You Read to Me & I'll Read to You: 20th Century Stories to Share

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A bright and irresistible invitation to reading, You Read to Me & I’ll Read to You will inspire a love of reading—and reading aloud—in children and parents alike.
Compiled by Janet Schulman, editor of the bestselling The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury, this anthology is full of stories from both renowned classic children’s book creators and dazzling newer voices in children’s literature. Each of the 26 selections features ...
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A bright and irresistible invitation to reading, You Read to Me & I’ll Read to You will inspire a love of reading—and reading aloud—in children and parents alike.
Compiled by Janet Schulman, editor of the bestselling The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury, this anthology is full of stories from both renowned classic children’s book creators and dazzling newer voices in children’s literature. Each of the 26 selections features original illustrations and complete text from such illustrious authors and artists as Maurice Sendak, James Marshall, Judy Blume, Ursula Le Guin, William Steig, and Roald Dahl.
From picture books to short novels, from the poignant to the magical to the just plain silly, these stories have been carefully chosen for broad appeal, accessibility, and high literary quality, making You Read to Me & I’ll Read to You a must-have book for all families who want to inspire their children to develop a lifelong love of reading.

A collection of stories by such authors as Maurice Sendak, Roald Dahl, and Astrid Lindgren.

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Editorial Reviews

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Following the success of The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury, editor Janet Schulman presents another amazing collection of stories for kids and parents. This sparkling anthology includes the works of admired authors such as Maurice Sendak, Roald Dahl, and Judy Blume, as well as Jeff Brown's Flat Stanley and Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.The mammoth mix of humorous tales and spellbinding stories makes this a great gift for young readers and perfect book for family read-alouds.
Publishers Weekly
A companion to Schulman's The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury, this hefty anthology also has ample treasures to share. Aimed at a slightly older child than that earlier work, this volume collects 26 of last century's most memorable picture books and early chapter books (or parts thereof) and represents the works of a sterling cast of authors and artists. In her introductory note, Schulman urges parents and others to share these tales with youngsters: "It is certainly true that most children continue to enjoy being read to long after they have mastered the skill themselves." The stories span the century, from 1936 (Edward Ardizzone's Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain) to 2000 (Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, illus. by E.B. Lewis), with a healthy portion of them hailing from the 1970s. Schulman balances the poignant (Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, illus. by Erik Blegvad) with the comical (Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs), the nonsensical (Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss) with the true-to-life (No One Is Going to Nashville by Mavis Jukes, illus. by Lloyd Bloom) and gems lesser known to today's readers such as Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, illus. by Tomi Ungerer. It's easy to imagine entire families losing themselves in these pages for hours. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Whereas Schulman's The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Celebrated Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud (Knopf, 1998) is for preschoolers, this compilation contains stories for parents "to share with children in the first few years of school, children who now can read." Based on the proven premise that those who are read to become better readers, the anthology offers tales with fewer illustrations and more words. Selections include humorous tales such as Flat Stanley, The Piggy in the Puddle, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as thoughtful tales, such as The Tenth Good Thing About Barney and Wilma Unlimited. It's interesting to note that the introduction suggests readers begin with Maurice Sendak's Pierre, which is actually the last story in the volume. That quibble aside, the treasury offers stories, or parts of them, written by kid-tested authors, including William Steig, Dr. Seuss, Louis Sachar, Judy Blume, and Florence Parry Heide. There is at least one illustration on almost every page by the original artist; it will help hold the interest of the youngest readers, though the chosen stories should do that without any trouble. A great choice for family or classroom sharing.- Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375810831
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2001
  • Series: Rhw Temp Holiday Book Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 709,643
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.03 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

JANET SCHULMAN worked in the children’s book industry for nearly fifty years. She was the head of children’s book marketing at Macmillan for thirteen years and, in 1978, began working at Random House, where she served as editor-in-chief of Random House and Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers and, from 1988 through 1994, as children’s book publisher. She wrote many acclaimed books for children and served on the board of directors and as chairperson of the Children’s Book Council.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2001

    Sharing the Love of Reading and Your Mutual Love!

    Reading to children is tremendously important in helping them develop an interest in reading, a competence to read better, and a closeness between the reader and listener. With beginning reading books, children often memorize the pages and ¿read¿ the material back. Gradually, the memory is connected to the specific letter combinations on the page and words are learned. For the adults, the retreat from reader to listener is often rapid during the years from ages 5-7. It is easy to forget that children love to be read to when they are older. With more difficult material, the same learning process applies. My daughter, for example, delighted in having an English teacher in 7th grade who read to the class every day. Even if you do decide to read to one another, what do you read? It is hard to take on 150 page youth books. Into this perceptual and content gap comes the very helpful You Read to Me & I¿ll Read to You. Having helped raise four children and being quite interested in reading to them . . . as well as being someone who often reviews children¿s books, I was humbled to realize that the very fine stories in this volume were mostly new to me. I wish this book had been published about 25 years ago so I could have read all of these stories with my children. Most of the stories are at a third grade reading level, so the reading to one another will make a lot of progress over time. Some of the material would be appealing to kindergartners, but the vocabulary for most of the stories would be past many first graders. My suggestion is that you read all of the stories, and think about which ones will be right for the child you will be listening to and reading to. There is no organization for helping you select the stories, other than a suggestion of beginning with Maurice Sendak¿s ¿Pierre.¿ If vocabulary is going to be a barrier for some stories, you might start working on explaining the unknown words by working them into everyday speech before reading the stories. Then, think about the strategy for sharing the reading. The first time you read the book together, you might explain that you are looking forward to having the book read to you in the future. Before the child can read whole sentences, you might let your child read whatever words she or he knows and you read the other words. As competence builds, you could alternate words, sentences, paragraphs or whatever is fun for both of you. A good discussion of which method to use, which story to choose, and how long to read can make the time together livelier. Notice that if you live at a distance or have to travel, you could acquire two books and share the reading over the telephone. One of the strengths of the selections comes in that there is a good representation of stories about both boys and girls. The original illustrations appear with the stories, which give them extra character for encouraging the right kind of emotion for reading aloud. My favorite stories in the book are ¿Wilma Unlimited¿ (about Wilma Rudolph overcoming challenges to become a track champion), ¿The Bears on Hemlock Mountain¿ (handling danger in the dark), ¿The Practical Princess¿ (turning a princess into a dragon slayer and brave heroine), 'The Tenth Good Thing About Barney' (dealing with the death of beloved pet) and ¿Flat Stanley¿ (about a boy who is temporary flattened and experiences a change in his life style). Other excellent stories are ¿Amos & Boris¿ (a whale and mouse pair who help each other somewhat like the lion and mouse do in the Aesop¿s Fables), ¿The Magic Finger¿ (Roald Dahl¿s fantasy about role reversals between hunters and the hunted), ¿Horton Hatches the Egg¿ (Dr. Seuss¿s classic story about faithfulness), ¿The Araboolies of Liberty Street¿ (challenging what ¿different¿ means), and ¿Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs¿ (a food fantasy). The only story in the collection that I disliked was ¿No Kiss for Mother.¿ If any of the stories are not your cup o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2001

    Highly recommend!

    I gave this book to my first-grade daughter for Christmas. She is just really starting to take off reading on her own, but still stuggles with bigger words. This was a great way to spend together time because we were able to read to each other. The stories aren't long and it made her feel like she realy accomplished something. The stories are fun to read. My only complaint - I wish there were more stories!!

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