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This Month's Classroom Picks . . . I Like to Read Books in Hardcover, Paperback, new 6 x 9 Paperbacks, and e-book editions

This Month's Picks


Pizza Mouse
I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Michael Garland
Michael Garland, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

An easy reader inspired by the viral "pizza rat" YouTube video.

Life is a challenge for a city mouse. Dogs, cats, and people are daily dangers. But when the whiskered hero of this story uncovers one of the greatest treats New York City has to offer a forager—a discarded slice of pepperoni pizza—the danger is all worth it! Now it's up to the tiny Pizza Mouse to get the slice safely home to his family . . . via the A train, of course!


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

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

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



I Can Run
I Like to Read® Book Level A
by Murray Head
Murray Head, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS

A squirrel's antics and entertaining photographs enliven a book for the newest reader at Guided Reading Level A.

I can run. I can hop. I can jump. A simple text for the newest readers and fascinating photographs follow a captivating squirrel as he runs just for fun—and also to escape a scary hawk.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

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

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



I Like the Farm
I Like to Read® Book Level A
by Shelley Rotner

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS

Children share their love for farm animals in a hard-to-find Level A nonfiction reader from an award-winning photographer.

"I like the pig . . . I like the piglet." Simple, joyful text accompanies Shelley Rotner's vibrant and heartwarming photographs of children and animals on the farm. Young readers will learn to identify adult farm animals with their babies and will enjoy the children's looks of happiness and wonder at being close to creatures big and small.


★★★ THE REVIEWS ARE IN! ★★★


★"Special kudos must be given for the very natural way Rotner has included diversity—it's especially gratifying to see diversity normalized and validated early, at the same time that reading comprehension is taught. Simple, encouraging text, charming photographs, straightforward, unpretentious diversity, and adorable animals—what's not to like?"Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

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

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



A Hippo in Our Yard
I Like to Read® Book Level F
by Liza Donnelly
Liza Donnelly, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS
RF.1.1, 2, 3, 3c, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c
RL.1.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
L.1.1, 1b, 1d, 2, 2b, 4, 5, 5b, 5c, 6
W.1.2, 3, 5, 7, 8
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2, 4, 5, 6

1. Did you believe Sally as you were reading the story? Explain what you thought was really happening. SL.K-1.1

2. Compare and contrast the actions of Sally's family at the beginning and end of the story. RL.K-1.3

3. Find the part in the story when Sally's family believes her. How does Liza Donnelly let the reader know what is happening? (Through details and illustrations.) RL.K-1.7

4. Sort the following vocabulary words from the story into two categories (zoo animals or food): hippo, lettuce, tiger, tuna, zebra, grapes, koalas, carrots. L.K-1.5a

When Sally informs her mom that there is a hippo in the yard, Sally's mother is dismissive. "I don't think so, dear," she tells her daughter, barely looking up from her lunch. "I will give it some lettuce," Sally says, grabbing a leaf from her mom's bowl. Hippo is happy, but now the tiger in the tree is hungry. Sally's father is also disbelieving, so Sally just feeds the big cat some tuna. As with her parents, Sally's sister is unmoved by her tale of zebras in the garage, and even Nana refuses to set her knitting aside when Sally tells her about bears in the hammock. Meanwhile, the phone rings, and the family is in for a shock. Zoo animals are on the loose! A frantic search finds Sally atop a hippo in their yard, along with several other satisfied animal friends.



