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How to Read a Story: (Illustrated Children's Book, Picture Book for Kids, Read Aloud Kindergarten Books) by [Kate Messner, Mark Siegel]

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K-Gr 2—In 10 easy steps, each one expanded upon, this metafictive tale offers its young audience a primer not merely on how to read, but on how to read a picture book aloud and enjoy it. Beginning with Step 1, "Find a Story," the book guides a mop-haired kid and his whimsically blue dog through all the necessary stages by using a story within a story called "The Princess, the Dragon, and the Robot." Other steps include finding a friend to read to, getting comfortable, reading with expression, showing the pictures, sounding out unfamiliar words, and using pictures for clues—all wonderfully useful advice for new readers. Siegel's bright cartoonish illustrations in watercolor and ink lighten the mostly practical text with a few funny moments—the boy stuck in the chair with the dog, the princess taking the dragon for a walk. A nice departure from the typical focus on silent personal reading that educates without being overly didactic. VERDICT This title works for classroom discussions or sharing with a buddy, just as the book suggests.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kate Messner is a middle school teacher and award-winning author. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family.

Mark Siegel is the author and illustrator of several acclaimed books for children and adults.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00PMUG4NU
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books LLC; Illustrated edition (May 5, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 5, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3705 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
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Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. Her titles include award-winning picture books like Over and Under the Rainforest, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, The Next President, and How to Read a Story; novels that tackle real-world issues like Chirp, Breakout, All the Answers, and The Seventh Wish; high-interest nonfiction like Tracking Pythons and the History Smashers series; the Fergus and Zeke easy readers; and the popular Ranger in Time chapter books about a time-traveling search and rescue dog.

Kate’s titles are frequently selected for One School, One Book and One School/One Author programs and other community-wide reads. Her books have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. Her novel The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. won the E.B. White Read Aloud Medal, and her science picture books have been finalists for the American Academy for the Advancement of Sciences/Subaru SB&F prize for excellence in science writing. In 2020, Kate was honored with New York’s Knickerbocker Award for creating a superior body of work supporting curriculum and educational goals.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Kate was a TV news reporter as well as a National Board Certified educator. She grew up in Medina, NY and graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Kate spent seven years working as a television news producer and reporter in Syracuse, NY and Burlington, VT before going back to school to earn a master’s degree in education for secondary-level English Language Arts. She taught middle school language arts for fifteen years before leaving the classroom to write full time but still spends much of her time in schools, working with kids as a visiting author.

Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and is trying to summit all 46 Adirondack High Peaks in between book deadlines. Learn more at her website: www.katemessner.com and follow her on Twitter @katemessner.

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