A stunning new picture book from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet! This New York Times bestselling duo has teamed up for the first time to bring you How to Read a Book, a poetic and beautiful journey about the experience of reading.
Find a tree—a
black tupelo or
dawn redwood will do—and
(It’s okay if you prefer a stoop, like Langston Hughes.)
With these words, an adventure begins. Kwame Alexander’s evocative poetry and Melissa Sweet’s lush artwork come together to take readers on a sensory journey between the pages of a book.
About the Author:
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include SURF’S UP, a picture book; BOOKED, a middle grade novel; and He Said She Said, a YA novel.
About the Illustrator:
Melissa Sweet grew up in a suburban neighborhood that had lots of kids, kick-the-can games on summer nights, and Percy’s candy store right nearby. Later she received her Associate’s Degree from Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute. Sweet began began illustrating children’s books in 1986 and has illustrated more than 60 books. Sweet’s signature style of whimsical watercolors is often enhanced by collage art when she finds objects and details that are appropriate to the story.
Now that my nephew is starting to learn the alphabet, he always runs up to me with a book to read to him. While he isn’t quite old enough to understand the words, he was definitely drawn to the pictures in Kwame Alexander’s How to Read a Book. Alexander’s beautiful ode to the joy of reading encourages literacy for young readers and reminds adults why they started to enjoy reading in the first place. Melissa Sweet uses a colorful mixed media approach to the illustrations. While the artwork is eye-catching, I found it a little difficult to actually read the words because there was so much going on on each page. Thank you to Wunderkind for sending me a copy to check out! My nephew has already picked this one up several times and it seems to be the new favorite for story time.