A stunning new picture book from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet This New York Times bestselling duo has teamed up for the first time to bring you How to Read a Book, a poetic and beautiful journey about the experience of reading.
Find a tree--a
black tupelo or
dawn redwood will do--and
(It's okay if you prefer a stoop, like Langston Hughes.)
With these words, an adventure begins. Kwame Alexander's evocative poetry and Melissa Sweet's lush artwork come together to take readers on a sensory journey between the pages of a book.
How to Read a Book has received three starred reviews--School Library Journal (starred review)
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About the Author
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of more than 35 books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his, Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game of Life, Swing, and the picture books, Out of Wonder and The Undefeated, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, and won the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The NCTE/Charlotte Huck Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people around the world through The Write Thing, his K-12 Writing Workshop. Kwame is the founder of Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.www.kwamealexander.com
Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than one hundred books. Her work has been in magazines, on greeting cards, and on her living room walls. Melissa has received the Caldecott Honor Medal twice, among many other awards, including the Sibert Medal, and is a New York Times bestselling author and artist. Melissa lives in Maine. You can visit her at www.melissasweet.net.
★ "[An] engaging and mesmerizing ode to reading...delightful and appealing."--ALA Booklist (starred review)
★ "A linguistic and visual feast."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ "A beautiful book not to be rushed through, but to be enjoyed morsel by tasty morsel."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"This is a party for a select (but hopefully large) list of like-minded young literati, who know how to 'squeeze every morsel of each plump line until the last drop of magic drips from the infinite sky' and revel in their fandom."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
★ "Readers who will want to head right back to the beginning and soak in this lovingly rendered testimonial more than once...Sweet's distinctive hand-lettered text, which itself becomes another part of the artwork, is a perfect complement to Alexander's prose."--BookPage (starred review)