Born to Read

Born to Read

By Judy Sierra; Marc Tolon Brown (Illustrator)

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375846878, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 12, 2008

THE AWARD-WINNING COLLABORATORS of the "New York Times "#1 picture book bestseller "Wild About Books "are back with a new story that promotes books and reading. Told in Judy Sierra's inimitable read-aloud rhyme, the narrative chronicles the amazing successes of Sam thanks to his early love of books. The story ranges from Sam's infancy, when his mother reads him a picture book ( then another, then another, then another . . . such a perfect, patient mother ), to school age, when he cleverly uses some of his favorite books to rid his town of the rampaging baby giant, Grundaloon. Here's my secret, Sam decreed. Readers win and winners read. Marc Brown's playful pictures joyously complement this fun-to-read, upbeat story.

About the Author
Judy Sierra is the author of many award-winning books for children including the bestsellers "Antarctic Antics", illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey; "Wild About Books", illustrated by Marc Brown; and"The Secret Science Project that AlmostAte the School", illustrated by Stephen Gammell.Sierra holds a PhD in folklore and mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has received the Children s Choice Award from the International Reading Association, two Aesop awards from the American Folklore Society, and the E.B. White Read Aloud Prize from the Association of Booksellers for Children. She lives with her husband in Eugene, Oregon. Visit her online at

Marc Brown is known best for his ARTHUR series. He grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania where as a child he was influenced by family and friends that would be eventually become the many stories of an aardvark.Trained at the Cleveland Art Institute, Marc went on to create more than 100 picture books for children. Before his current success, however, Marc had many jobs, including stints as a truck driver, soda jerk, actor, chicken farmer, television art director, short order cook, and college professor! He now lives in Hingham, Massachusetts and Martha's Vineyard, with his wife, illustrator and author Laurie Krasny Brown, and their daughter Eliza. Marc and Laurie are the creators of the path-breaking nonfiction Dino Life Guides for Families series.