Resource Links The Year's Best | 2017
CLEL Bell Award | 2018 | Short-listed
Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design
in Canada | 2018 | Commended
In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do, you open yourself
to a universe of adventure.
Presented in light-hearted, rib-tickling verse that's perfect for reading aloud, You Can Read sings it loud and proud: Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them.
HARDCOVER 9781459813243 $19.95
"Helaine Becker’s brief rhyming text and Mark Hoffmann’s quirky stylized artwork highlight the many different places You Can Read (Orca, Feb. 2017; K-Gr 4). Two young protagonists, a girl and a boy, explore locales that are sometimes familiar (the classroom, the park, under the covers) and other times adventurously (and often hilariously) surprising: You can read in the desert, under the sea, in a spaceship, and more. In one snicker-inducing spread, the girl utilizes the bathroom facilities while perusing a copy of The Time Taker; meanwhile, the boy knocks impatiently on the door, legs crossed and a copy of News Flush clasped under his arm. Another illustration shows the two children reading while walking down the street,a perhaps unwise idea, since you might step in EEEW! (the girl, nose in a copy of Fancy Foot Work, gets off scot-free, but the disgusted facial expression of the boy, who holds a book ironically entitled Look Where You’re Going, shows that he has stepped in doggy do). The tale’s amusing silliness and heartfelt enthusiasm are endearing, and the message that reading’s great for doing...Every Whereis delightfully trumpeted throughout."
- SLJ International Literacy Day List
"Reminding kids that you can read anywhere, this lighthearted book in verse is sure to encourage kids to grab a book and set out on whatever adventures their hearts desire."
"Children will find it amusing that they can read on the toilet or in their underwear! A fun read-aloud for a storytime or class visit. This book is definitely worth purchasing."
"Will have librarians, teachers, and book mavens immediately reaching for it."