I Can Read Carnival, Eat and Play

Picture Book of the Day

Welcome to the September 2011 I Can Read: A Carnival for New Readers

Join us for this monthly meme that celebrates easy readers and illustrated chapter books to encourage kids working to become successful readers.

Around the middle of each month, we’ll collect reviews of easy readers and/or short chapter books. Each host picks a 3 to 5-day window where visitors leave links to favorite easy readers and illustrated chapter books, offer tips or ideas about reading with new readers, or personal stories with memories or experiences with the kids in your life.

Don’t have a post that fits those criteria this month? Not a problem, your review can be from the previous year. So in September 2011, feel free to pull a post going back to September 2010! To learn more about Easy Readers and Early Chapter books, click this link.

Please leave your links in the comments and I will add the to the roundup from September 13-15. (If you have not commented on this blog before, your comment will need to be approved. Thanks!)

And now for my easy reader, yes on this picture book blog! Holiday House has a new picture book series for emerging readers, called I Like to Read Books. These books are for kindergarten and early first grade reading levels. This one is Level E.

Boy, Bird, and Dog (I Like to Read)

by David McPhail (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Boy and Bird can go up to the tree house, but Dog cannot. Boy has an idea…


Boy went up.

He pulled the rope.


Chapter Book of the Day

The Water Seeker

by Kimberly Willis Holt (Author)

310 pages

Booktalk: What would you do if you knew you had a special gift–a sixth sense–that was passed down from one generation to the next?

Snippet: “When I was a boy, my pa dowsed to earn extra money when we had a lean year. And when he put the branch in my hands for the first time, I felt a burning inside me because I had that gift, too. Just be thankful I didn’t hand that gift down to you.”

Amos figured it was probably best not to tell his father it was too late.

BONUS! See the video!


My Book of the Week

Look what just came out from Chronicle! I had fun creating the activities for this Eat and Play kit…

Little ones will devour the fun served up in this totable set of 40 place mats, 24 plate sheets, and fork, knife, and spoon crayons. At a restaurant or at the kitchen table, kids will have a blast playing games, drawing their favorite foods, and writing notes to the chef.


Literary Link

Scholastic & Ruckus Media to target out-of-print kids’ books with new transmedia imprint (via @galleycat)

Need some guidance on implementing the common core #standards? Download our free spotlight (via @educationweek)


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Read and Write Sports: Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3-8

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