Read All About It

November 26, 2008

The title, Read all About It, jumped out at me when I was looking through some of the newer books at the library.  Then, seeing the authors’ names, Laura and Jenna Bush, I was intrigued a little more.  I know that the First Lady use to be a librarian and loves books, so I wasn’t too surprised to see how a library is tied into their book.  Jenna is a teacher and author, something I was enlightened on.

The story begins with Tyrone Brown.  He is more interested in playing than reading.  His teacher, Miss Libro, has a definite different viewpoint.  She sees the library as a place of adventure.  “You never know who you’re going to meet in a good book.”  He is not interested in listening to the daily read aloud until… one day,  his classmates are so attentive, he actually listens.  When he does, characters from the book begin to appear in the room.

I love the font in this book.  when a character speaks, the font is larger and in the illustration – without the  speech bubble frame.

Denis Brunkus illustrations capture snapshots of the adventurous children.  One each two page spread, you will notice a blackboard behind the teacher.  Flanked on either side, you will notice a “Read All About It Book List” and also the classroom rules.  With each new holiday, the book list has several titles listed within that category.  More rules are added to the list with each surprise read aloud scene.

Checkout the Harper Collins’ website about the book.  You will find some tips on helping reluctant readers.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Read All About It:

  • Voice – Tyrone speaks to the reader in first person narrative
  • Book end – the book closes with a link to the beginning; close to a circular, but not quite
  • Love of Reading – you can feel the teacher reaching out to her children
  • Library – and adventurous place
  • Ordinary moments – taking an ordinary day at school and making it exciting with a read aloud