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

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Here's a book with something new - you read to me! I'll read to you! We'll read each page to one another - you'll read one side, I the other. A unique book 'in two voices' that uses traditional reading teaching techniques (alliteration, rhyme, repetition, short sentences) to invite young children to read along with an adult. Each of the twelve short stories fit on one spre ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 5th 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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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
L12 _Lisa
This unique book consists of short stories set up on a page like miniature plays with each voice having its only color. The “ two voices” uses traditional techniques of rhyme, rhythm and repetition. The dozen stories in the book are original, fresh, and funny. Each is short, rhythmic, and rhyming. Topics include: mice, cats, dogs, bears, snakes, snowmen, friendship, hats, and more.
Michael Emberley's illustrations, done in pen, watercolor, and dry pastel, perfectly compliment and enrich the text
Lucila Perez
The book you read to me I'll read to you is a book that is inviting children to read with the person whoever is reading the book to them. This book is suitable for young children because children enjoy reading along with the teacher, parent or whoever is reading the book to them. The book presents the tall tales of Annie Oakley, Davy Crockett, John Henry, Slue-Foot Sue, Mike Fink, Casey Jones, Don-Jose Love-mad Lopez, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan and many more in rhymes. The rhymes are meant fo ...more
Ruth Ann
Hoberman was motivated to write this book by her work with Literacy Volunteers of America. It is the perfect buddy read book, that contains a many characteristics of supportive text for beginning readers (rhyme, rhythm, repetition, and entertaining picture clues. My favorite selection entitled "I Like" reminds me of my daughter and myself. Though we are different in so many ways, we agree that books and reading are oh so FUN!
we read the heck out of this book. It is funny and cute. they say it's good to read lots of rhyming books to your child and this was the perfect book for that! the only thing I would say is that it's kind of long for a kid's book, so you may want to divide it into sections with your child so you're not expected to read the whole thing over & over again (but that's just me).
Jennifer Bollinger
rate: 4

Review: the book you read to me I'll read to you is a neat book because it is a book that is inviting children to read with the person whoever is reading the book to them. This book is suitable for young children because children enjoy reading along with the teacher, parent or whoever is reading the book to them. There are many poems that you will see throughout the book that teach children.

Poem: The Two mice

I see a mouse
I see one, too
We see tow mice.
What shall we do?
Let's give them name
The book presents the tall tales of Annie Oakley, Davy Crockett, John Henry, Slue-Foot Sue, Mike Fink, Casey Jones, Don-Jose Love-mad Lopez, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan and many more in rhymes. The rhymes are meant for two voices, each portion indicated in different color. The rhymes present great opportunities for young students to practice early reading theatre activities, and even put up plays based on these rhymes. The characters presented are of various nationalities that settled the Unit ...more
NY, Little, Brown, and Company, 2001
This interactive rhyming book is great for motivating even reluctant readers. To be used as a shared reading book, it lends itself to many uses in the elementary classroom. For teacher to student sharing it could be used for assessing reading skills and reading strategies-- and for building a connection between student and teacher. For student to student sharing it would be a nice option for buddy reading. It would be a great suggestion to offer parents to rea
Haily Kokinakis
This little book is so much fun to read. I read it in my children's literature class with the person next to me and we had so much fun. every time I see one of these books I grab it and quickly grab somebody to read it with me. These books are great little buddy books and would be great in the classroom. They are easy enough to read that even younger children just learning to read could read it with the help of an adult. this book makes me laugh and smile with looking at the cute little picture ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Tc rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
This book of poems is a terrific introduction into poetry for new readers. The great thing about this book is that it is meant to be read by 2 or more people taking turns. So, my children and I would sit together and read the stories together. It is a great way for children to practice their reading, as the rhyming helps with figuring out the words they may not know. It also builds confidence with reading aloud, and it is a great way to encourage a joy of reading while spending quality time toge ...more
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You is a children's poetry book for primary aged children. This book is written as a conversation between two people. The shape of the poems goes along with each person alternates lines and then say some together, it is color coordinated according to which person says which line. The theme is two people taking turns reading to each other hence the title. The language used is simple and easy to understand. All of the poems are verses. I gave You Read to Me, I'll Read ...more
Leah Robinson
You read to me I’ll read to you is a really great poetry book for kids. Personally as a kid I never enjoyed poetry, I guess I always thought there was too much thought that went into it, plus we never really had it introduced to us until third/ fourth grade.
However I really enjoyed this poetry book for kids. The thing I loved most about it was that it was interactive. With each poem there were alternating stanzas in font colors or blue and pink; so essentially someone would read the blue and th
Plot Summary:
A set of rhyming poems meant to be read by two people (the text is color coded by what each person reads; if they read together, it’s a third color). Each poem tells a sort of short story between the two characters. The poem-stories are not connected in content, so they could be read individually.
Personal Evaluation:
I love the simple text that would make younger children feel big because they would be able to read it. I also love the concept of two friends, or a parent and child, re
Summary:Two voices are needed to read this book. It includes 13 short, rhyme poetry, stories that are very cute and each very different. Since it takes two readers, it is very interactive and engaging.
Curriculum Connection:Alliteration, Rhyme Poetry, Repetition, and Short Sentences
Reaction:The rhymes were very cute -my favorite one was "The Puppy." I would suggest that the rhymes are read at different times (not all at once). In my opinion, it wasn't the best book I've read with poetry or rhyme
Kendra Hurst
These types of picture books are really neat to me. I think it is so important for children to love reading and I feel as though this is a good start in achieving that goal. To this day I do not enjoy reading books and I think if I would have been able to read with someone else to start sparking my interest that it would have helped a lot. I also enjoyed the artwork in this book and thought it was very cute. Good book, and a great way to get kids to read more!
Katie Fitzgerald
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 ...more
This is very much like Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices which my son and I enjoyed (and perhaps prefer). This one is a little easier to read and understand. Very fun to read with your beginning reader.
This is a book of poems for reading together—good poems, unlike so much of the drivel out there that is written for children. The text is in three colors—one for each person, and another color for reading together.