Fun in the Sun
I Like to Read® Book Level F
by David Catrow
David Catrow, Illustrator

Grades: PRESCHOOL

CCSS
L.1.1,2, 2b, 2d, 4, 4a, 4c, 5, 5b, 5c
RF.1.1, 1a, 2, 2b, 3, 3b, 4, 4a-c
SL.1.1, 1a-c, 2-6
W.1.1, 3, 5, 8
RL.1.1-4, 7, 9

1. What is the main idea of the book? How does author David Catrow use details to support the main idea? RL.K-1.1, 2

2. Who is the main character? How do you know? RL.K-1.3

3. What did Dog forget to bring to the beach? Explain how David Catrow use pictures to develop the characters, setting and events in FUN IN THE SUN. RL.K-1.1, 7

4. Discuss how David Catrow uses words and phrases to enhance the meaning and tone of the story. Discuss repeated lines, rhyming words and figurative language. (Ex. "We float like a boat.") RL.K-1.4

A hapless dog frolics in the sun and sand on a perfect beach day. It's fun in the sand, but now there's sand in his lunch and sand in his suit. Time for a dip in the water! The dog splishes, splashes, and rides the waves; it's fun in the water too. As the sun goes down, he flies a kite with new friends. Fun in the sky! But did he remember sunscreen?

David Catrow's zany illustrations make this dog's day in the sun anything but ordinary.



New Red Bike!
I Like to Read® Book Level F
by James E. Ransome
James E. Ransome, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

Up and down! Round and round! Tom is having a blast zooming all over the neighborhood on his new red bike. But when Tom stops by Sam's house to show off his wheels, he's in for an unhappy surprise. The new bike is sudenly . . . gone. Could his best friend, Sam, be the culprit? This deceptivly simple-seeming picture book offers a clever take on sharing.



Happy Cat
I Like to Read® Book Level B
by Steve Henry
Steve Henry, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS
K: RF.3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RL.1-10
1: RF.1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RL.1-9
2: RL.1-7

The joys of giving and receiving are celebrated in this easy-to-read story about a cat who seeks shelter on a snowy day.
Shivering, Cat jumps into the basement window of a small apartment building. As Cat makes his way up to a top-floor garret, Dog gives Cat a book, Rabbit gives him a plant, Bird gives him a painting, and Elephant gives him a hot drink. Cat is happy! Everyone is happy!

Cutaway views of the building with each character cozy in his apartment and constructively occupied—reading, painting, tending plants, and playing a piano—will fascinate new readers.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

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

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Pig Has a Plan
I Like to Read® Book Level B
by Ethan Long
Ethan Long, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS
RL.K.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10
L.K.1, 1b, 1d, 1f, 2, 2a, 2b, 2d, 4, 4b
L.K.5, 5a, 5c, 5d, 6
RF.K.1, 2, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4
SL.K.1, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
W.K.1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

1. Discuss Pig's plan. How do the words and illustrations help you understand the main idea of the story? RL.K-1.7

2. What is Pig's problem in the story? How does he solve his problem? Explain why Pig's plan does not work. RL.K-1.1, 3

3. Find all the action words/verbs from the book. Make a list. (saw, gab, pop, tap, mix, hum, bop, sip) Find all the animal words/proper nouns and make a list. (Pig, Hen, Cow, Cat, Dog, Rat, Hog, Pup, Fly) Try and match the correct animal name to the action from the story. Go back to the story to check your answers. L.K-1.1, 1b, 5a

4. Write a sentence telling how Pig feels at the end of the story. Draw a picture. RL.K-1.1/W.K-1.3

Poor Pig! He just wants to take a nap, but his barnyard pals are making a terrible racket. Cow gabs on her cell phone, Cat pops balloons, and Hen saws. Pig hatches a plan to block all the noise. In a surprise ending, Pig learns that his friends have been planning a birthday party just for him. So much for napping!

Hilarious illustrations, a fun story line, and an easily decodable text make for a real treat for new readers.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

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

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Big Cat
I Like to Read® Book Level A
by Ethan Long
Ethan Long, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS
SL.K.1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
W.K.2, 3, 5, 7, 8
L.K.1, 1b, 1f, 2, 2d, 4, 4a, 5, 5c, 6
RL.K.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10
RF.K.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 3, 3a, 3c, 4

1. Who is the main character in Big Cat? Explain. RL.K-1.1, 2

2. What is the setting (where and when) of the story? Use evidence from the illustrations and words in the book. RL.K-1.1, 3, 7

3. Write a list of things that Big Cat can do. Go back to the book and find details that support your list. RL.K-1.1, 2, 3/W.K-1.8

4. What is the role of the author and illustrator of a book? Who is the author/illustrator of Big Cat? Who is telling the story? RL.K-1.6

Geisel-medalist Ethan Long's newest easy reader is for true beginners, offering laughs, a lovable and patient cat, and the simplest vocabulary possible.

