Title: Just Read!
Author: Lori Degman
Illustrator: Victoria Tentler-Krylov
Published: May 5, 2019
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 32
Ages: 5+ | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure: 470L
Synopsis: Learning to read is a big accomplishment, and this exuberant picture book celebrates reading in its many forms. In lively rhyme, it follows a diverse group of word-loving children who grab the opportunity to read wherever and whenever they can. They read while waiting and while sliding or swinging; they read music and in Braille and the signs on the road. And, sometimes, they even read together, in a special fort they’ve built. The colorful, fanciful art and rollicking text will get every child more excited about reading!
This is an ode to bookworms everywhere. I’ve been a bookworm for as far back as I can remember and this story reminds me of many adventures I’ve had with a book in my hand. Literacy opens so many doors and minds that are impossible to shut. I’m thankful for all the places I’ve been, people I’ve met, and tears I’ve cried because of a book. Those moments are priceless.
Tentler-Krylov’s illustrations were quite playful and colorful. After reading the dedication, it was clear to me why there was so much passion in the words of the text. Degman is a TEACHER! Just Read! should be added to school libraries, read by teachers to their students, and gifted to family. This book brought back so many memories for me and I hope it can make new ones for young readers.