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

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 14.95
ISBN: 9780823435463 | 01-31-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Friendship, Repetition, Loyalty, Humor
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

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

About the Book

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."


"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

"With its large format, big print, and easy-to-read text, the book works well for beginning readers and for reading aloud to younger children."—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. What does Bear like to do in the story? Why do you think Chipmunk says, “Not Me!”? RL.K-1.3, 4

2. What do you think Chipmunk would like to do? SL.K-1.1, 4

3. What is the lesson or main idea of the story, Not Me!? RL.K-1.2

4. Do you have a good friend who has different interests than you? What does it mean to be a good friend? Write a sentence and draw a picture. RL.K-1.3

Readers' Guide
NOT ME!: An I Like to Read® Book, Level D
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.