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Classroom Picks . . . 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 B through G. Each title is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats!

This Month's Picks


Cat Got a Lot
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by Steve Henry
Steve Henry, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

1. What is the main idea of CAT GOT A LOT? What did Cat get? RL.K-1.1, 2

2. Why did Cat get each item? Identify the characters in the story and explain. RL.K-1.1, 2, 3

3. How do the illustrations support meaning in the story? Find words and details in the pictures. Draw a picture of a store or shop in your neighborhood. Have students share their picture and see if the group can guess what it is based on the details. RL.K-1.7/ SL.K-1.5

4. Write a thank you note to Cat from one of the characters in the story. RL.W.3

This warm story about a cat who goes looking for a fish and winds up with a lot more celebrates friendship and generosity.

Cat wants a fish. He ventures out in search of one and comes across a horn in the window of a music shop that he thinks his neighbor Elephant might like, so Cat buys it. Cat's search for a fish continues when he encounters a bookstore. Certainly bookworm Dog would enjoy a new book, so Cat buys him one. Cat's sweep of generosity continues as he buys presents for all his friends. In his surge of excitement to give everyone their new gifts, Cat almost forgets to get himself a fish! When Cat returns home and presents his friends with their new things they are all very happy, which for Cat, is the greatest happiness of all.

A companion to HAPPY CAT: An I Like to Read® Book.

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!



Lost Dog
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by Michael Garland
Michael Garland, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

1. How does the cover illustration help you figure out what the story is going to be about? Describe the words and the pictures on the cover of LOST DOG. RL.K-1.1, 4

2. Where is Dog trying to get to? Why? What kind of character is Dog? Explain. RL.K-1.1, 2, 3 / SL.K-1.1

3. What is Dog's problem? How does he solve his problem? List the characters that help Dog along the way. RL.K-1.2, 3

4. Where does Dog get lost? Describe the settings. Draw a picture showing a time that you were lost. RL.K-1.3 / SL.K-1.5

In this story of an accidental journey turned epic adventure, early readers will delight in all of Pete's stops on the way to visit Grandma.

When Pete sets off for Grandma's house, he runs into bad traffic. He tries a different route, and soon finds himself lost on a woodsy road. "Where is Mutt Street?" he asks a bear. "That way," the bear replies. As Pete follows directions from different animals he meets, he finds himself in the desert, the jungle and even the arctic! By the time Pete finally reaches Mutt Street, he's traveled through all sorts of climates and encountered a multitude of friendly animals. But of course, it was all worth it to see Grandma's smiling face!

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!



Pie for Chuck
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by Pat Schories
Pat Schories, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

1. How do you know that Chuck loves pie? Use details from the words and illustrations to explain. RL.K-1.1, 4

2. What senses does Chuck use in the story? (sight, smell, touch, taste) RL.K-1.1

3. Explain how the animals finally get the pie. How would you get the pie? Discuss what teamwork means. Have a pipe cleaner challenge: Break the class up into groups of three. Lay out a piece of aluminum foil and a large handful of pipe cleaners for each group. Give the students ten minutes to create something with the materials. Display and share. SL.K-1.2,5

4. What do you think will happen now that Chuck and his friends got the pie? Draw a picture. SL.K-1.4, 5

When tempted by his favorite dessert, Pat Schories's lovable Chuck recruits his friends to help him sneak a taste.

Big Chuck is a woodchuck with a taste for pie. He daydreams about warm, flaky pastries and their fruity filling. When he spots a freshly baked blueberry pie cooling on the windowsill, he must have it. Chuck can't reach high enough, so he recruits his friends to help. Maybe Raccoon or Rabbit can get the pie? It takes some impressive—and athletic—teamwork for Chuck and his friends to reach the ledge, but their reward is so sweet!

A companion to PANTS FOR CHUCK: An I Like to Read® Book.

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!



Crow Made a Friend
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Margaret Peot
Margaret Peot, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

1. Describe Crow. What kind of character is he? Use examples from the story. RL.K-1.3

2. What problem does crow have? How does he resolve the problem? Create a cause-and-effect chart. RL.K-1.1,3

3. Make-a-friend activity: Bring in items from home that can be recycled, such as cans, old socks, buttons, chop sticks etc. Create a friend using the materials. Name your friend. Share with the class. SL.K-1.5

4. How does the story change from the beginning to the end of the book? RL.K-1.2

5. What do you think will happen next? Write a sentence and draw a picture. W.K-1.3

Try, try again is the lesson Crow teaches beginning readers in this vibrant early reader about a lonely crow who works hard to make a friend.

