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Classroom Picks . . . New I Like to Read® Books for the Emergent Reader

Holiday House is delighted to present the newest list of I Like to Read® books in levels C through F. Each title is also available as an e-book!

Check out the I Like to Read® Site for a section for educators, which includes an activity kit and downloadable flash cards for every book in the series!

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

This Month's Picks


Animals Work
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by Ted Lewin
Ted Lewin, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Bursting with detailed illustrations, this picture book not only teaches readers about the variety of work animals perform, but depicts the give-and-take dynamic of human/animal relationships.

Do animals have jobs? They herd, carry, pull and even . . . keep us company! This nonfiction, easy-to-read picture book transports readers from an open field to a desert to a snowy tundra as animals of all kinds, from a shaggy pup to a group of camels, perform some very important tasks. The book ends with an endearing role reversal as a young boy gives milk to his cat, reminding readers that just as animals help people, they in turn can help animals.



Snow Joke
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Bruce Degen
Bruce Degen, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

This charming and humorous easy-to-read picture book explores the relationship between two animal friends, Red and Bunny, as they spend the day playing in the snow. Red relentlessly teases Bunny through a variety of different pranks, which he justifies by telling Bunny, "It's just a joke." However, when the tables are turned and Red becomes the butt of a joke, Bunny shows compassion and forgiveness by inviting Red inside for a cup of hot cocoa.

Packed with adorable and endearing illustrations, Snow Joke teaches its readers the value of forgiveness and compassion as well as the undeniable importance of being able to put oneself in the shoes of another.



Ping Wants to Play
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Adam Gudeon
Adam Gudeon, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Ping and Pong are friends. They like to eat and walk together, but they have their differences too. Pong loves to nap, and he does it a lot. Ping just wants to play! She keeps herself busy, running and jumping around the yard while Pong sleeps the day away. Sometimes this boundless energy gets Ping into tricky situations. Luckily, Pong likes to help when he's not napping. These dogs are a great pair.

Adam Gudeon's lively illustrations capture Ping's and Pong's contrasting personalities in bold, childlike shapes and bright colors perfect for young readers.



Pants for Chuck
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Pat Schories
Pat Schories, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Big Chuck, a woodchuck, is having fun with Rabbit, Raccoon, Chipmunk and the mice brothers when he spots a pair of blue pants. Chuck must have the pants. He holds up the game while he struggles to put them on. "You are too big and the pants are too small," his friends tell him, but Chuck thinks he looks spiffy. Sidesplitting illustrations show a determined Chuck, stuffed into his much-too-tiny blue pants trying in vain to keep up. Comfort and fun finally trump fashion as Chuck sheds the pants and joins the gang for a game of hide and seek.

Pat Schories's comic illustrations turn a stubborn woodchuck's misguided fashion statement into a laugh-aloud story about self-image and the well-intended advice of true friends.



A Night at the Zoo
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Kathy Caple
Kathy Caple, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
L. 1.1-2, 4, 4a, 5, 5a-c, 6
W. 1.3, 5, 8
RF. 1.1, 1a, 2-4, 4a-c
SL. 1.1, 1a-c, 2, 4-6
RL. 1.1, 3-7, 9

A busy day at the zoo leaves Pop and Sam tuckered out on a bench. As they nap through closing time, the animals come out to play. When Pop's cell phone captures Monkey's interest, he snaps a few pictures with it before dropping it on Giraffe's head. So begins a hilarious chain of events that gets the whole zoo howling, awakens Pop and Sam, and alerts a guard. As Pop and Sam are escorted out, they watch in wonder as Parrot drops the phone into Sam's hands. But the real surprise comes when the phone's photos reveal the monkey business that was afoot while they slept!



Moe Is Best
An I Like to Read® Book Level F
by Richard Torrey
Richard Torrey, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Moe is little, but he wants to be the best. He tries to prove his worth to his older siblings by showing off all the things he can do. Each feat turns out to be harder than expected, however, and Moe's brother and sister call attention to his many mistakes. He feels discouraged, until his siblings point out that he is actually the best at one important thing: Moe is best at trying!

With a satisfying ending and adorable monkey characters, Richard Torrey's story will inspire young readers to keep on trying.