Read! Read! Read!
Twenty-three poems capture the joys of reading.
From that thrilling moment when a child first learns to decipher words, to the excitement that follows in reading everything from road signs to field guides to internet articles to stories, these poems celebrate reading. They also explore what reading does -- how it opens minds, can make you kind, and allows you to explore the whole world. Ryan O’Rourke’s rich artwork beautifully captures the imagination and playfulness in these poems by noted author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.
Praise For Read! Read! Read!…
"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
Wordsong, 9781590789759, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
About the Author
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. ryanorourke.com