“Addresses bullying and empathy in an easy, accessible way” —New York Post
The Nocturnals 8-book Early Reader Collection encourages kids at all reading levels who like adventurous stories featuring unusual animals.
In this adventure-filled Level 2 Early Reader, Dawn the serious fox, Tobin the sweet pangolin, and Bismark the wacky sugar glider meet an unusual new animal, Penny the possum. Bismark doesn't understand her. But Penny makes friends with the Nocturnal Brigade and shows them how to be proud of their differences.
GREAT FOR BEGINNING READERS AGES 6–8 Teaches Life Skills: Accepting Differences, Empathy, and Kindness.
Perfect for kids who like unusual animals and science!
Bonus Book Content: Nocturnals Fun Facts and Animal Glossary
Download complimentary printable activities on our website: Sight Word Games, Makerspace Crafts, Bingo, Common Core Language Arts Educator Guide, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Activities, and More!
NEW! Get The Nocturnals companion Grow & Read Animal Activity Book to extend the story with animal facts, coloring, drawing games, mazes, puzzles, and more! (Sold separately)
Illustrator: Josie Yee
Color illustrations throughout
Fountas & Pinnell: Guided Reading Level: P
Lexile Ranking: 470L • Grade Level Equivalent: 1-2
Interest Level by Grade: Pre-K to 3rd
What People Are Saying
“Hecht’s playful narrative style livens the baldly delivered lesson, as do a handful of challenging words that are not only defined by context and in a glossary in the back, but matched to equivalents in five languages.” —Booklist
“This easy reader chapter book has short, easy sentences with occasional alliteration. The illustrations have a pleasing palette. Includes facts about the animals and a glossary.” —Youth Services Book Review
“This easy reader chapter book has short, easy sentences with occasional alliteration. The illustrations have a pleasing palette. Includes facts about the animals and a glossary.” —Lost in Storyland
“[The Brigade] discovers different isn’t bad, it’s just an opportunity to discover something or someone new! A great book on acceptance, tolerance, and inclusion.” —Story Monsters
“Comparable to the ‘I Can Read’ and ‘Step Into Reading’ series that often feature plenty of superheroes, this will provide a nice change of topic - learning about the habits of nocturnal animals. (I liked how the book often used the characteristics of each animal to convey personality as well) in an easily packaged format. Also provides a glossary of sight words in other languages too!” — Kid Lit Exchange
“A delightful read that teaches young children that differences are what makes us all special. Beautifully written with eye-catching illustrations that will entertain kids while teaching a valuable lesson.” —New York Post