Sterling Children's Books

Just Read!

By Lori Degman (Author), Victoria Tentler-Krylov (Ilustrator)


Format Hardcover Picture Book


Just Read!

by Lori Degman, Victoria Tentler-Krylov



Barnes and Noble Indiebound
“A chipper, colorful celebration of the limitless possibilities for what, where, and when one can read.” —Publishers Weekly
These kids all love to read—alone or together, on a bus or in a parade. And every time they open a book, they open up a whole new world, too!
Learning to read is a big accomplishment, and this exuberant picture book celebrates reading in its many forms. In lively rhyme, it follows a diverse group of word-loving children who grab the opportunity to read wherever and whenever they can. They read while waiting and while sliding or swinging; they read music and in Braille and the signs on the road. And, sometimes, they even read together, in a special fort they’ve built. The colorful, fanciful art and rollicking text will get every child more excited about reading!
“After a class of diverse students selects books at the library, peppy rhyming verse by Degman (Norbert’s Big Dream) and whimsical digital-and-watercolor illustrations by Tentler-Krylov (Read-Aloud Classics: Peter Pan) integrate the chosen titles’ settings and subjects into the children’s lives, underscoring the ease and joy with which readers are transported by books (‘Hooray! I know how to read on my own!’). A girl reading My Big Book of Animals affectionately pets a moose sticking its head into her subway car while a dazzling menagerie looks on; a reader floating in a swimming pool filled with sea creatures pores over Shark Facts. Also spotlighted are more realistic scenarios: a boy grocery shopping with an adult peruses The Kid Chef, and a guitar-toting kid flips through a songbook at a music store. Welcome inclusions are a girl reading a book in Braille as she flies on a magic carpet over an exotic city (‘I read with my fingers across bumpy lines’), pictured alongside a child communicating with a sibling in sign language (‘I read with my voice or my hands, using signs’). A chipper, colorful celebration of the limitless possibilities for what, where, and when one can read.” —Publishers Weekly

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Lori Degman is the author of 1 Zany Zoo (Simon & Schuster), Cock-a-Doodle Oops! (Creston Books), Norbert’s Big Dream (Sleeping Bear Press), and the upcoming Like a Girl (Sterling). Lori was a teacher of deaf and hard-of-hearing students and is now a full-time author.  She lives near Chicago, IL, with her husband, two grown sons (when they come to visit), and pets.
Victoria Tentler-Krylov grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and studied architecture and urban design at Cooper Union and Columbia University. Victoria's artwork has been published by Pink Giraffe Books in Russia and by Spider magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Flutter Magazine in the US. Her first book, a picture-book read-aloud of Peter Pan, was published by Quarto. She lives with her family just outside Boston, MA. Visit Victoria online at

Pub Date: 3/5/2019

ISBN: 9781454925729

Price: $16.95 / $22.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 32 pages, all in color

Trim: 10 x 10 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Juvenile / Picture Books

Age Range: 4 and up

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books

Carton Quantity: 30

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