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I want to be a Reader!

From the creators of I Want to Be a Drummer! comes a new board book celebrating a major milestone: learning to read.

Let your little one be inspired by one boy’s confidence that someday, he will read a whole book. It will take a lot of hard work: learning the letters, turning the pages, saying the words. But that hard work will pay off—maybe sooner than he thinks! Dynamic illustrations add to this sweet story of a young boy and his desire to read, ending with a hopeful message to toddlers that someday, they can be readers, too!


"Compelling, brief narrative accompanied by brightly colored, descriptive illustrations draw the young board book reader into the story with ease... I Want to Be a Reader is meant to inspire early readers and to strengthen the bond between young readers and mature readers, and between all readers and books." - Midwest Book Review
"Comfortably cluttered illustrations give new readers and pre-readers lots of things to look at and look for, including the boy’s sassy pet cat who’s also learning to read." - The Horn Book, Spring 2017 Board Book Roundup
"A gentle way to encourage little ones to want to read." - Alice Toepel, Winnebego County Literacy Council (Oshkosh, WI)


2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Silver Medal

2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Silver Medal


Publication Information

List Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-936669-55-4
Publication Date: April 2017
Format: Board book
Dimensions: 5.5" x 5.5"
Page Count: 14
Ages: 0-3

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About the Author: 

Percussionist Mark Powers resides in Portland, Oregon and is often an Artist-in-Residence at schools around the country. Regularly found writing both text and musical notation, Mark focuses on literacy with his students and loves any opportunity to be a "reading buddy."

About the Illustrator: 

Maria Montag is an artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. Aside from painting, reading is one of her favorite activities. Maria has great memories of hours spent in the library picking the perfect story and staying up late with her sisters to read it together.