You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-04-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 118 user ratings

"In the tradition of Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman, but with simpler words for early readers, this is a collection of poems meant to be shared between a child and an adult. The color-coded text indicates when the readers speak separately, and when they read in unison, and the short poems discuss many childhood concepts, while also introducing rhyme, rhythm, meter, and repetition. Michael Emberley's illustrations portray warmth, coziness, and humor , and they provide visual cues that enhance what is described in each poem.

The refrain, "You read to me, I'll read to you," is repeated throughout this book, which keeps the theme running through every page. Some of the poems themselves include silly concepts (a snake named Jill or a snoring bear, for example), while others focus on conversation, including a telephone call, and a meeting between two new friends. The repetition of the reading theme wore on me after a while, but the concept is wonderful, and has luckily been expanded into a series which includes You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together, You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together, and You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together.

Here are just a couple of my favorite snippets from the book. I tried to maintain the color scheme for the different speaking parts as best I could, but the format would be difficult to replicate here. I especially love the way each poem sounds like conversations actual children have in their day-to-day lives. The writing here seems simple, but there is a lot going on!

From "New Friends"

Well, let's be friends.
I'd like that fine.
Now you're my friend.
And you are mine.
Do you know how to read?
Do you?
I asked you first.
I can.
Me too.
Well, if we both can read,
let's do!
You read to me!
I'll read to you!

From "I Like"

I like butter
I like jam
I like turkey.
I like ham.
I like rivers.
I like lakes.
I like cookies.
And I like cakes.
I like yellow.
I like blue.
I like pizza.
I like stew.
I like summer.
I like spring.
We don't agree
On anything!

I really recommend this book to families with new readers. It would be especially neat to buy this book for a pair of siblings, where one is a strong reader and the other is just starting out. For another great book edited by Mary Ann Hoberman, and including much of her poetry, also check out The Tree That Time Built.
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" Not as good as the other one, but enjoyable. I hope to enjoy both more when my son is older. " said.

" Interactive book about reading. " said.

" Summary/Classroom Integration: This read-together book features short stories about friends, animals and being together (perhaps reading!). The author notes that she was inspired to create this format during her work with the Literacy Volunteers of America because it requires pairs of readers. I would use this in my class during paired readings (perhaps with upper grade mentor programs), introducing poetry in various formats, or encouraging a home-component.AR: LG, BL 1.9, AR Quiz #79894 " said.

"In "You Read to Me, I'll Read o You: Very Short Stories to Read Together", you're immediately drawn into the book as you quickly figure out that you need two people to read the book consecutively, at the same time. The book goes through multiple mini stories and takes you through many different journeys which also elaborates on the characters two personalities, each standing out on their own. Each story had illustrations that went with each stanza of the story to add on to keep the readers interest. The book is very interactive with both readers throughout.
In my opinion, this is a very good book to read with kids because it keeps them intrigued and excited to read each mini story inside of the short story. A large reason why I was attracted to this book is because I could tell it was apart of a series, therefore I knew I could continue enjoy more books of the same nature.
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"I’m a huge advocate for reading to children and any book that encourages this gets an A+ in my opinion. The author clearly agrees with me and goes one step further. She’s written a book that’s designed to be co-read by an adult and a youngster.

The stories in this book are entertaining, humorous and educational. For example, “The Dime” tells the story of one pig who loses his dime and the friend who just so happens to find a dime. They realize it’s the same coin, so they split it up and buy a book to share. So, in just this one story alone the author has managed to address honesty, sharing, problem solving and math. Brilliant! All of the stories in “Very Short Stories to Read Together” are equally as good as “The Dime”.

The illustrations are adorable and aren’t only there for accompaniment. They contribute to each tale and at times tell a story all their own. They’re colorful and whimsical, and are sure to delight even the youngest child.

I would highly recommend getting a copy of this book and adding it to your child’s book collection. Wonderful!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton for received this book as part of a book blogger sponsored giveaway.
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"Following the lead of John Ciardi, You Read to Me, I'll Read to You lends itself to shared reading opportunities between students, parents and children, teacher and students, etc. It is a collection of poems in two or three voices that encourage performance reading without pressure; if you read to me, I'll read to you. Plus, the poems are seriously cute!

The second grade students in my cooperating classroom do something very similar to this as one of their literacy centers everyday. They enjoy it, and they don't even realize that they are increasing their fluency with each reading. I love learning via sneakiness.
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" We have finally made it through the entire "you read to me, I'll read to you" series. Neo likes the banter between all the rhymes, though he is still a spectator for the next little while. These short rhyme stories are perfect for an early afternoon before the next weekend adventure. " said.

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