Monday, June 2, 2008

Great Kids Book For Summer!

I Don’t Like To Read!
By Nancy Carlson
ISBN: 9780670061914-2007
Fiction: Juvenile Fiction, Humorous, Reading
Publisher: Penquin Group; Viking Juvenile $15.99
Publisher site:
Reviewer: Jewel Sample

Henry likes everything about first grade except reading. His classmates even show him the creative ways they like to read, but Henry still doesn’t want anything to do with it. His teacher discovers why Henry doesn’t like to read. Then with some support from school and home he gets a big surprise. What is Henry’s big surprise?

Carlson brings the sensitive issue of why some children don’t like to read to the forefront in an insightful and humorous way that makes it easy for the young reader to understand.

What makes this story so special is Carlson’s careful thread of showing children they will face difficulties in learning, but with help from others they can be successful. When read to my grandchildren I heard over and over that reading is hard work with so many new words to learn, but someday it will be easier.

Reviewer recommends this book for educational institutions and families with beginning and reluctant readers.

For more information about Nancy Carlson’s publications and classroom ideas please visit:
Reviewed by Jewel Sample, award-winning author of Flying Hugs and Kisses (2006), also translated: Besos y abrazos al aire (2006, Spanish edition) and Flying Hugs and Kisses Activity Book (2007).

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