New “I Can Read” Titles for Every Level!

By | December 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm | No comments | Books & Reading, For the Kids

Following Brian Biggs’ other popular illustration-packed title Everything Goes, a new “I Can Read!” reader debuts under the “My First Shared Reading” reading level. Everything Goes: Henry Goes Skating (illustrated by Simon Abbott) is a fun wintertime read all about a little boy named Henry who wakes up early one morning to find his neighborhood and city completely covered with a blanket of white snow. He realizes it’s the perfect day to make a snowman and go ice skating, so his family takes him in the car to the nearby skating rink.

Little fans of all-things-transportation will enjoy this book because the process is the focus more than the destination: Henry spots horses, taxis, dump trucks, and buses on the way to the rink, each navigating through the tricky snowy and icy conditions in its own way.

(HarperCollins, hardcover, ages 4-8, SRP $16.99)

Within the HarperCollins “I Can Read!” “Level 1: Beginning Reading” category is Dixie Wins the Race by Grace Gilman (illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers), a story about finding one’s true potential. When the day of the big race arrives, Emma and her canine running pal Dixie arrive both ready to run…..but Emma quickly advises Dixie not to participate, but just to sit, stay, and cheer on the sidelines.

Dixie isn’t quite content doing just that, however. Dixie wants to run.

But when Emma gets distracted and trips and falls, it’s up to Dixie to come to the rescue and save the day.

(HarperCollins, hardcover, ages 4-8, SRP $16.99)


In the beloved and timeless “Frances” series by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban comes a new edition of the classic A Birthday for Frances. (This “I Can Read!” book is Level 2, “Reading with Help.”)

Frances’ little sister Gloria’s birthday is tomorrow, and everybody’s excited about it…except for Frances. Maybe she’s just a little bit jealous. When will it be her birthday again? It seems like it’s always somebody else’s birthday.

This heartfelt tale shares life lessons about siblinghood, sharing, love, and unselfishness.

(HarperCollins, hardcover, ages 4-8, SRP $16.99)


Children’s author and poet Jack Prelutsky’s Christmas-y and wintery poems are collected together in this Level 3 “I Can Read!” book, It’s Christmas! (with illustrations by Marylin Hafner).

Children will delight in Prelutsky’s prose about subjects such as writing letters to Santa Claus, hunting for the perfect Christmas tree, Christmas caroling, the Christmas play at school, and even being in the bed sick on Christmas day.

(HarperCollins, paperback, ages 4-8, SRP $3.99)



(All of the titles above can be found at most major booksellers as well as online via,, and

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