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This Month's Picks


Happy Cat
I Like to Read® Book Level B
by Steve Henry
Steve Henry, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

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

The joys of giving and receiving are celebrated in this easy-to-read story about a cat who seeks shelter on a snowy day.
Shivering, Cat jumps into the basement window of a small apartment building. As Cat makes his way up to a top-floor garret, Dog gives Cat a book, Rabbit gives him a plant, Bird gives him a painting, and Elephant gives him a hot drink. Cat is happy! Everyone is happy!

Cutaway views of the building with each character cozy in his apartment and constructively occupied—reading, painting, tending plants, and playing a piano—will fascinate new readers.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

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, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"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 Has a Plan
I Like to Read® Book Level B
by Ethan Long
Ethan Long, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

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

1. Discuss Pig's plan. How do the words and illustrations help you understand the main idea of the story? RL.K-1.7

2. What is Pig's problem in the story? How does he solve his problem? Explain why Pig's plan does not work. RL.K-1.1, 3

3. Find all the action words/verbs from the book. Make a list. (saw, gab, pop, tap, mix, hum, bop, sip) Find all the animal words/proper nouns and make a list. (Pig, Hen, Cow, Cat, Dog, Rat, Hog, Pup, Fly) Try and match the correct animal name to the action from the story. Go back to the story to check your answers. L.K-1.1, 1b, 5a

4. Write a sentence telling how Pig feels at the end of the story. Draw a picture. RL.K-1.1/W.K-1.3

Poor Pig! He just wants to take a nap, but his barnyard pals are making a terrible racket. Cow gabs on her cell phone, Cat pops balloons, and Hen saws. Pig hatches a plan to block all the noise. In a surprise ending, Pig learns that his friends have been planning a birthday party just for him. So much for napping!

Hilarious illustrations, a fun story line, and an easily decodable text make for a real treat for new readers.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

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, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"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!



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

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

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

1. Who is the main character in Big Cat? Explain. RL.K-1.1, 2

2. What is the setting (where and when) of the story? Use evidence from the illustrations and words in the book. RL.K-1.1, 3, 7

3. Write a list of things that Big Cat can do. Go back to the book and find details that support your list. RL.K-1.1, 2, 3/W.K-1.8

4. What is the role of the author and illustrator of a book? Who is the author/illustrator of Big Cat? Who is telling the story? RL.K-1.6

Geisel-medalist 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.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

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, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"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!



Here Is Big Bunny
I Like to Read® Book Level A
by Steve Henry
Steve Henry, Illustrator

Grades: PRESCHOOL

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

1. Write the word float on the board. Discuss its multiple meanings. Show the class a picture of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and discuss. RL.K-1.4

2. How does Steve Henry use pictures to develop the story elements in Here is Big Bunny? Discuss the setting, characters and events depicted by the illustrations on each page. RL.K-1.7

3. Discuss the theme, the arts, on each page. Create a list of art mediums (ex., paintings, sculpture) shown in the illustrations. SL.K-1.1

4. Draw a picture of Big Bunny and label his body parts. (Ex., foot, hand, tail, ear, eye, nose, face) RL.K-1.4

In this urban adventure filled with more than one hundred fifty colorful animal characters, readers may notice something funny about the bright, energetic scenes. As critters roam through the city, each spread has a clue: a huge hand, a gigantic foot, a big tail, an enormous ear . . . What do these clues add up to? Big Bunny the oversized balloon, who sails down the street with a smile on his big face! Spot him in the background at the museum, the library, even the toy store.

Playful art inspired by illustrators Hilary Knight and Garth Williams, as well as modern artists Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, and Henri Matisse, features bold colors and detailed cutaways.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

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, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"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!



Up
I Like to Read® Book Level B
by Joe Cepeda
Joe Cepeda, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

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

1. What type of book is Up? Is it real or make believe? Explain. If the characters in the story were dreaming, how would the text type change? RL.K-1.5

2. Retell the story in your own words. RL.K-1.2

3. How can looking at the illustrations help you understand what the story is about? Explain what the illustrations tell you about the characters, setting and events in the story. RL.K-1.7

4. What do you think will happen next? Write a sentence and draw a picture. W.K-1.1

Two brothers are asleep in their bed when a pinwheel flies through their window and into the hand of the younger boy. He stands in front of the window, and soon he's flying through the sky where he sees a chicken, a sheep, a cow, and a pig. The wind carries the animals back to their farm and the boy back to his home, where he passes the pinwheel along to his brother.

The very newest readers will enjoy the fun fantasy and energetic artwork as they read this very satisfying story with twelve very simple words.


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

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, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"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 a Cat
I Like to Read® Book Level A
by Paul Meisel
Paul Meisel, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS

When a housebound dog spies a cat, a bird, and other animals outside a glass door, he is excited: I see a cat. I see a bird. I see a squirrel. When the dog's beloved boy comes home from school, the two pals dash outside determined to get up close and personal with all the backyard wildlife! A Junior Library Guild Selection.


★★★ THE REVIEWS ARE IN! ★★★


★"The repeated sentence structure helps build confidence and fosters reading fluency. Another successful addition to the I Like to Read series: 'I see a winner!'"—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

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, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"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!