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15 New Leveled Books for Emergent and Intermediate Readers | Learning A-Z

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As your students come back to school and summer turns to autumn, keep your classrooms excited about reading with 15 new leveled books released for September! These useful new releases provide a wealth of opportunity for practicing critical thinking and comprehension skills, with high-interest topics and vivid illustrations. Ranging from levels aa to Z2, this month’s spate of brand new books includes something for everyone. From Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico to hot chocolate and scuba diving, the subjects of these full-color books make literacy instruction fascinating and entertaining.

Rain on Fairyland

Rain on Fairyland

Level: aa
This beautifully illustrated book is packed with lush, colorful artwork. Each charming image depicts a line in the story about rain falling on fairyland (a flowering garden). High-frequency words and repeated phrases support early emergent readers. This book can also help students identify natural settings and classify simple nouns.

Crows on a Wire

Crows on a Wire

Level: B
With crisp, colorful artwork illustrating high-frequency words and repetitive sentence patterns, this book supports early emergent readers. Teach students to identify cause-and-effect relationships in the story, as the crows happily land on a nice wire. Your students can locate verbs while trying to determine what will happen next.

Do Not Eat That!

Do Not Eat That!

Level: D
Zots is always hungry – but he doesn’t know what he should or shouldn’t eat, since he’s from outer space! It’s a good thing Zots has his best friend Abby to help him out. This funny book can help students connect to prior knowledge to understand the text, identify nouns, and study cause-and-effect relationships.

You Can Cross

You Can Cross

Level: H
Crossing the street safely is an important skill for kids to learn. Including a comprehensive set of guidelines and tips along with simple steps for safely crossing different kinds of streets, this book also helps students recognize and use nouns, sequence events, and identify outdoor settings.

The Heart of a Monkey

The Heart of a Monkey

Level: J
A helpful monkey finds herself in danger when a shark tricks her. Will she be able to get back to her fruit tree? Unique illustrations and a lively story will enchant young readers. Your students will learn to recognize past-tense verbs in this folktale adapted from the original Swahili.

The Old Woman and the Sea Spirit

The Old Woman and the Sea Spirit

Level: L
Isabella, a kind woman who feels her village no longer needs her, moves out to a seaside shack. There she finds a young sea spirit who changes her life. Based on an ancient Chilean legend, this wonderful story helps students learn about analyzing characters.

What’s in Washington, D.C.?

What’s in Washington, D.C.?

Level: M
A detailed tour of the nation’s capital, this fascinating book covers many exciting attractions in Washington, D.C. From government buildings and monuments to art galleries and amazing museums, the beautiful features of the capital are named and explained. Students will learn about making inferences, drawing conclusions, and identifying nouns.

Here Come the Locusts

Here Come the Locusts

Level: O
Throughout history, humans have struggled to understand where locusts come from and why they arrive in swarms during droughts. Students will enjoy the interesting topic and the colorful photographs. Teachers can also use this book to help students learn to determine cause-and-effect relationships, or practice summarizing the text.

Morty and the Walkathon

Morty and the Walkathon

Level: Q
In this story of teamwork, Morty discovers that working toward an important goal can be even better with a partner. Students may relate to the problems these characters face. Teachers can use this book to help students work on analyzing characters and using quotation marks, among other useful skills.

Who Likes Hot Chocolate?

Who Likes Hot Chocolate?

Level: T
Making money is hard work! Mike McCarthy is always coming up with moneymaking schemes, and his latest plan is a hot chocolate stand. With fun illustrations and a sensible business lesson at its heart, this book is great for teaching students about analyzing characters, using contractions, and business vocabulary.

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

Level: V
Through her lifelong fight for equal rights, Dolores Huerta’s work has impacted the lives of millions of people. Huerta was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2012 for her ongoing work. This book can be used to help students identify cause-and-effect relationships and prepositional phrases.

Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan

Level: W
A fearless leader, Portuguese sea captain Ferdinand Magellan led one of the most famous and daring expeditions of all time when he and his intrepid crew became the first to sail around the world. Teachers can use this book to help students identify cause-and-effect relationships.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Level: W
Have you ever dreamed of a beautiful tropical island with misty mountains, palm trees, and sandy beaches? That island might be Puerto Rico! This fascinating overview is packed with history and colorful photos to engage students. Teachers can use the book to teach students to use details to understand information.

Scuba

Scuba

Level: X
Scuba diving takes people under the sea into a new world. This vibrant book describes the gear used to scuba dive, the history of diving, reasons to dive, and even the physical effects on divers. Teachers can use this book to help students identify cause-and-effect relationships and use past-tense verbs.

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall

Level: Z2
This important book describes the reasons the Berlin Wall was built, the division of East and West Germany during the Cold War, and the consequences of the wall’s eventual destruction. Teachers can use this book to help students discern the author’s point of view and summarize a story.


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