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Classroom Picks . . . New I Like to Read® Books for Spring!

We now have more than 40 books in our innovative and award-winning I LIKE TO READ® series!

Just right for emergent readers, these picture books by renowned and beloved artists have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels B through G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system and feature:
~short texts
~familiar vocabulary
~repetition to reinforce learning
~illustrations that are designed to be a part of the learning experience

I Like to Read® books are all aligned with Common Core State Standards and are available in paperback and e-book formats as well!

This Month's Picks


3, 2, 1, Go!
An I Like to Read® Book Level G
by Emily Arnold McCully
Emily Arnold McCully, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Ann is playing school with her friend Bess. "Oh, no. Here comes Min!" Ann says. "This is a school zone, Min. School is hard. You are not ready. Here is the line. You may not step over it."
Min is clever and resourceful. She gets a board, a tube, a rope, and a rock and builds and launches a rocket that catapults her right into the middle of her big sister's playdate without stepping over the line
Beginning readers will cheer underdog Min's triumphant landing in this easy-to-read book that celebrates ingenuity and perseverance.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN

★ "A sure hit."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Series
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.

"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!



The End of the Rainbow
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Liza Donnelly
Liza Donnelly, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

After the rain a rainbow follows, begging the question, What is at the end?
A young girl sets out to answer this question and along the way invites Rabbit, Bird, Turtle, and Horse to join her. The group is anxiously awaiting the rainbow's end, when suddenly, the arc is gone. While the group does not find the end of the rainbow, they realize that they have found something even better: wonderful new friends!

About the Series
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.

"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!



Good Night, Knight
An I Like to Read® Book Level F
by Betsy Lewin
Betsy Lewin, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Knight and Horse are drifting off to sleep when Knight has a magical dream. In his vision, he sees the most scrumptious soft golden cookies he has ever laid his eyes on. The delicious treats call to him: Go and find the golden cookies. When Knight wakes up, he gets Horse ready for their journey, and they go trotting along in search of the golden goods. But the cookies are nowhere to be found! Knight and Horse finally return home to the castle, where a surprise in the kitchen rewards their valiant quest.
This kid-friendly Don Quixote-like knight's tale with a simple text and delightful illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winner Betsy Lewin is a mouthwatering treat for emerging readers.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN

★ "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."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Series
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.

"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!



Grace
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Kate Parkinson
Kate Parkinson, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Grace's name may be a bit of a misnomer, for graceful she is not. She wants to be a ballerina, but dancing is not her forte. "Give it up, Grace," the other girls tell her. Saddened, Grace turns to drawing—and when she does, she starts to feel better. Grace is good at drawing and the other girls love her artwork. Grace finds a way to be part of the ballet using her true talent—she paints the sets! But the indefatigable Grace also keeps dancing in this easy reader that encourages youngsters to celebrate their own special gifts.

About the Series
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.

"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!



Look Out, Mouse!
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Steve Björkman
Steve Björkman, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Farmer Fred forgot to feed the horse! Mouse nibbles holes in the horse's feed bag and all is well for the horse, but not for Mouse. Look out, Mouse!
A cat, a snake, an owl, and a fox pursue him. But the horse neighs, the dog barks, chickens cluck, Farmer Fred comes out of his house, and Mouse is finally safe. Meanwhile, Mouse runs into the house but it is still dinnertime so, look out, house!

About the Series
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.

"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!



The Cowboy
An I Like to Read® Book Level F
by Hildegard Müller
Hildegard Müller, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

Anna and her toy dog, Toto, are all set for the beach. Today Anna will give Toto a swimming lesson, and she has no time for the boy in the silly cowboy hat who watches them from the shore.
Toto is an excellent swimmer—but before long, he's bobbing out of reach. "TOTO!" Anna cries. None of the adults know what to do, but the boy in the silly cowboy hat has an idea. In no time at all, he has rescued Toto with his trusty lasso. Maybe that hat of his isn't so silly after all!
In this heartwarming story about mistaken first impressions, Hildegard Müller strikes the perfect endnote as the two new friends mosey off with Toto into a richly-hued sunset.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN

★ "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

About the Series
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.

"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!