How to Read a Book

How to Read a Book

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 plant yourself. (It?s okay if you prefer a stoop, like L A stunning new picture book from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Honoree Melissa...

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Title:How to Read a Book
Author:Kwame Alexander
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Genres:Childrens
Edition Language:English

How to Read a Book Reviews

  • Mary Lee
    Jun 23, 2019
    Wow. Melissa Sweet pulled out all the stops on this one. Hidden Nikki Grimes quote in the spread between the title page and the dedication page, before Kwame's poem begins (took me about four reads to find it). Gatefold, two small pages with cutouts, neon colors, and of course her amaz...
  • Shari
    Jun 19, 2019
    Gorgeous book by a dynamic duo. Adult book nerds will appreciate the incredible artwork, clever language, and connections to notable poets. Kid book nerds will enjoy the clever structural features. OK, the adults like the structural features, too. ...
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Jun 27, 2019
    Wow! Gorgeous illustrations and words! Melissa Sweet and Kwame Alexander are a great combo! ...
  • DaNae
    Jul 13, 2019
    I love this to pieces. The art in incredible. If I could choose someone to decorate my favorite rooms it would be Melissa Sweet. ...
  • kelly
    Jul 01, 2019
    I know some will disagree but I found the book very hard to read. While I enjoyed the artful illustrations, I felt that a young child who may try to read this would have difficulty due to the font style interspersed with the collage work. I love the poem. I love the artwork. I don't lo...
  • Danielle
    Jul 14, 2019
    Got to be honest. Form overshadowed function here. I had a really hard time reading and following the text. ...
  • Susie
    Aug 09, 2019
    I thought perhaps I was missing out by getting the audiobook of this, but after reading how some people have said the illustrations are a bit distracting, I guess it's okay. I've enjoyed Melissa Sweet's illustrations in other books, so will still have to see the hardcover of this. T...
  • Kate
    Jun 28, 2019
    For a book on 'How to read a book" this is really hard to read... like physically, it is hard to read the actual text. The collage like art combined with overly bright colors and mismatched patchwork font choices are jarring to the eye. I'm not sure what they were thinking, but there w...
  • Rita
    Jun 23, 2019
    Loved the vibrant illustrations and of course the beautiful words celebrating reading! ...
  • Krissy Neddo
    Jun 26, 2019
    Adults will like better. Illustration style did not appeal to me. Word Art is too busy. Message too lyrical for the intended group of readers. Not a group read aloud. ...
  • Laura Harrison
    Jun 27, 2019
    I am in awe of How to Read a Book! The gorgeous cover art draws you in and the text wow's you! Melissa Sweet is one of the very best picture book illustrator's of our time. She has topped herself with this one. Every page is an inspired wonder. There isn't a question in my mind that Ho...
  • Edward Sullivan
    Jun 26, 2019
    A beautiful, joyful celebration of reading. ...
  • Eti
    Mar 29, 2019
    A true dream team with Kwame Alexander's beautiful poetry (I believe I first saw a version of this poem in the Scholastic Open a World of Possible book) paired with Melissa Sweet's signature collage style that captures the magic of devouring the written word. A tribute to the power of ...
  • Jen
    Jul 05, 2019
    I really wanted to love this book as I've read rave reviews on it. While I do love the poem that this is based on, the art form used to illustrate the book made some of the pages very difficult to read. I found myself double checking to make sure I read everything that I was supposed t...
  • Jillian Heise
    Jul 04, 2019
    This one would likely not make a good read aloud because of how busy the pages are and how the words are illustrated making it harder to read. As a lap story, it would be good, and has a beautiful way of saying what it has to say. ...
  • Carolyn
    Mar 01, 2019
    How fun, an ode to reading. Instructional in the best way. "Once you're comfy, peel its gentle skin, like you would a clementine...Next, did your thumb at the bottom of each juicy section and POP the words out." I can't decide if I prefer the illustrations or the writing better, both a...
  • Linda
    Jul 15, 2019
    Kwame Alexander's poem about reading is lovely: "Next, dig your thumb at the bottom of each juicy section/and Pop the words out". Melissa Sweet's illustrations illuminate: see that toaster 'popping words'. Both make for slow reading, just the way to read poetry and to savor art. You ha...
  • Danielle
    Jul 03, 2019
    Yup, yup, soak this one up!! ...
  • Amy Romanowski
    Jul 18, 2019
    Lovely book with fantastic word choice! ...
  • Jazmen
    Aug 05, 2019
    Wildly original and highly interactive; ?How To Read A Book,? guides readers in a poetic, lyrical journey, to do simply that, read. Pages fall loose, and open to vibrant commanding pages of prose that are simple and easy to follow, but are also engaging and deep. The illustrati...
  • Dreaday
    Jun 19, 2019
    This could have been fine, but the writing was almost indistinguishable from the art, which made it really difficult to read the actual poetry. I couldn?t make it through while I was at the store today. I will have to dedicate some actual time to it, which I assume I would if I were ...
  • Kathy Mathey
    Jul 26, 2019
    Word choice is impeccable in this lovely picture book. ...
  • Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
    Jun 17, 2019
    What a lovely poem dedicated to the joy of reading. The words were so beautiful and baffled the senses. The illustrations were so bright and beautiful. ...
  • Charlos
    Jul 03, 2019
    I found this much preferable as an audiobook: Alexander's narration was a much better accompaniment to the words than Sweet's art. Not to say that her art isn't wonderful in here, it just didn't seem to fit for me: I think it might be more confusing to younger audiences as opposed to a...
  • Stacy Weddle
    Jul 31, 2019
    Wow! Such a lovely and wonderful book about loving to read any book! It is pure bliss and the illustrations are lively and sweet and thoughtful! I read this to my 9 year old tonight and we both just smiled and sighed and got excited about the next book we will open to read!! ...
  • Raven Black
    Jun 25, 2019
    The entire book is a piece of art ...
  • Mahlon
    Aug 01, 2019
    The illustrations were beautiful, but they made it difficult for me to appreciate the poetry and visuals simultaneously. Lovely poem, though, Kwame. <3 ...
  • Effie
    Jul 09, 2019
    This was a frustrating experience for me. I really liked Kwame Alexander's writing, but I hated the artwork on this one. It was so busy I could barely find the words. The artwork overpowered the writing here and I could not enjoy it. I kept feeling like I wanted to type out the words s...
  • Ben Truong
    Jul 02, 2019
    How to Read a Book is a children's picture book written Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, which is a wonderful ode to reading. Alexander's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and lyrical. It depicts the joys and wonders of reading with verse and beautiful ima...
  • Melissapalmer404
    Jul 04, 2019
    This is a beautifully illustrated picture book that talks about how to read a book. First you find a comfy spot, then you dive in to the colors, the smell, the rustling of pages, by yourself or with friends. ...