Kid Lit Review of “How to Read a Book” by Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander, the recipient of many awards and honors and the author of 32 books, many of which have also won awards, wrote the poem that forms the narrative of this book. It is a testament to the joy and power of reading.

He advises readers to “get real cozy between the covers and let your fingers wonder as they wander…” He suggests they “squeeze every morsel of each plump line until the last drop of magic drips from the infinite sky….”

“Don’t rush through,” he admonishes: “Your eyes need time to taste. Your soul needs room to bloom.”

Melissa Sweet adds a creative mix of collage and watercolor illustrations which include neon colors. She writes in a note at the end of the book that she was inspired by a warn-out copy of the beloved children’s book Bambi as well as a poem about poetry by Nikki Giovanni. Intermittent gatefolds mimic the surprises awaiting readers as they delve into books.

Evaluation: The combination of Alexander’s evocative poetry and Sweet’s playful and detailed artwork provides a treat for both the eyes and ears. Readers (age 4 and up) will find much to discover on every page, and will want to go through the book over and over.

Rating: 4/5

Published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2019

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3 Responses to Kid Lit Review of “How to Read a Book” by Kwame Alexander

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    I love all things Kwame Alexander! The illustrations in this book look fabulous and the poem sounds delightful.

  2. stacybuckeye says:

    I think I need this one for myself!

  3. Mae Sander says:

    The excerpted pages look wonderfully creative and artistic!

    best… mae at

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