have You Got My Purr? 2000.
Wing, Natasha. Hippity Hop, Frog on Top. 1994.
Winthrop, Elizabeth. Shoes. 1996.
Wolkstein, Diane. Step by Step. 1994.
Wormell, M. Hilda Hen's Happy Birthday. 1995.
Zieffert, Harriet. Henny-Penny. 1997.
Zieffert, Harriet. Oh, What a Noisy Farm! 1995.
Zimmerman, Andrea Griffing. Trashy Town. 1999.
Babbitt, Natalie. The Eyes of Amaryllis. 1977.
Carris, Joan D. The Revolt of Ten-X. 1980.
Colman, Hila. Sometimes I Don't Love My Mother. 1979.
Girion, Barbara. A Tangle of Roots. 1979.
Greene, Constance. Beat the Turtle Drum. 1979.
Hentoff, Nat. This School Is Driving Me Crazy. 1978.
Hinton, S.E. Tex. 1982.
Holland, Isabelle. Heads You Win, Tails I Lose. 1973.
Kerr, M.E. Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack. 1973.
Klein, Norma. Mom, the Wolfman, and Me. 1982.
Myers, Walter D. The Young Landlords. 1979.
Pascal, Francine. The Hand-Me-Down Kid. 1980.
Zindel, Paul and Bonnie Zindel. A Star for the Latecomer. 1981.
Brooke, Leslie L.
Brown, Margaret Wise
de Regniers, Beatrice Schenk
Noble, Trinka Hakes (the Jimmy's Boa books)
Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel)
For Young Adults
Wilder, Laura Ingalls (the Little House books)
Atwell, Margaret A. (1985) "Predictable Books for Adolescent Readers." Journal of Reading, 29(1) : 18-22.
Gilles, Carol. (2000). "'Mem's the Word': Examining the Writing of Mem Fox." Language Arts, 77(3): 250-257.
Heald-Taylor, Gail. (1987) "Predictable Literature Selections and Activities for Language Arts Instruction." Reading Teacher, 41(1) : 6-12.
Johnston, Francine R. (1998) "The Reader, the Text, and the Task: Learning Words in First Grade." Reading Teacher, 51(8): 666-675.
King, J. Freeman. (1998) "Knowing Where to Go...Sometimes Helps in Getting There: Using Predictable Books With Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children." Perspectives in Education and Deafness, 16(1): 9-10.
Martinez, Miriam and Marcia F. Nash. (1991) "Bookalogues : Talking About Children's Books." Language Arts, 68(3) : 241-247.
Mefferd, Peggy E. and Barbara S.Pettegrew. (1997) "Fostering Literacy Acquisition of Students with Developmental Disabilities: Assisted Reading with Predictable Trade Books." Reading Research and Instruction, 36(3): 177-190.
Meyer, Richard, Prisca Martens, Alan Flurkey, and Risa Udell. (1998) "Complicating Predictability: Textuality, Intertextuality, and Intercontextuality in Beginning Reading and Writing." National Reading Conference Yearbook, 47: 354-365.
Reutzel, D. Ray and Parker C. Fawson. (1989) "Using a Literature Webbing Strategy Lesson With Predictable Books." Reading Teacher, 43(3) : 208-215.
Saccardi, Marianne C. (1996) "Predictable Books: Gateways to a Lifetime of Reading (Teaching Reading)." Reading Teacher, 49(7): 588-590.
Saccardi, Marianne C. (1996) "More Predictable Books: Gateways to a Lifetime of Reading." Reading Teacher, 49(8): 668-670.
Watson, Dorothy. (1997) "Beyond Decodable Texts--Supportive and Workable Literature (Talking About Books)." Language Arts, 74(8): 635-643.
(can be found Full-Text Online or on Microfiche by the ED number)
Communication Skills, Grades 1 and 2 Assessment. (1989) Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Sate Dept. of Public Instruction. ED311443
Lipson, Marjorie Y. and Wixson, Karen K. (1997) Assessment and Instruction of Reading and Writing Disability: An Interactive Approach. Second Edition. ED426075
Sullivan, Barbara S. and Martin, William C. (1994) Enhancing Beginning Readers' Performance with Predictable Materials. ED387783
Tutoring Children in Reading and Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide. Book 1: Kindergarten. (1998) ED423517
Tutoring Children in Reading and Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide. Book 2: Grades 1 & 2. (1998) ED423518