The New York Reader

Our Readers (also known as primers) are patterned after the popular nineteenth century McGuffey Readers which were used to teach life lessons and reading skills to young children. From the author of E is for Empire: A New York State Alphabet and Times Square: A New York State Number Book comes yet another reason to enjoy learning about the Empire State. In The New York State Reader Ann Burg uses a variety of writing forms to showcase the state's rich and fascinating history, people, and culture. Poetry (including an original state pledge), counting games, hidden state symbols, and landmark riddles attract and engage beginning readers. Prose, biographies, and short stories challenge more advanced readers. Some of the topics covered are early Native American influence, immigration, and the Harlem Renaissance. With its broad scope, The New York State Reader provides ample opportunity for student/classroom interaction.Former educator Ann E. Burg has been writing since early childhood. Her other books with Sleeping Bear Press are E is for Empire: A New York State Alphabet; Times Square: A New York State Number Book; and Rebekkah's Journey. She lives in upstate New York. K. L. Darnell earned her BFA at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. She has illustrated all of the books in the Reader series. In addition to her work as an illustrator, Kate is an art instructor. She lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level
Dewey 810.8/09747
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Paperback (9781585363490), PDF (9781534125803), Hosted ebook (9781534125964)
Copyright 2009, 2008
Number of Pages 96
Dimensions 5.5 x 7.5
Graphics Full-color illustrations

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Author: Ann E. Burg

Ann Burg was born in New York and spent her happy early childhood years in Brooklyn, where she wrote poetry and read lots of books. When she was eight years old, Ann and her family moved to New Jersey where she continued to read, write and dream. An English teacher for more than 10 years, Ann pursued her interest in writing as a hobby and had several articles published in newspapers throughout New York and New Jersey. With the support of her husband and their cherished daughter and son, Ann decided to leave teaching and pursue her writing career full time. She lives with her family in Albany, New York.

Illustrator: K. L. Darnell

Artist Kate Darnell has been drawing for as long as she can remember and even after 20 years of doing it, is thrilled each day to be making her living at what she loves most to do—drawing pictures. She earned her BFA studying drawing and painting at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. In addition to her freelance career as an illustrator and calligrapher, she is a part-time instructor of art at Lansing Community College. Her art has been described as "making you want to slow down and look." Her intricate drawings are achieved through many layers of tiny colored pencil marks on vellum paper. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and daughter.

  • New York Pledge
  • New York Numbers
  • Manhattan Riddles
  • Hidden State Symbols
  • The Two Row Wampum Belt
  • John Peter Zenger: Freedom of the Press
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Beard
  • New York Is a Mosaic: Annie’s Gift
  • New York Months
  • Jacob Lawrence & the Harlem Renaissance
  • Harlem Tune
  • A Boy Named Teedie
  • A Girl Named Sybil
  • Ode to New York
  • Forever Wild Amendment
  • Soft White Feathers
  • A Snowy Surprise
  • September 11 2001
  • A New York State Timeline
  • I Am a Citizen of New York
Full-color illustrations