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3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  119 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
The little boy from The Best Place to Read can now read by himself, and he's looking for an audience. But everyone--his parents, siblings, grandparents, even his dog!--is too busy to hear a story in this fun and lively tale. When our young reader finally settles in to read to his toys, he gets a surprise visit and learns that the best time to read is whenever you have love ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Karen
Jan 30, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure about this book at first, although the illustrations were delightful from start to finish. The story itself ended well, however, so it went up in my estimation. The best time to read? All the time, of course. :)
Janette Fuller
Jan 12, 2012 Janette Fuller rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
"May I read to you?", asked the young boy.
A young reader is searching for someone to listen to him read aloud. Is there anyone in his family who will take time to listen?
"The Best Time to Read", by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom, is a rhyming picture book that will entertain and delight young readers.

This picture book features a young boy who is just learning to read. He has a book in his hand and goes to each member of his family asking them to listen to him read the book aloud.

Unfortunately,
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Jessica
Jan 12, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
In The Best Time to Read, a little boy goes to his mom, dad, brother, sister, baby sibling, grandparents, and even his dog to see if he can read them a story. But they're all too busy, so he finally settles in to read to his stuffed animals, and as he does, his family comes in to tease that they've been waiting for him to read to them! The entire book is one big rhyme, and it's just FILLED with cliches. His brother is too busy to read to him because he's on his computer, instant messages pinging ...more
Tam
Jul 03, 2011 Tam rated it really liked it
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Hope Mullinax
Mar 18, 2013 Hope Mullinax rated it it was amazing
No longer reading pictures, but real words, this little boy is so excited to share his reading with his fmaily. Often times children's reading is not fostered at home, and this book portrays what really happens when some kids attempt to read to their family. Everyone, even the dog, is too busy and doesn't have time to listen to the little boy read. I would like for every parent or caregiver who has a child enrolled in school read this book, or better yet, have their child read it to them. Either ...more
Kelly Triplett
A story about a young boy who is learning to read, but his family is too busy to listen to him. This may be a very relevant book for many young readers. It is a quick read and it ends positively with the family listening to the new reader. Perhaps it could be used to encourage young readers to practice their reading skills even when family members are not available to listen.
Niena Ramirez
Sep 27, 2016 Niena Ramirez rated it really liked it
Shelves: el230
I chose to read the book "The Best Time to Read" by Debbie Bertram due to the illustrations. The illustrator did a great job by using many colors and going along with the story line. I also enjoyed the end when all the family gathered together to listen to the boy read. I recommend having this book in a 2nd grade classroom.
Library
Oct 30, 2014 Library rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sharing stories is SO much fun especially when it is your new talent like the little boy in this story. He has a house full of people but everyone is busy. Nonetheless, family storytime is the end result which is encouraging for young readers. Garland's illustrations are adorably detailed - example: the boy is reading a book, Tick Tock, with a clock on the cover.
Ashley Greenfield
A story about a young boy who is learning to read, but his family is too busy to listen to him. It is a quick read and it ends positively with the family listening to the new reader. It could be used to encourage young readers to practice their reading skills even when family members are not available to listen.
Kalee Maneth
Sep 29, 2016 Kalee Maneth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el230
This is a funny little easy read when a child might need to pass some time. It's about a little boy that just wants or read to someone, but everyone is busy, so he goes upstairs. It is a great book for a young child, and could be a fun one to have in a young classroom library.
Dianna
May 11, 2011 Dianna rated it it was ok
This is one of the better rhyming texts I've read recently—everything actually fit with the meter and rhyme, and it made sense. I disliked the illustrations, though; they looked cheap and computer-generated. Also I didn't care all that much about the story.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
As far as I'm concerned, any time is the best time to read!
Michelle Nero
Oct 05, 2011 Michelle Nero rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
It's always the best time to read!
Jen
Aug 27, 2008 Jen rated it liked it
Another rhymey one, but this time it's about the celebration of graduating from picture books to reading on one's own. A great gift book, and another one for library/classroom collections.
Rosa
May 19, 2014 Rosa rated it liked it
This would be great for a pre-k class library visit. Nice rhyming scheme and bright colorful illustrations as well.
Jaime
Apr 06, 2012 Jaime rated it liked it
Love that these books encourage children to read!
Laura G
Oct 19, 2015 Laura G rated it liked it
A good read-aloud for establishing independent reading. Strong readers read every day. Everyone's busy so he reads to his stuffed animals; later, everyone wants to read with him!
Puja Patel
Apr 11, 2011 Puja Patel rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, rhyming
This book is a great read-aloud book. It can be read to children in their free time and shows lots of rhyming words.
Bethe
Sep 02, 2016 Bethe rated it liked it
fun companion in the Best to Read series - hoping the students will notice that the boy is older and reading to himself now in book #2.
Ruth Ann
Jun 26, 2010 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy
This book will be a great read aloud - contains rhyming text and vibrant pictures.
Nicole
Sep 26, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Touching little story that young children can relate to as they are first learning to read. Lots of rhyming and just a sweet story.
Anne
Jul 10, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-a
Loved It !!! :)
Beverly
Feb 10, 2013 Beverly rated it liked it
cute digital pictures
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Feb 13, 2012 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A young boy wants to read to his family but everyone is busy. When is the best time to read?

Good book to share with beginning readers.

abbie
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Kim
Feb 19, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy sentences, rhyming text, nice illustrations.

themes: family, reading
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