We believe that each child is a rising star in the world of reading, and we want to encourage them to reach for the stars as they launch their reading journey.


Reading opens a new galaxy for kids, and we want them to know that wherever they are—as a Rising Star at Pre-Level One, a Star at Level One, gaining meteor speed as a SuperStar at Level Two, or a MegaStar at Level Three—they are all reading stars.


Nothing will get kids more excited about reading than a great, engaging story. And who better to shine a spotlight on the world of reading than the stars kids already know and love? That’s why the Ready-to-Read list features the stars kids want to read about:


       • Stars from television and movies like OLIVIA, Mike the Knight, and Daniel Tiger.

       • Stars from our classic books like Katy Duck by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, David Carter's Bugs, and Eric Carle.

       • And familiar stars from our Ready-to-Reads like Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, and the Robin Hill
         School gang.

       • We also welcome new rising stars that kids will quickly fall in love with: Friday the Scaredy Cat, the Dino School

         bunch and The Really Rotten Princess.


         Click here to view Ready-to-Read books of these favorite characters!


We hope you’ll join us as we blast off on our journey to help kids become reading stars. The reading universe awaits them!


Valerie Garfield


Publisher, Novelty and Licensed Publishing

Simon & Schuster Children’s Books


“Ready-to-Read has levels that really are reliable for teachers and useful tools for our newest readers.”

—Ed Spicer, first grade teacher and reading specialist, Allegan, Michigan


“There’s just enough story here to keep very beginning readers’ interest without overwhelming them with words.”

Booklist (Review of Katy Duck and the Tip-Top Tap Shoes, Star/Level 1)


“Easy sight vocabulary with good rhyming words will support young readers, and the illustrations are colorful and expressive.”

School Library Journal (Review of Inch and Roly and the Very Small Hiding Place, Star/Level 1)


“An affectionate, upbeat tone and irresistible subject matter make this a must for easy-reader collections.”

School Library Journal (Review of Hello, Mommy ZooBorns!, Star/Level 1)


“The vocabulary, character development, and plot are skillfully developed for the emerging reader and appropriately supported by clear, colorful illustrations.”

—Susan Hall, librarian at St. Ursula Villa in Cincinnati, Ohio (Review of Pinky and Rex and the Perfect Pumpkin, Megastar/Level 3)


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