Crow is all alone. But like all crows, he is very clever. Using autumn leaves for wings, sticks for the body and a crab apple for the head, Crow makes a friend! But winter winds blow in, destroying his creation. Undaunted, Crow fashions another bird friend out of snow but cannot prevent it from melting in the warm spring sun. Alone again, Crow hears the caw, caw, caw of a real, live bird and finally forms a friendship that will last in this warm, satisfying story that celebrates perseverance and ingenuity.

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!



Pig Is Big on Books
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Douglas Florian
Douglas Florian, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

1. What does the phrase is big on mean in the title? What are you "big on"? RL.K-1.4 / L.K-1.4 / SL.K-1.6

2. What is the main idea of PIG IS BIG ON BOOKS? Find details from the story to support that Pig loves books. RL.K-1.1, 2

3. What is Pig's problem in the story? How does Pig solve the problem? Write a book like pig did in the story. Remember to have a beginning, middle and ending. Give your book a title and illustrations. Share with the class. RL.K-1.1, 3 / W.K-1.3

4. Why do you think author Douglas Florian wrote this book? What kind of person do you think he is? Read the back cover to find evidence. RL.K-1.1, 2 / SL.K-1.1, 2

Book-loving Pig comes up with a creative solution when he runs out of reading material in this easy reader by acclaimed poet and visual artist Douglas Florian.

Pig loves to read. He's never without a big stack of books! He reads them one after another. His friends know they'll find him with his snout in a book, whether he's at home, on the bus or even at the beach. But one day, Pig has no books. He looks everywhere and can't find a single thing to read! Instead of panicking, Pig has a great idea. He knows just how to solve this problem . . . Pig will write his own book!

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!



Hiding Dinosaurs
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Dan Moynihan
Dan Moynihan, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

1. Identify the characters, setting and events in the story. RL.K-1.3

2. Who is telling the story? How do you know when the main character's mom is talking? RL.K-1.6

3. Is the book HIDING DINOSAURS real or make believe? Explain. How can you change the plot to make this story nonfiction? RL.K-1.5 / SL.K-1.1

4. Create a story map using words and pictures to retell HIDING DINOSAURS. Where would you hide a dinosaur?

5. Hiding-a-dinosaur activity: Have students bring in a shoe box and create a space where they would hide their dinosaur. Use simple materials from the classroom (paper, paint, glue, markers). Share with the class. RL.K-1.2 / SL.K-1.1, 5

New readers will delight in this rib-tickling fantasy with its exuberant illustrations and hilarious twist.

What could be more fun than a houseful of prehistoric pals? When a boy discovers that dinosaurs are emerging from the eggs sitting on the kitchen counter, it's a dream come true. Unfortunately, the boy is not so sure Mom and Dad will feel the same way, so he decides to hide his new friends. That plan works for a while, but the dinosaurs keep growing, and growing, and growing! The boy is running out of hiding places. When the secret is out, how will Mom and Dad react?

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!



Pete Makes a Mistake
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Emily Arnold McCully
Emily Arnold McCully, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
L.1.5, 5c, 6
W.1.1, 3, 5 ,8
RF.1.1, 1a, 2, 3, 3b, 3e, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c
L.1.1, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1j, 2, 2a, 2b, 4, 4a
RL.1.1-5, 7, 9
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6

1. How does author Emily Arnold McCully use details to let you know what is happening in the beginning of the story? (party invitation) RL.K-1.1, 4

2. What mistake does Pete make? How does his mistake contribute to the sequence of events? How do the characters work together? RL.K-1.1, 2, 3

3. When in the story does Pete realize he forgot to give Gert the invitation? How is the problem resolved? Discuss a mistake that you have made and how you resolved your problem. RL.K-1.1, 3 / SL.K-1.4

4. Create a party invitation. Include who, what, where, when and why. W.K-1.6 / SL.K-1.5

Pete, a charming but absentminded pig, forgets an important favor for his sister in this sweet easy reader about forgiveness.

Pete's sister Rose is having a party. She promises Pete some cake if he will deliver invitations to her friends Nell, Don and Gert. What a good deal for Pete! Pete brings Nell and Don their notes, but he gets distracted and forgets all about Gert. On the day of the party, Pete's mistake causes many hurt feelings. Can Pete save the party—and will he still get cake?

A companion to PETE WON'T EAT: An I Like to Read® Book.

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!