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New Review Tuesday: Born to Read

I couldn’t have asked for a better book to kick off my entries on this blog, which will focus on the latest and greatest in children’s literature. What’s worth adding to your classroom library? What should you spend your gift certificates on? What release dates should you mark on your calendar?

Those are just some of the questions I hope to answer on New Review Tuesdays.

WwwrandomhousecomWild Born to Read
by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown, and published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, is a lovable ode to reading from the team behind the best-selling Wild About Books.

While Wild About Books centered on the librarian Molly McGrew, who accidentally drives her bookmobile into the zoo, Born to Read stays closer to home, following a young boy with a love for books from infancy to school age.

There’s still a good dose of zaniness, however, as Sam ends up using his favorite stories to kick a giant out of town. And Sierra’s silly rhyming verse will definitely get kids giggling. Brown’s over-the-top illustrations add to the fun.

Born to Read is best for grades K–3, but it would also be a fantastic read-aloud for upper-elementary kids during the first days and weeks of school, when you’re trying to build up excitement around books. Do you have another story that you use to get kids enthused about reading? Please share it in the comments!

Comments

Hannah Trierweiler

Sorry my link didn't go through with my last comment-- Guys Read is a project ran by our National Ambassador for Children's Literature, Jon Scieszka, and is over at www.guysread.com.

Hannah Trierweiler

MK, I hear you about preaching to the choir. I'm not sure there are any easy answers to the questions you're bringing up. As far as equating non-readers with animals, I don't think Wild About Books crosses any lines because the tone of the book is so obviously spirited and fun. But others may disagree with me.

Nothing comes to mind as far as picture books about characters who don't enjoy reading, although I'm sure there are some out there. Any commenters want to pick up the ball?

I will say I'm digging the suggestions over at Guys Read--many are good choices for reluctant readers.

MK Hudson

I think Wild About Books is a lot of fun, and expect to enjoy Born to Read as well. But these books do make me wonder about reaching kids who are not natural readers. After all, books that celebrate people who celebrate books feels a little circular -- and like preaching to the choir, no?
Does anyone have any good recommendations for books that make reading fun that don't start with characters who already enjoy reading? Wild About Books heads in this direction, but I worry about so directly equating non-readers with animals...thoughts?

Hannah Trierweiler

I think you'll really enjoy Born to Read, Edith, if you liked Wild About Books. And I agree, reaching out to boy readers is crucial. Thanks for your comments!

Edith Cohn

Oh my gosh I LOVE Wild About Books! I got it for my friend's son & she says he jumps about the house screaming "Wild About Books," and how can that not make your heart melt? I'm excited to check out Born to Read! It's great to get the message across to boys at a young age that reading is COOL.

Edith Cohn

Oh my gosh I LOVE Wild About Books! I got it for my friend's son & she says he jumps about the house screaming "Wild About Books," and how can that not make your heart melt? I'm excited to check out Born to Read! It's great to get the message across to boys at a young age that reading is COOL.

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