ALSC - Great Early Elementary Reads

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2011-2012 School-Age Programs and Services Committee recommends these titles for children who are just learning to read and beginning to read on their own. The books included were published between 2009 and 2011. However, many are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy.
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This particular collection only includes some of the notable books of ALSC’s Great Elementary Reads list.


Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear (2011)

Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Illustrated by Pat Schories

"What's that, Biscuit?"

Biscuit has found a lost teddy bear. But who does it belong to? None of his friends is missing a bear. Can Biscuit find the teddy bear's owner?

The youngest of readers will enjoy following Biscuit's search to return the bear to its rightful home in this charming, easy-to-read adventure. This book is recommended for children ages 4 and up. (Copyright © HarperCollins. All rights reserved.)

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Alyssa Satin Capucilli was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1957. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and became a professional dancer and dance instructor. Though Capucilli had written stories, poems, and even puppet shows as a child, she didn't consider a career as a writer until after her own two children were born. 

Capucilli's first published book was Peekaboo Bunny, a lift-the-flap book published in 1994. Illustrated by Mary Melcher, the book helps small children navigate in a garden, and it was popular enough to prompt a sequel, Peekaboo Bunny Friends in the Snow. Her super-successful Biscuit books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in multiple formats throughout the world.

Since 1994, Capucilli has written books for both pre-schoolers and beginning readers, and her work has been translated into French, Hebrew, Afrikaans, Greek, and Bulgarian. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with her husband and children. She currently teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York.

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Pat Schories is well-known as the illustrator of the Biscuit Early Readers series written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and published by HarperCollins. Recently, she created a 5-book series of wordless books about a dog named Jack, perfect for children “on the verge” of reading. The Jack books are published by Front Street Books, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press. Jack and Biscuit are modeled after her own two beloved dogs, Speed and Spike.

In Forest, What Would You Like, Pat combined her love of nature with writer Irene O’Garden’s poetic text. Forest is a lushly illustrated picturebook published by Holiday House.

Schories was born in New York state in 1952, grew up in Ohio, and now, once again, lives in New York. Life as a child was spent outdoors: in the woods and fields, running, climbing, biking, and swimming, and indoors: reading and making art. Now, as an adult, her favorite pastimes are much the same. In addition to illustrating books, She enjoys gardening, hiking, and going to summer fiddle camps with her musician husband, Harry.


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