Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Children's Book Review and GIVEAWAY: How to Read a Book, by Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet {ends 8/7}

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

Don’t rush though:

Your eyes need time to taste.

Your soul needs room to bloom.

What an adorable picture book! It inspired me to want to do something crafty, and read a book.

Children's Book Review and GIVEAWAY: How to Read a Book, by Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet {ends 8/7}
Official synopsis: 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 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.

This is such a fun book. The poem has great imagery in its words on how to really dive in to a book, and the art completely pops from the page. It has also sent us on a journey into other books and learning new things, as my young son asked who Langston Hughes is, and what a "stoop" is.

I’d recommend this book for reading with a child aged 4 to 8. Some of the words are almost disguised by the boisterous art, so kids may easily gloss over parts of the poem while only pulling out the words that are recognizable and easy to see. I could also imagine reading this book to a child without letting them see the art, and ask what they would imagine as illustrations to go with the poem.

Overall I’d give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The poem is colorful and descriptive, and the art is loud and includes some cut-shape pages.

{click here to purchase}

Becki Bayley loves reading and loves watching kids love to read too! Check out her blog at


One of my lucky readers will win a copy of How to Read a Book!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Wednesday, August 7th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be contacted via email the next day and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

How to Read a Book, by Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet


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