Just Read! is that book you need in your home or classroom library! Written by Lori Degman and Illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov, Just Read! (out in early March from Sterling) has an energetic poetic narrative quality that makes it a fun read aloud text that you and your children or students will really enjoy!
Tentler-Krylov’s digital and watercolor illustrations bring each page alive as Degman offers readers alternatives to reading alone. Degman’s narrator shares different ways he or she reads, different times he or she readers, and different people or characters with whom he or she reads. Sharing that the characters in the books keep the reader company, Degman includes lines such as, “I read with a penguin, / a moose, or a bear.” Little kids will have fun searching for the named characters on the pages!
There is something for everyone in this book. Your young readers will be captivated by the multiple images and scenes (The treehouse scene on the last page is my absolute favorite spread!!!!) on each page, and you will be entertained by the energetic, poetic couplets throughout the book. This would be a fun title to share with a class of students! It’s on my to-read list when I read at my little boy’s school in a few weeks!
A lovely book about the power of reading, Just Read! earns four stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️