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Readability

Struggling readers face many roadblocks. Not only are they not able to read the books their peers are enjoying, they are often embarrassed and bored by having to read books with “babyish” covers and below-grade-level topics. Assigning struggling readers these types of books just pushes many of them further into the “I hate reading” mode. To engage these students, books should have age-appropriate, high-interest topics and enough supports to make reading successful and enjoyable. Once reluctant readers enjoy positive reading experiences, they will be open to reading more.

Little Bird

Little Bird

By: Germano Zullo
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Level: 0-5

A man drives his truck up to a cliff’s edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Surprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. The man’s comic attempt at flight deepens the encounter between these two very different creatures. Soon the …

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What Dads Can't Do

What Dads Can’t Do

By: Douglas Wood
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Level: 8-9

There are lots of things that regular people can do but dads can’t.  Dads can’t cross the street without holding hands. They can push, but can’t swing.  When dads play hide-and-seek they always get found, but they have a hard time finding you.  Dads really need to be kissed good night at bedtime. It’s a wonder they make it through life at all!

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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By: Doreen Rappaport
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Level: 8-9

This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin’s Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America—and the world—forever.

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Bringing in the New Year (Read to a Child!)

By: Grace Lin
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
Level: 6-7

This exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year.

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Llama Llama, Time to Share

By: Anna Dewdney
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
Level: 0-5

Llama Llama has new neighbors! Nelly Gnu and her mama stop by for a play date, but Llama’s not so sure it’s time to share all his toys. Maybe just his blocks? It could be fun to make a castle with Nelly . . . But wait—Nelly has Llama’s little Fuzzy Llama! The fun turns to tears when Fuzzy Llama is ripped in two, “all because of Nelly Gnu!” Mama comes to the rescue and fixes Fuzzy, but she makes it clear: “I’ll put Fuzzy on the stairs, until you’re …

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Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia

By: Herman Parish
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Level: 8-9

Trick or treat! Amelia Bedelia wants to help prepare for the big Halloween party, but how can she follow directions when nothing is as it seems?

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Biscuit Goes to School

Biscuit Goes to School

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

Just like his young fans, Biscuit can’t wait to go to school! Even though no dogs are allowed, he is determined to see and do everything that takes place at school. But what will happen when the teacher discovers a puppy in his classroom?

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It's the Best Day Ever, Dad!

It’s the Best Day Ever, Dad!

By: Brooke Shields
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 8-9

Wake up, Dad! We’ve got a big day ahead!  Frankie and her little sister, Violet, are excited to be out and about with Dad! From pancakes to puppies to a super-duper surprise, the order of the day is F-U-N.

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Biscuit Loves Mother's Day

Biscuit Loves Mother’s Day

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day, Biscuit!  There are so many ways to make Mom feel special. Pull back the big flaps to see the surprises Biscuit and the little girl have in store for Mom!

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I Love My Daddy

I Love My Daddy

By: Sebastien Braun
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

Sometimes daddies are loud and playful. Other times they are quiet and compassionate. And they are always loving. Sebastien Braun’s appealing text and charming illustrations follow a day in the life of a bear and his bear cub in this celebration of the bond between father and child.

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