Dixie and the Best Day Ever by Grace Gilman
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Series: I Can Read Level 1
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Beginner
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 32 Hardcover 6×9″
Date Published: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Harper, of HarperCollins Children’s Books
Emma has a special assignment for school—to write a poem about her “best day ever.” The only problem is Emma is just not in the mood to write about anything right now. Her only hope is that the forecast will be right and tomorrow will be a snow day. Luckily, when Emma and Dixie wake up in the morning, the ground is covered in snow! Could a day of play be exactly the thing Emma needs to inspire her to write the perfect poem?
Dixie’s eighth I Can Read! is perfect for reading on a snowy day—or any day! With fun, exciting illustrations, this book shows that any day can become your best day ever.
Since 2011, Dixie has been a fun dog friend in the book world for my little reader. Now Dixie returns in her eighth early reader for the best day ever! Full of appropriate words for a Level 1 reader in simple sentences Dixie and Emma experience a snow day as Emma is trying to come up with a topic for a poem on the best day ever. I’m glad as a parent and teacher for the influence of finding inspiration, but for another boost I wish that even if only in the illustrations that Emma’s poem had made it into the book rather than in just a mention that she wrote one.
This Dixie early reader is illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers and not Sarah McConnell. I undecided as to which illustrator I prefer, but it always confuses me at first going from one to another.
For other recommendations about books written at a Guided Reading Level J, check out different individual titles from series such as Young Amelia Bedelia, Pony Scouts, Riff Raff, Fancy Nancy, and Little Bear. You can see my ever growing list on Goodreads.
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Grace Gilman is a former children’s book editor. She lives in New York, NY.
Jacqueline Rogers is a 1981 graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her thirty years of illustrating children’s books number over one hundred, and several of them have sold over a million copies. Jacqueline is a Spencertown, NY, resident and has two grown daughters. You can visit her online atwww.jacquelinerogers.com.