How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander

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—ablack tupelo ordawn redwood will do—andplant yourself.(It’s okay if you prefer a stoop, like Langston Hughes.)With these words, an adventure begins. Kwame Alexande...

Details How to Read a Book

TitleHow to Read a Book
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Poetry, Writing, Books About Books

Reviews How to Read a Book

  • Carolyn
    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 are so complementary and enjoyable. Check this book out!
  • Eti
    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 books made from words from books, specifically Bambi, although I'm so curious where the rest of them are from. I can't wait for the behind the scenes making of this...
  • Shari
    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.
  • Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
    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.
  • Dreaday
    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 to purchase it, but... ehhh. To summarize, I did not enjoy the art style. No comment on the poetry since I was UNABLE TO CONCENTRATE ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY READ IT.
  • Great Books
    Celebrate reading and discover the best way to devour a book from finding a comfortable spot to sit to opening the book and your mind. Stunning collage illustrations enhance this engaging ode to reading. Reviewer 14
  • Diane
    “Don’t rush though: your eyes need time to taste. Your soul needs room to bloom.”Bright, vivid collage illustrations accompany the juicy words of this poem to create a celebration of reading through the senses.
  • Raina
    I love this poem, and I love these illustrations! Though putting the words on the illustrations make it rather difficult to read. You have to really stop to find each letter on the page (which I suspect is the whole point).
  • Jennifer
    THIS is the book you MUST own this summer. Read it with family and friends. Don’t miss one page, as there are lots of secrets revealed throughout — so much fun! Kwame’s words and Melissa’s colorful collage illustrations make this the perfect book to share.
  • Teri
    This is a simple story that comes to life because of the illustrations. Truly fantastic! There is so much to see with the story of Bambi taking the stage in the background illustrations. Can't wait to share this with my students.
  • Jenn
    Fantastically beautiful!
  • Ms Threlkeld
    The kind of poetry and illustrations that give readers pause and force them to linger over each page and idea.
  • Becky
    I loathe this font. It makes it SO challenging to read. A lovely sentiment, but I won't be pushing this one.
  • Susan Kennedy
    Visually beautifully, linguistically nearly perfect. A treat for the eyes and the ears. Can not wait to read this book to everyone and share it widely.
  • Sarah
    Terrific artwork but the text is lacking originality and substance.
  • MaryLibrarianOH
    Alexander wrote a poem to explore the best way to get comfortable and read a book.
  • Ireadkidsbooks
    Yikes. Visually overwhelming and textually underwhelming.
  • Erin
    This book is lovely to look at but difficult to read. Nice idea but I'm not sure its executed well.
  • Emilie
    A delightful ode to reading backed by Sweet's incredible and brilliant (literally) illustrations. Snuggle up in your favorite chair and take it in!
  • Sara
    I loved it!
  • Jan
    A testimony to the love of reading! Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated!