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Children's LiteratureBrilliant photographs accompany short verses about the wonders of reading as a spark to the imagination: "Inside the library / lost in a book / putting out fires / rescuing people." Maya Angelou's foreword tells us "reading is the river / to your liberty . . . let the river run / learn / learn to read." We see African-American children reading with mom, with dad, with grandpa, and curled up alone in bed. Like the refrain in a poem, four children in primary color shirts appear and reappear at intriguing angles throughout the pages. Everyone in the book is obviously excited about reading, which is the precisely the point of the Read and Rise literacy initiative by Scholastic and the National Urban League. 2006, Scholastic, Ages 3 to 6.