How to Read a Book

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—a

black tupelo or

dawn redwood will do—and

plant yourself.

(It’s okay if you prefer a stoop, like Langston Hughes.)


With these words, an adventure begins. Kwame Alexander’s evocative poetry and Melissa Sweet’s lush artwork come together to take readers on a sensory journey between the pages of a book.

Title:How to Read a Book
Edition Language:English
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    How to Read a Book Reviews

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Laura Harrison

    I am in awe of How to Read a Book! The gorgeous cover art draws you in and the text wow's you! Melissa Sweet is one of the very best picture book illustrator's of our time. She has topped herself with...

  • Mary Lee

    Wow. Melissa Sweet pulled out all the stops on this one. Hidden Nikki Grimes quote in the spread between the title page and the dedication page, before Kwame's poem begins (took me about four reads to...

  • Ben Truong

    How to Read a Book is a children's picture book written Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, which is a wonderful ode to reading.Alexander's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, an...

  • 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 s...

  • Mrs. Krajewski

    Wow! Gorgeous illustrations and words! Melissa Sweet and Kwame Alexander are a great combo! ...

  • Rita

    Loved the vibrant illustrations and of course the beautiful words celebrating reading!...

  • 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....

  • Jillian Heise

    This one would likely not make a good read aloud because of how busy the pages are and how the words are illustrated making it harder to read. As a lap story, it would be good, and has a beautiful way...