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Book Buzz: Llama Llama Loves to Read

Llama Llama Loves to Read

Written by Anna Dewdney and Reed Duncan

Illustrated by JT Morrow

Ages 4-7, Viking

With school starting this month, Llama Llama Loves to Read would be a great book to consider for your youngster who is just starting their educational journey. This snappy little poem takes young Llama Llama through the basics of learning to read, write and the potential of doing it well.

From the beginning, the poem follows him from learning the alphabet to creating words and sentences. Before you know it, he is visiting the school library where he is recognizing words and their meaning. Soon, he is stringing words and sentences together to form a story that takes him on many literary adventures.

Closely following the artistic style of the late Anna Dewdney, author/illustrator of the wildly popular Llama Llama Red Pajamas, JT Morrow’s illustrations follow the story accurately. The colorful pages are expertly rendered with hilarious expressions depicting the learning process of the alphabet. A young reader will be able to easily follow the progression of the story throughout the book.

With so many activities going on with the beginning of the school year, Llama Llama Loves to Read can be a nice compliment to the school day’s activities when read at bedtime. Not only is the story a fun read aloud poem, a youngster who is just starting school will probably have similar experiences along with young Llama Llama as he or she recounts the day’s events. What an invitation for an on–the–ball parent to discuss school and the learning process.

About The Author

Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.” He has illustrated over seventy educational books and eleven children’s picture books, one that he authored. When he is not working on books in his studio in Jackson, Mississippi, he is presenting exciting school programs that inspire and astonish students. His programs, listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster, encourage them to be creative in their reading, writing and art. For additional information about Chuck , visit his website:

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