Kirkus Star
THE KIRKUS STAR
Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit




Series: I Can Read!


DIGGER THE DINOSAUR by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A strong new series for brand-new readers. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Dotlich's text makes good use of assonance and internal rhymes to support new readers' decoding skills in this story about a dinosaur who needs to clean up his bedroom before he can go outside to play ball. Read full book review >
LULU GOES TO WITCH SCHOOL by Jane O'Connor
Released: July 1, 2013

"While new readers will giggle at details such as the teacher's name (Miss Slime) or the rat-liver sandwich Lulu eats for lunch, mostly they will appreciate the story, which resonates with their own experience. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Lulu Witch is excited to begin witch school—that is, until a know-it-all classmate spoils the experience. Will the two witches ever get along? Read full book review >
MONSTER SCHOOL by Dave Keane
Released: July 1, 2012

"Not just for the first day of school; this is sure to appeal year-round. (Early reader. 5-8)"
With its wide variety of monsters, mild creep and gross factors, and potential to allay some fears about fitting in, this is sure to find a wide audience among beginning readers. Read full book review >
PETE THE CAT: PLAY BALL! by James Dean
Released: March 1, 2012

"No home run here. (Early reader. 3-5)"
Ultracool Pete the Cat turns his attention to baseball. Read full book review >