Read Anything Good Lately?

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

“A child’s question prompts another’s alphabetic reveries in this invitation to consider the many things and places to read: an atlas at the airport, a biography in bed. . . . In page-sized cartoons, Enright follows her smiling young bookworm from place to place, showing her reading alone and with company; indoors and out, up a tree, even in a Jacuzzi. Serving as a reminder to parents too, that reading opportunities are all around, this presents an engaging literary game likely to continue well beyond one pass through the ABCs.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2003
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2003-08-01
Text Type Informational Fiction
Dewey 028'.9
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.875 x 10
Guided Reading Level M
Features Reviewed

Author: Susan Allen

Author: Jane Lindaman

After a childhood of frigid winters in Reinbeck, Iowa, Jane Lindaman moved to Phoenix, Arizona. With a degree from ASU, she began a 24-year career in elementary special education. After 32 years of desert summers, Jane retired to Springfield, Oregon. Now she gets to spend her time reading, gardening, hiking, and volunteering. Jane and Bette, her golden retriever, are a pet partner team, which means that first graders at Camp Creek Elementary School get to read to her and "Alpha" Bette. Jane also volunteers at the Youth Farm, so named not for the promise of youthfulness, but for the at-risk youth that are hired to learn about organic farming. Harvested crops are distributed to local food banks. Lastly, Jane now also has more time for writing!

Illustrator: Vicky Enright

Vicky Enright has illustrated a number of highly successful Kathy Ross craft titles. Enright lives in Andover, Massachusetts, with her husband, two children, and a big, brown dog that has a habit of popping up in her books.



“Young bibliophiles will increase their literacy with this creative take n alphabet books: from A to Z, different types of reading material are linked to places where they can be enjoyed: ‘an atlas at the airport,’ ‘a biography in bed,’ and so on. As is often the case in alphabet books, the most challenging letters are a bit of a stretch (‘whatever in the waiting room’; ‘x rays in the examination room,’), but not inappropriate. The range of reading material mentioned is impressive (‘gossip in the grocery line’), but even perusing the tabloids is reading, after all. The illustrations are cheerful, colorful, and busy with lots to look at, and the letter in question is colored red in the text and helpfully included in a frame in the upper-left corner of the page. Suggestions for more pairings close the book, giving it some curricular value.”

Library Media Connection

“This clever alphabet book follows a family as they encounter opportunities to read. Various resources and genres are introduced as family members read ‘an atlas at the airport,’ ‘a biography in bed,’ and ‘comic books around the campfire.’ Enright uses speech bubbles to provide a close up of the information found in each source. A map of Scandinavia appears in the atlas, and pictures and a paragraph about Harriet Tubman are shown as an excerpt from the biography. Teachers and librarians will find this book a great read-aloud to introduce resources at the beginning of the year or as a review at the end of the year. Both authors have been teachers and Susan Allen was also a librarian. Their expertise with books and children is evident in this book. Recommended.”
Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“From ‘an atlas at the airport’ to ‘a yoga book in the yard’ and ‘the zodiac at the zoo,’ a little girl moves playfully along through biography, comics, dictionary, encyclopedia, magazine, poetry, quotations, recipes, and a variety of genres. Reading the ‘gossip in the grocery line,’ ‘updates under an umbrella,’ and ‘whatever in the waiting room’ are somewhat looser variations on the theme, but still acceptable. While relevant, choosing ‘literature at the library’ might perpetuate a stuffy stereotype were it not for the pleasant cartoon illustration of a bean-bag chair, colorful shelves of books, and two little girls – one reading, the other enjoying an active pet rodent. The bespectacled, voracious young reader is supported by a loving family, complete with a little brother, cat, and dog, as well as ethnically diverse friends. The pages have white margins for text, balloon inserts are included in the art that gives glimpses of characters reading in the featured settings. The final page offers 11 more ‘kinds of reading’ in search of a place. This book has more value as a catalyst than an alphabet book or enjoyable story. Though the text lends itself to reading aloud, the illustrations deserve more time. A pleasant addition but not an essential purchase.”
School Library Journal