My five-year-old was interested in the poems, and the illustrations delighted him (although I have to say they were not my cup of tea). He read these poems so much more easily than reading on his own—often I would read a harder word first, and then when he encountered it, he would hav
Feb 02, 2014 Relyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: I love Mary Ann Hoberman.
Each year I have a HUGE poetry unit that includes a poetry scavenger hunt. I use at least 50 poetry books, and try to get them in all types and styles. This book and others in her series are in constant use all month long.
Yahira Romero
I loved reading this book. The book was filled with poetry and it all went together. Every page was about a cats and three mice. I would recommend reading this book.
Lauren Owens
A beautifully written book that condenses age-old tales and divides the reading into parts for 2 people. This would be a great book to put out for students to read during reading centers with a friend to practice reading aloud, acting, intonation, and taking turns. Also, reading rhyming books aloud is extremely beneficial for understanding how word families work together to create fun, interactive stories. I love how the lines are each person are separated to one side of the page in a different ...more
Bailee May
This was a really cute book! It gets two people involved when reading the book. It helps the child feel more included when reading a book.
I love the idea of reading back and forth, but I wish it was more for parent/child or teacher/child. It felt like any 2 people could have read it and it would be the same. I also didn't feel like it was a good representation of the fairy tales.
Morgan Bradshaw
I thought this book was very cute, and it taught good concepts that would be easy for the teacher to teach the students.
Mary Ann
While the concept is good, I think this book is a little too visually cumbersome for children just learning to read. There are as many as 20 sentences on some pages, which might make brand new readers balk, despite the fact that half of the sentences are read by a grown-up (or more advanced reader). The watercolor and drawing illustrations by Michael Emberly are cute, but the sentences interspersed with the pictures do not leave enough blank space on the page to give a new reader a solid comfort ...more
Brittany Davis
I came across a book called You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman and Illustrated by Michael Emberley. I really liked this book because it was a book of 15 short stories that are written so the child reads one side of the text, the parent reads the other, and both read the middle. I do not necessarily imagine this book in the classroom, although it could be, but I see it more between a child and parent at home reading together. I really love how this book promotes family time and ...more
Angie Rabago
Super fun! It makes it fun to read with a partner. The little dialogues are funny and interesting.
Ms Threlkeld
The format of these poems is so darn clever! I can't wait to read/perform some for my students.
(NS) - Heather Hayman
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You is definitely worth a look. The book is actucally created for two voices, and the text is literally divided into three columns. One reader is supposed to read the passages on the left, the second reader should read the right hand passages, and both readers are expected to tackle the text in the middle. The twelve stories in this book aimed for primary readers are very original with a rythmic tone. The topics included are simple and fun. It is a perfect text for b ...more
I thought this was a really fun collection of stories perfect for a readers theater. The pictures that accompanied the text were colorful and so cute! I especially loved how the author ended almost all of the stories with, "You read to me, I'll read to you."
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Work with her local Connecticut chapter of the Literacy Volunteers of America inspired her to create this series of books to encourage reading. She enjoys reading with her grandchildren.
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