by Lori Degman
Illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov
Sterling Children's Books
ages 4 to 8
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!
Just Read! is a celebration of reading, which demonstrates that reading can be done anywhere, everywhere, and invites fantasy in even the most unlikely places.
The title sums up the book nicely. Every page is dedicated to the act of reading, and young listeners are taken through a colorful and exciting display of how versatile reading can be. Following a gentle rhyme, the text flows in an easy to understand way, while still making the situations clear. The locations where a book can be read are almost as vast as the imagination—in a place, in the grocery store, in secret code or in the rain.
The illustrations are my favorite part of this book. They are vibrant and bring every scene to life. There are tons of details, both realistic and humorous. They invite for flipping through and exploring on their own, and still bring across the main message along the way.
There's no shying away from the message in these pages—read. This makes it a lovely book to read aloud to classrooms, library readings or other groups of kids, since it does inspire reading and show demonstrate how wonderful and fun it can be.
Lori Degman is the author of 1 Zany Zoo (Simon & Schuster), Cack-a-Doodle Oops! (Creston Books), Norbert's Big Dream (Sleeping Bear Press), and the upcoming Like a Girl (Sterling). Lori was a teacher of deaf and hard-of-hearing students and is now a full-time author. She lives near Chicago, IL and is available for interviews. Follow her on Twitter at @loriDegman.
Victoria Tentler-Krylov's artwork has been published by Pink Giraffe Books in Russia and by Spider magazine The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Flutter Magazine in the US. Visit Victoria online at cargocollective.com/victoriakrylov