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I Like to Read Books
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Classroom Picks . . . New I Like to Read® for Spring! All available in e-book format!

Holiday House is delighted to present the newest list of I Like to Read® books in levels C through E.

For a full list of I Like to Read® titles, click here.

This Month's Picks


Bad Dog
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by David McPhail
David McPhail, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Forgiveness and love triumph in this charming, easy-to-read story of a family dog who is rarely on his best behavior, but whose heart is always in the right place.

Tom the dog is being bad. He ruins Mom's flowers. He breaks the TV. He chases Kit the cat. Finally Dad says Tom must go. "No!" the children protest. "We love him so!" Luckily when Kit goes missing, it takes someone with four legs and a powerful nose to find her.



Can You See Me?
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by Ted Lewin
Ted Lewin, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
K: RF. 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RI. 1, 4, 6, 9, RL. 1-10
1: L. 1, RF. 1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RI. 6, RL. 1-9, SL.4, W. 7-8
2: RL. 1-7, SL. 4, W. 7-8

In this easy-to-read picture book, Ted Lewin invites readers to explore animal camouflage in the rain forest with a seek-and-find game.

"I am a bird. Can you see me?" asks a toucan hidden amongst the trees. "I am a snake. Can you see me?" challenges a vine snake disguised by its surroundings.

Lush watercolor illustrations inspired by Lewin's trips to Costa Rica show how different animals blend into their habitats. The simple text encourages young readers to use their sharp eyes as they try to spot each creature.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN

★ “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



Little Ducks Go
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by Emily Arnold McCully
Emily Arnold McCully, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

A walk in town turns into a harrowing adventure for six little ducklings when they are swept up in a gush of water and washed down an open drain.

"Quack," says their Mother, to reassure her babies that they will be okay. The little ducks go and go, sailing through the sewer pipes as Mother chases them from drain to drain. She tries to keep the ducklings calm as they race through town, and eventually her soothing quacks attract the attention of a kindhearted man. The little ducks are saved!

Using a combination of full-page spreads and vignette-style drawings, McCully's adorable watercolors enhance a simple, repetitive text—perfect for beginning readers.



Ed and Kip
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Kay Chorao
Kay Chorao, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

It's playtime for Ed and Kip! The happy-go-lucky elephants have lots of fun rolling and kicking a rock around with their friend Bug, but the games come to a halt when one bad kick sends the rock straight into Crocodile's pond. Crocodile comes close to devouring the poor elephants before Bug uses some quick thinking to save his friends.

This delightful easy-reader is full of kid-friendly mischief, with beautiful illustrations of Ed and Kip's jungle adventure.



Fix This Mess
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Tedd Arnold
Tedd Arnold, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Jake has dirty clothes on the floor, old candy wrappers in the couch cushions, and game pieces under the rug. He needs Robug to help clean up his mess!

"I am ready," says Robug. So Jake tells him, "Fix this mess!" But each time Robug "fixes" things, the mess is still there. Clothes, candy, and checkers fly from the living room to the bathroom to the roof, infuriating Jake. Finally, Robug comes up with the perfect solution: Jake can clean up his own mess.



I Said, "Bed!"
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Bruce Degen
Bruce Degen, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Imaginative, funny, and charming, this is a perfect story for early readers—some of whom may still be waging bedtime battles of their own.

"Go to bed."
"No."
"I said, BED."
"I said, NO!"

Mom eventually wins this argument, but even after her son is all tucked in, his opinion hasn't changed. "Bed is bad," he whispers to his teddy bear. Teddy, however, disagrees. "This bed is GOOD," he says. "This bed can GO." Indeed, with a few alterations, the bed is suddenly mobile—and boy and bear are journeying down the road, out to sea, and ultimately, to outer space, where the boy concludes that this is one bed that's worth fighting for!



The Big Fib
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Tim Hamilton
Tim Hamilton, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

After making a mess in a neighbor's yard, a boy learns the value of telling the truth and gains a new friend in the process.

Wow! A boy finds some humungous boxes outside. He and his dog use them to make a train that goes far, far, far; a race car that goes fast, fast, fast; and a plane that goes up, up, up. Litter is everywhere, and the boy blames the wind. But as he watches his elderly neighbor clean up his mess, the boy knows what he must do. Truth triumphs and the boy's honesty is rewarded with forgiveness, friendship, and cookies.



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