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AWARDS & PRAISE

See Me Run
A Theodor Seuss Geisel
Award Honor Book

An ALA Notable Children’s Book
Dinosaurs Don't, Dinosaurs Do
A Notable Social Studies
Trade Book for Young People

An IRA/CBC Children’s Choices

See Me Run
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Fish Had a Wish
A Kirkus Reviews Top 25
Children’s Book of the Year


PRAISE FOR I LIKE TO READ® Books

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary."—Kirkus Reviews

“Simple sentences, repetition, and a large font assure success for children just learning to read. This leveled series supports core standards, helping beginning readers understand characters, setting, and plot while building reading fluency. Superb choices for the very earliest readers.”—School Library Journal

ANIMALS WORK

"A handsome animal book for young readers."—Booklist

BAD DOG

"Humor abounds in the large watercolor illustrations."—Booklist

THE BIG FIB

"Sure to evoke smiles and recognition from readers and could prompt class discussion."—School Library Journal

BOY, BIRD, AND DOG

“A sweet, gentle charmer.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Satisfying. . . . Successful.”—School Library Journal

CAN YOU SEE ME?

★ "Simple declarative sentences encourage emerging readers to explore and, at the same time, develop a kinship for these creatures who 'are still here.' . . . An inviting exploration of a beautiful biome for budding nature lovers."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

CAR GOES FAR

“An inviting, accessible title for new readers.”—Kirkus Reviews

CAT GOT A LOT

“Another ideal story for newly hatched readers.”—Kirkus Reviews

COME BACK, BEN

★ "This excellent early reader will send new readers' confidence soaring. . . . Hello, Ben! We're glad you're here."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

THE COWBOY

★ "It's rare to find a real story in a book that brand-new readers can tackle alone—Anna and Toto and the cowboy certainly deliver."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

CROW MADE A FRIEND

★ "A brightly illustrated story perfect for the very beginner reader."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

DINOSAURS DON’T, DINOSAURS DO

“Deftly combine[s] text and art to create a positive experience for new readers. . . . Uses repetitive text and playful pictures to introduce appropriate behavior.”—School Library Journal

ED AND KIP

"The watercolor and gouache artwork clearly captures the action and gives plenty of clues to unfamiliar words. . . . This fine title will give much pleasure–and satisfaction–to emergent readers."—School Library Journal

THE END OF THE RAINBOW

"This enchanting story might inspire readers to set out on adventures of their own."—School Library Journal

FIREMAN FRED

"The brightly colored illustrations have an endearing, childlike quality. . . . This is a kid-friendly presentation about a popular topic."—School Library Journal

FISH HAD A WISH

starred-review “This fish tale is a keeper.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Sure to make a splash with young nature lovers.”—Booklist

FIX THIS MESS!

"Funny details . . . build momentum from page to page, and the vocabulary is simple enough to allow the newest readers to enjoy it all on their own."—The Horn Book

THE FLY FLEW IN

“The illustrations . . . are colorful and funny and smart and filled with lots of surprises. Kids from two to ninety-two will love this.”—Sacramento Book Review, San Francisco Book Review

GOOD NIGHT, KNIGHT

★ "The loony plot and the spirited pen-and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations elevate this book above most for emerging readers. . . . Clear text, amusing illustrations, and a captivating easy-to-read story make this a winner."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

GRACE

"The newest addition in the I Like to Read® series is a great purchase for early reader collections everywhere."—School Library Journal

HAPPY CAT

★ "Plenty of visual cues, lots of repetition and a clear story arc make this a perfect choice for beginning readers—and parents pressed for time will likely be happy themselves to find such a short, sweet read-aloud."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

HIDING DINOSAURS

"A useful addition to collections for new readers in libraries and classrooms. An intriguing cover, attractive, action-filled illustrations, and an amusing story add up to a beginning reader with solid appeal."—Kirkus Reviews

I HAVE A GARDEN

“Clear vocabulary and engaging drawings.”—School Library Journal

I SAID, "BED!"

"Everything about this book is solid. . . . It raises the bar on what a beginning reader can be and will inspire any child to enjoy reading."—School Library Journal

I WILL TRY

“Will bring feelings of accomplishment and security to new readers and budding gymnasts alike.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Charming.”—Booklist

LATE NATE IN A RACE

“Kids will readily relate [to Nate] and race to find another book like this one that they can read on their own.”—Booklist

“An enjoyable read-alone opportunity.”—School Library Journal

THE LION AND THE MICE

“Utterly charming.”—School Library Journal

“Fantastic visual fun.”—Kirkus Reviews

LITTLE DUCKS GO

"Very few readers will remain unmoved as that mother duck runs from grating to grating, trying to catch a glimpse of her children; everyone loves a duck."—Kirkus Reviews

LOOK!

starred-review “Beginning readers will enjoy each repetition of ‘look,’ the short descriptive sentences used for each of the [African savanna] animal activities, and the large font. . . . Satisfying [and] made thrilling by Lewin’s characteristically spectacular use of light.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

LOOK OUT, MOUSE!

