The Bug in the Jug Wants a Hug

A Short Vowel Sounds Book

From the Series Sounds Like Reading ®

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Come along with me and learn all about reading! Brian P. Cleary’s wacky sentences and Jason Miskimins’s colorful art will make phonics fun! Find activities, games, and more at

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Copyright 2009
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint LernerClassroom, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2009-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JNF013100, JNF029000
Dewey 428.1'3
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Guided Reading Level J
ATOS Reading Level 1.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 127304
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is an American humorist, poet, and author. He is best known for his books written for grade-school children that explore grammar, math and poetry in humorous ways. In his role in the digital division of American Greetings, he's put words in the mouths of Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, William Shatner, Meghan Trainor and more. The multi-million selling author has performed poetry workshops in 500 elementary schools across the county. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Jason Miskimins

Jason Miskimins grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design with a BFA in illustration. He currently lives in North Olmsted, Ohio, where he creates illustrations for books and greeting cards.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Sounds Like Reading ®

Sounds Like Reading® is a series of phonic-based readers that provide emergent readers with high-quality, instructional material that is developed in accordance with the NRRF (National Right to Read Foundation). Each book builds on… View available downloads →


School Library Journal

“Cleary does a masterful job of explaining such potentially dry topics as ‘long vowel sounds with consonant digraphs’ and ‘inflectional endings’ by using comic, incongruous situations to get his point across. . . In his introduction, Cleary states that: ‘The bridge to literacy is one of the most important we will ever cross. It is my hope that the ’Sounds Like Reading’ series will help young readers to hop, gallop, and skip from one side to the other!’ Mission accomplished.”
School Library Journal