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Classroom Picks . . . Five New I Like to Read® Books!

Engage your early readers with these five new I Like to Read® picture books. These books are perfect introductory titles that will help instill the value of reading while providing laughter and fun along the way!

Click here to find out more information about our I Like to Read® series and to download free materials.

This Month's Picks


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

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS

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.


★★★ THE REVIEWS ARE IN! ★★★


"The vocabulary is simple—each spread includes the statement “a Big Cat can” plus a different sight word, creating a solid basic reader . . . a lively addition to easy reader collections."—School Library Journal

"The patient and long-suffering orange tabby Big Cat is an ideal companion for beginning readers. The simple subject-predicate sentence pattern will soon be easily recognized by the youngest beginning readers, offering near-instant reading gratification."—Kirkus Reviews

"A big hit with burgeoning readers."—Booklist


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!



Drew the Screw
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Mattia Cerato
Mattia Cerato, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

Beginning readers can build their phonics skills with this story about a group of tools with personality.

The pencil draws, the tape measures, the saw cuts and the drill makes holes. Together with the boy, they are building a treehouse. "What can you do?" the tools ask Drew. Drew worries that he can't do cool things like the other tools. But when boy comes for him, Drew is surprised to get a job that's not only important but just right.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
"Cerato brings the coolness of working in the toolshed to life."—Kirkus Reviews

"A good choice for children interested in identifying objects and actions they may see going on in their own basements or garages."—Booklist


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!



I See and See
An I Like to Read® Book Level B
by Ted Lewin
Ted Lewin, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS

An observant boy sees many things on his way home from school. A dog, a truck, a bird, a butterfly . . . these ordinary urban experiences become artistic inspiration for the boy. When he gets home, he draws all of the things he saw. Now he can see them at home, too!

Caldecott Honor medalist Ted Lewin's magnificent, lifelike paintings transform the boy's everyday walk into an enchanting exploration of his surroundings. Emerging readers will breeze through the simple, repetitive text, and challenge themselves to see what the boy sees.


★★★THE REVIEWS ARE IN★★★

"A useful instructional addition for beginning readers."—Kirkus Reviews

"Simple repetitive text and large detailed pictures make this a perfect choice for the very youngest readers and may encourage them to take artistic inspiration from the world they see as the young narrator does."—School Library Journal

"Lewin's charming, realistic watercolors incorporate details with evocative touches."—Booklist


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!



Nate Likes to Skate
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Bruce Degen
Bruce Degen, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

A boy who likes to skate and a girl who likes hats become friends, despite their differences.

Nate loves skateboarding, but Kate prefers making hats. "I hate to skate," she tells Nate. "Do you like my hat?" Unimpressed, Nate retorts "I hate that hat." Kate's feelings are hurt—so she ignores Nate as he falls. Now that Nate is hurt and sad, too, his outlook has changed. "Wait, Kate," he says. "I was a brat." Kate waits, and admits she wasn't nice either, and new possibilities open. Now Nate and Kate both like to skate—and wear hats!

Straightforward and heartfelt, Nate and Kate's story is the perfect reminder that we may not always share each other's interests, but we must be respectful of and open-minded all the same!


★★★THE REVIEWS ARE IN!★★★

"Graphite and colored pencil illustrations lend a soft, accessible feel to the story, and brief conflict with a satisfying resolution makes this ideal for very young readers."—School Library Journal

"From the I Like to Read® series, here's a satisfying choice for children just getting started."—Booklist


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!



Not Me!
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Valeri Gorbachev
Valeri Gorbachev, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

Newly proficient young readers will find plenty of humor along with an important reminder about the true nature of friendship in this sweet and comical easy reader.

"I like the beach," says Bear. "Not me!" says Chipmunk—and for so many reasons. The sun is blinding. It's hard to stay upright in an inner tube. The sea life isn't always friendly. As many times as Bear proclaims his love for beach activities, Chipmunk responds with the familiar refrain, "Not me!" As Chipmunk's misadventures pile up, he has to admit, "I am not a beach person." At the story's conclusion, Bear asks, "Why did you come?" Chipmunk replies simply, "I came to be with you."


THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

"While controlled, repetitive text makes the story accessible to new readers, slapstick humor characterizes the busy watercolor-and-ink illustrations and adds interest. . . An early reader that kids will want to befriend."—Kirkus Reviews

"A sweet and enduring story about two friends who just want to be together."—School Library Journal


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!