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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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Mar 12, 2013 Tatiana rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-poetry
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
Susan Barton
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 bo
L12 _Lisa
Mar 13, 2012 L12 _Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
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
Danielle Rapoli
Jan 17, 2016 Danielle Rapoli added it
Shelves: poetry
Summary/Review: The book contains short little stories presented in a poetry format. The most interesting feature would be how the poems are meant for two voices. Reading it by yourself is nowhere near as fun than it would be reading with a friend. Switching off voices and reading the pats keep the poem flowing and makes it much more amusing. Uses in classroom: 1. Introduction to poetry 2.Students can pair up with another student and develop their own poems meant for two voices. 3. For more of a ...more
Ashley P.
May 08, 2015 Ashley P. rated it it was amazing
My eight year old absolutely LOVED all of the books in this series. She even made me drag them out night after night because she said she didn't want to finish them too soon.
Each story is color coded with three different colors. One for you to read, one for your child and one for both of you together. The sections were also separate, each of the two main colors on the left and right and the joint color in the middle so even if you aren't good at differentiating between your colors you can still
Apr 05, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
This book has been around for a little while yet it has not lost its delight to new generations of young readers. I tutor primary-aged children in reading and math. For those struggling with reading, this book helps to bring reading to a fun level, encouraging those children to read and be a part of a team of readers. I, the tutor, read part and the child reads the other part. The sentences are colored so that one chooses to read the purple and the other gets the red. Both then read the blue tog ...more
Lucila Perez
Dec 06, 2014 Lucila Perez rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 28, 2010 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fiction
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!
Sep 14, 2010 Jen rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 21, 2014 Rani rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb-fiction
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
Mar 08, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slib-520
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You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together Paperback – April 5, 2006
by Mary Ann Hoberman (Author), Michael Emberley (Illustrator)

I enjoyed reading this book with my children. There are 12 short stories for 2 people to read together. There are 3 colors: one for each person and one color for both people to read together. Stories are about friendship, the weather, pets, and other kid friendly topics. Stories are easy to read and some are written in rhyme
Nov 22, 2014 Eugenie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edu-511
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
Mar 14, 2014 Haily Kokinakis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march
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
Jan 24, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theater
I absolutely love all of the books in the You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series. As an adult it is fun to read a book with child who is excited about reading together and these books are written in such a unique and fun way that you don't do the static "I will read a page and then you read a page" bit. With these books the readers actually are thrown into the story together and without on of the readers, it simply doesn't work. As a child, I loved reading these books as well because i was able ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Tc rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2011 Toneeshia rated it it was ok
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
Feb 19, 2013 Leah Robinson rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
Jul 25, 2012 Holly rated it it was amazing
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
Madie Marie
Mar 14, 2016 Madie Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-to-read
Easy- to- Read book number 1: I didn't know that these kind of books were even printed. I think this is a neat concept to use in the classroom to allow students to work on their out loud reading. The rhyming adds to fluency. I thought it was a fun book! In the section that I read with my partner, it was about two people who were talking over the phone about homework they had done and decided they would read their chapter book for school together. "You read to me and I'll read to you"
Alex Wulfekuhle
Mar 14, 2016 Alex Wulfekuhle rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I think that this book was very interesting to say the least. With this book, readers are able to show and practice their emotion and voice tone throughout the story, and show their practice of rhyming. This is a great picture book, and allows readers to also being able to act out the actions and sounds, or to produce more in depth lessons in the classroom. This is also includes several short stories that could be helped throughout partnering students in the classroom.
Carissa Gelinas
Easy to Read #1
This book is very simple to read. There isn't a wide vocabulary involved. It can be used for beginning readers and to get students involved. The stories throughout are very cute, funny and fun to read. Taking turns reading and reading parts together is a good way to keep students paying attention. It is also good for students to work together on reading out loud, which can be a difficult task, especially for a younger kid just beginning to read.
Sep 18, 2013 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: tled-642
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
Lindsay Gilbert
Jan 26, 2015 Lindsay Gilbert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
I loved this book. It was so fun to read with a partner and the stories were very cute. I would love to have these books in my classroom, it gives a different spin to reading and partner reading. I think it would be good for the upper elementary grade students just because they would understand the concept a little bit better and I would also advise to pair the students up who are at the same reading level to make it more fun and enjoyable.
Loryn Tindall
Jan 22, 2015 Loryn Tindall rated it really liked it
Shelves: theater
This cute book would be great for children just learing to read that love having others read to them. It provides dialogue between two people, where each person gets to finish the other's sentance and they also have moments to read together. Young children would love it. It would also be great throwing in actions with the story. Older kids might find it a bit boring if there is nothing else to go with it though. A skit would be perfect.
Lauren Sharp
Picture Book 2

This book was fun! I think I would use this book as a play as a fluency assignment so the students could practice reading out loud to each other. They could use it as performance practice as well. This book could also be easy to incorporate into poetry as well. Students could learn about rhyming and practice their poetry writing with this book as an example.
A fun little read together book that Rebekah and I read this morning. Rebekah enjoyed it, but not as much as the books we read at night. We've had this for a long time, and it was nice to read it again on a lazy morning. It takes two people to read it, taking turns reading the rhyming portions and occasionally reading together. There are several short, silly stories in the book.
Brooklyn Schamens
Picture book 1:
I enjoyed this book, I thought it was very unique compared to other books that I have read. I like how there was numerous short stories of different topics. I will use this book in the future in my classroom. I think it will really get the students involved and have them work on useful skills such as reading aloud and fluency.
Kendra Hurst
Mar 31, 2014 Kendra Hurst rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march
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
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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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