Read! Read! Read!


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8.8 X 11.1 X 0.6 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is author of Forest Has A Song (Clarion, 2013), Every Day Birds (Scholastic, 2016) and Poems Are Teachers (Heinemann 2017) as well as the forthcoming Dreaming of You (Boyds Mills Press, 2018) and With My Hands (Clarion, 2018). Amy's poems are frequently anthologized, she lives in Holland, NY, and you can find her online blogging for children at

Ryan O'Rourke is the author-illustrator of Bella: Lost And Found (HarperCollins, 2014) and illustrator of Mouseling's Words by Shutta Crum (Clarion, 2016), Alphabet Trains by Samantha R. Vamos (Charlesbridge, 2017), and more. He teaches illustration at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and lives in Hooksett, New Hampshire.


"VanDerwater and O'Rourke have created a compendium of poetry that focuses on the sheer joy of reading. Twenty-three selections of varying rhyme schemes convey a world rich with emotions and experiences. Each verse is connected to relatable reading milestones, such as laughing over the Sunday comics or staying up late to read under the covers. Conversational in style, these poems provide illustrative cues that invite children to explore imagery... (f)antastical at times, O'Rourke's vivid artwork blends seamlessly with VanDerwater's text, fluctuating between bright and dark colors to suggest tone. A pleasing addition for poetry collections serving young children." - School Library Journal

"Learning to read, wanting to read, daring to read--nearly every state of mastering the word is explored in VanDerwater's collection of 23 poems. Bookless? No worries. Cereal boxes, road signs, or even wildly decorated notebook paper can fill the bill for the greedy page gobbler. But if you happen to have a book...ahhhh, the sublime delight of reading under the covers way past dark (just like mom did) is unsurpassed. 'She taught me how / a story leaps / like magic / from each page. / I'm sure my mom / read past her bedtime / under blankets / at my age.'" - Kirkus Reviews

"Lifelong readers can relate to similar milestones: that incredible surge of excitement when letters suddenly begin to make sense...This collection of poems celebrates these experiences...Topics will resonate with school-age audiences...and the satisfying meter and rhyme schemes...make sharing enjoyable for adults. (The) illustrations...align perfectly with each selection's tone, helping young readers interpret imagery and appreciate nuances...April may be Poetry Month, but this collection is worth sharing at any time." - Booklist