"Delightful illustrations accompany a charming tale that will make a positive addition to most collections."—School Library Journal

LOST DOG

"Digitally produced illustrations create a dreamy, imaginative world. . . . A delightful story with wide appeal beyond the early-reader designation."—Kirkus Reviews

ME TOO!

★ "From their adventures in the snow to a warm snuggle in their tiny and huge beds, Bear and Chipmunk are friends that new readers will want to turn to again and again. Here's hoping there will be more."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ "Short declarative sentences and a great deal of repetition make this picture book perfect for developing readers. The large, joyful watercolor and ink illustrations are enchanting and will help children make predictions regarding unfamiliar words."—School Library Journal (starred review)

MICE ON ICE

“This very simple story is filled with rhyming and sight words perfectly suited to children just starting to read on their own. . . . Charming.”—School Library Journal

“An exuberant tableau.”—Kirkus Reviews

MOE IS BEST

"This lighthearted take on youthful determination and the value of continued effort successfully avoids undue complexity, allowing both message and story to reach its emergent-reader audience."—Kirkus Reviews

A NIGHT AT THE ZOO

"Very new readers will find success here, and adults will chuckle along with the silly situations shown in the pictures."—Kirkus Reviews

PANTS FOR CHUCK

"The whimsical yet dynamic styling of the familiar farm animals and the silly premise and turn of events make this a fun choice for independent or shared reading."—School Library Journal

PETE MAKES A MISTAKE

"The sense of movement in several pictures provides added humor and vitality. A mistake to celebrate."—Kirkus Reviews

PETE WON'T EAT

★ "This charmer of an early reader presents an ironic twist on the tried-and-true picky-eater character by casting him as a pig. . . . McCully's watercolors are comically expressive and engaging. New readers will eat this up."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ "The book's bigger format leaves plenty of room for the uncluttered, colorful cartoon pictures and appropriately placed large font. Short, simple sentences; similar vowel sounds; and repetition add to readers' ability to decode the text."—School Library Journal (starred review)

PIE FOR CHUCK

"The words have pure drive to them, and the repetition calls forth an incantatory urge to speak the words out loud. Fine for a read-alone but like dynamite for a read-aloud."—Kirkus Reviews

PIG HAS A PLAN

“Bright pastel-and-primary full-bleed illustrations featuring big-eyed farm folk will keep eyes on the page during storytime or guided independent reading. . . . A winner.”—Kirkus Reviews

PIG IS BIG ON BOOKS

★ "A subtle, accomplished story with few words but a big overall effect."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

PING WANTS TO PLAY

"This playful story offers plenty of support to new readers."—Kirkus Reviews

SAM AND THE BIG KIDS

"Young kids who know what it's like to be told "you're too little" will relate to Sam's story, cheer Sam's heroism, and delight in their own achievement of reading this title all by themselves."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Sam will strike home with little brothers and sisters everywhere.”—School Library Journal

SEE ME DIG

“Short, easy-to-parse sentences; large readable print; and repeated words make this an ideal choice to build confidence in budding young readers. . . . Charming. . . . A must-have for novice readers.”—School Library Journal

SEE ME RUN

“Just right for beginners to successfully read and reread.”—Kirkus Reviews

SICK DAY

“McPhail’s warm illustrations capture happy and sad emotions beautifully, but what’s best here is the sweet relationship between the trio [of Boy, Bird, and Dog].”—Booklist

SNOW JOKE

"Anti-social high jinks deliver a lesson in kindness and in learning to read. . . . A snow book that deserves a warm reception from new readers."—Kirkus Reviews

WHAT AM I? WHERE AM I?

"Lewin offers emergent readers a pleasing package of wildlife puzzles. . . . The patterned repetition of the title questions and the identifiable images will make even pre-readers feel competent." —Kirkus Reviews

YOU CAN DO IT!

“Engaging and expressive characters. . . . Speech balloons provide humor while helping children decode. A winner of an early reader.”—Kirkus Reviews

3, 2, 1, GO!

★ "A sure hit."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)