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    AMICUS READERS

    Amicus Readers provide an inviting variety of nonfiction leveled books for K-2, serving young learners in pursuit of reading skills—just like Amicus pursues the big red ball.

  • Illustrated

    AMICUS ILLUSTRATED

    Amicus Illustrated offers fiction and nonfiction for preschool to grade 6 with highly visual information and stories that students—and our pal Amicus—are after!

  • High Interest

    AMICUS HIGH INTEREST

    Like many students, Amicus likes to pursue what's of interest to him. Amicus High Interest books serve individual interests of those in grades 2-6.

  • Ink

    AMICUS INK

    Amicus Ink features board books, picture books, and paperbacks that encourage young children to explore facts, examine ideas, and imagine new ways of understanding the world.

  • Spot

    SPOT

    Spot books pair key words with engaging images at the beginning, middle, and end—making it fun to read, spot, and learn.

  • Sequence

    SEQUENCE

    Sequence books explain the processes and timelines behind kids' favorite things. Each title connects products and knowledge step-by-step from idea, through creation and discovery, to the end user.

Author Q&A: Alissa Thielges

Easy-to-read doesn’t mean easy to write! Alissa Thielges, author of our new Spot Wild Cats series, stopped by to talk about her writing process.

Q: Spot Wild Cats is a series for kids just learning to read. What challenges did you encounter writing at this low level?

AT: It’s hard to strike that perfect balance of fun and informative with so few words. There were times when I had a great fact, but it just didn’t fit with the rest of the text or for the age level. 

Q: After writing this series, what’s your favorite wild cat?

AT: I’ve always thought tigers were pretty awesome, but lynx might be my new favorite. They’re so fluffy!

Q: When you only have about 100 words in the main text, how do you decide what to keep in and what to leave out?

AT: While researching, I thought about what makes each cat unique. I chose the Spot vocab words first and then structured the rest of the story, highlighting the interesting facts I found. All the cats have paws, legs, and jaws, but they use them in different ways. I focused on those differences, so the reader learns something new in each book.

Q: What was your favorite book that you read as a child?

AT: I loved the A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy. Those books really sparked my interest in reading. I also have fond memories of long reading sessions with The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids and Encyclopedia Brown. I guess I liked mysteries!

Q: When you’re not writing, what are your favorite things to do?

AT: Read of course! I also love a good game night. (I’m only slightly competitive.) When it’s nice out, I like to camp and explore nature with short hikes and bike rides.

Lynx book cover, Spot Wild Cats series