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 o/>Find A stunning new picture book from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet! This New York Times...

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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

  • Rebecca
    Sep 20, 2019
    Kwame Alexander + Melissa Sweet + a book about reading + NEON color is going to get my attention for sure! Yet a little part of this book didn't gel for me. I found myself wishing I could hear Kwame read the poem aloud, while experiencing Melissa Sweet's collages in a bigger way -- gal...
  • 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! ...
  • 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...
  • Marcia
    Sep 29, 2019
    Wow! This book is stunning on both sides: Kwame Alexander's poetry sparkles and transports, a loe letter to reading a book. Melissa Sweet's collage illustrations are amazing and the perfect accompaniment. I've read the book to classes six times this week and each gets better and better...
  • 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...
  • Candace
    Sep 06, 2019
    A poem about how to read a book. The artwork is busy and brilliantly colorful, mixed with collages and cutouts. At times I felt the poem got lost in the artwork. I had to read pages more than once to make sure I was seeing it correctly. I recommend this book as a one on one reading exp...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Oct 16, 2019
    How to Read a Book is a piece-of-art tribute to reading and books and joy. The illustrations are as delicious as the words. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. ...
  • Rita
    Jun 23, 2019
    Loved the vibrant illustrations and of course the beautiful words celebrating reading! ...
  • Amanda
    Aug 21, 2019
    What a dilemma! She is one of my favorite illustrators. I love poetry. Put these together and it should be a WIN! No. The illustrations tangled me badly. I was lost and ill-sorted and ill-suited against the collages and bright pops. *hangs head in defeat* What I normally cherish...
  • Amy!
    Aug 20, 2019
    KWAME!! SWOON. Also, I would like several of these illustrations for my walls. ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Donna
    Aug 08, 2019
    Lyrical, beautiful, mesmerizing. The power of reading a form of bibliotherapy in itself. Bookart collages and zany colourways abound. Love it. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Michelle
    Sep 14, 2019
    Explosive colors and creative, fun collage art to go with a great message about reading but it was a little hard on the eyes and difficult to read. ...
  • 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!! ...
  • 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. ...