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

Reinforced | 24 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 14.95
ISBN: 9780823428373 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Easy Readers, Growing Up, Self-Esteem, Family & Relationships
Recommendations: K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
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

About the Book

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.


"This lighthearted take on youthful determination and the value of continued efforts successfully avoids undue complexity, allowing both message and story to reach their emergent-reader audience."—Kirkus Reviews

"The simple text and repeatable story will make for a pleasant read."—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!


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Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Is Moe really the best? Use evidence from the story. Write a sentence about Moe and draw a picture. RL.K-1.1, 3 / W.K-1.1

2. Find words from the story that suggest feeling. Ex) "I am the best," "don't be sad." Who is speaking in the story and how do you know? RL.K-1.4, 3, 6

3. What is Moe best at? Why is it important to try? RL.K-1.1, 3 / SL.K-1.1, 4, 5, 6

4. How do you connect personally to this story? RL.K-1.1, 3 / SL.K-1.1, 4, 5, 6

Readers' Guide
MOE IS BEST: An I Like to Read® Book, Level F
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.