Two rowdy siblings love playing with their oversized kitty. They wake him up from a nap so he can fly and dance around the room while being smothered with hugs. But as Big Cat endures his final humiliation—being dressed in a wig, hat, and high heels—it's apparent that despite the discomfort, Big Cat loves his family.

Long's long-suffering, big-bellied, feline is sure to charm readers. His understated text and hilarious characters with looney expressions will have readers rolling on the ground.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

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

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Here Is Big Bunny
I Like to Read® Book Level A
by Steve Henry
Steve Henry, Illustrator

Grades: PRESCHOOL

CCSS
W.K.3, 5, 7, 8 RF.K.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 3, 3a, 3c, 4 L.K.1, 1b, 1f, 2, 4, 5, 5a, 5c, 6 RL.K.1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 SL.K.1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

1. Write the word float on the board. Discuss its multiple meanings. Show the class a picture of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and discuss. RL.K-1.4

2. How does Steve Henry use pictures to develop the story elements in Here is Big Bunny? Discuss the setting, characters and events depicted by the illustrations on each page. RL.K-1.7

3. Discuss the theme, the arts, on each page. Create a list of art mediums (ex., paintings, sculpture) shown in the illustrations. SL.K-1.1

4. Draw a picture of Big Bunny and label his body parts. (Ex., foot, hand, tail, ear, eye, nose, face) RL.K-1.4

In this urban adventure filled with more than one hundred fifty colorful animal characters, readers may notice something funny about the bright, energetic scenes. As critters roam through the city, each spread has a clue: a huge hand, a gigantic foot, a big tail, an enormous ear . . . What do these clues add up to? Big Bunny the oversized balloon, who sails down the street with a smile on his big face! Spot him in the background at the museum, the library, even the toy store.

Playful art inspired by illustrators Hilary Knight and Garth Williams, as well as modern artists Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, and Henri Matisse, features bold colors and detailed cutaways.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

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

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Up
I Like to Read® Book Level B
by Joe Cepeda
Joe Cepeda, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
L.K.4, 5, 5a, 5c, 6
RF.K.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4
SL.K.1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
W.K.1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
L.K.1, 1b, 1d, 1e, 1f, 2, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d
RL.K.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10

1. What type of book is Up? Is it real or make believe? Explain. If the characters in the story were dreaming, how would the text type change? RL.K-1.5

2. Retell the story in your own words. RL.K-1.2

3. How can looking at the illustrations help you understand what the story is about? Explain what the illustrations tell you about the characters, setting and events in the story. RL.K-1.7

4. What do you think will happen next? Write a sentence and draw a picture. W.K-1.1

Two brothers are asleep in their bed when a pinwheel flies through their window and into the hand of the younger boy. He stands in front of the window, and soon he's flying through the sky where he sees a chicken, a sheep, a cow, and a pig. The wind carries the animals back to their farm and the boy back to his home, where he passes the pinwheel along to his brother.

The very newest readers will enjoy the fun fantasy and energetic artwork as they read this very satisfying story with twelve very simple words.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

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

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



I See a Cat
I Like to Read® Book Level A
by Paul Meisel
Paul Meisel, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS

When a housebound dog spies a cat, a bird, and other animals outside a glass door, he is excited: I see a cat. I see a bird. I see a squirrel. When the dog's beloved boy comes home from school, the two pals dash outside determined to get up close and personal with all the backyard wildlife! A Junior Library Guild Selection.


★★★ THE REVIEWS ARE IN! ★★★


★"The repeated sentence structure helps build confidence and fosters reading fluency. Another successful addition to the I Like to Read series: 'I see a winner!'"—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

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

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!