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

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 14.95
ISBN: 9780823434565 | 02-15-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Friendship, Rhyme & Alliteration, Easy Readers, Sharing
Recommendations: A, SLJ

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

About the Book

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 and open-minded all the same!


"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!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Find all of the rhyming words in the story. RF.K-1.2

2. Compare and contrast Nate and Kate. RL.K-1.3/SL.K-1.1

3. What does the word brat mean in the story? Explain why Nate was acting like a brat. RL.K-1.1, 3, 4

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

Readers' Guide
NATE LIKES TO SKATE: An I Like to Read® Book, Level D
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.

Activity Sheets

NATE LIKES TO SKATE: An I Like to Read® Book, Level D Activity Sheet
Fill in the blank with the correct letter to make the words rhyme.