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Just Read! by Lori Degman & Victoria Tentler-Krylov

Books celebrating reading are always a huge hit in our house and we love the way that Just Read!’s bouncy rhyming text introduces children to the joys of reading – anything and everywhere! This beautifully illustrated book is perfect for voracious little bookworms and is a delight to read out loud.

Just Read! introduces us to children who are reading about a wide range of characters including clowns, knights and various animals. It also recognises that it is not only stories that we read but also non fiction, newspapers, signs, song books, comics and e-books. It gives so many wonderful examples of places you can read – in the playground, after sweeping leaves in the garden, in the city or in the country.

The diverse range of characters and cultures means that this is a book which represents everybody including children who read Braille and children who sign. But it isn’t just children reading, there are adults reading too, several of them are reading e-books.

The characters and the places that the children are reading about also come alive in the illustrations – storybook characters, animals and entertainers crowd the pages – bears look through train windows and tigers join children in the park. Characters are shown reading in a variety of places including the barber’s shop, a music shop and on the swings.

Victoria Tentler-Krylov’s illustrations are beautiful, busy and full of booky details to pore over. We love this illustration showing children choosing books and reading.

Although not named we follow the children throughout the book as they read in different places before coming together at the end. It is fun to spot them as we turn the pages and we absolutely love the location of their bookclub on the final spread.

The endpapers of the book are particularly gorgeous with the children taking part in a parade to share their message to ‘Just Read!’. It’s also great to see the inclusion of a Little Free Library which encourages us to ‘Take a book, leave a book!’

Just Read! is a fabulous celebration of books and reading, it’s a great book to show children how much fun reading can be. Despite having tablets and e-readers I still love the feel of a real book in my hands but what works for me may not work for you.

That’s the beauty of Just Read! – it conveys a joy of reading in all forms 🙂

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Lori Degman / Illustrator: Victoria Tentler-Krylov


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14 responses to “Just Read! by Lori Degman & Victoria Tentler-Krylov”


  1. mumjd avatar

    What a great idea for the theme of this book. So clever and beautifully illustrated too #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      Lori writes great rhyme and the illustrations are fabulous!


  2. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) avatar

    Aaaa what a great book to start instilling a love of reading with little ones! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is, it’s full of reading joy 🙂


  3. stickymudandbellylaughs avatar
    stickymudandbellylaughs

    What a lovely idea for a story book. Reading is fun and this book reflects that perfectly. I love the illustrations too! 🙂 #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a wonderful portrayal of the joy of reading and Victoria Tentler- Krylov’s illustrations are absolutely gorgeous 🙂


  4. Kim Carberry avatar

    This sounds like a really fun book for little ones.
    The illustrations are fab x #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      I love the illustrations, they match the rhyme perfectly 🙂


  5. sarahmo3w avatar
    sarahmo3w

    This sounds lovely. It would be a great one for my nephew. I’m pleased to say that my niece and nephews really like books at the moment, like my own kids did at their age. Sadly my own kids hardly read at all now they’re teenagers.


    1. Catherine avatar

      What a shame your teenagers hardly read now – hopefully that will change with time 🙂


  6. Carol avatar

    I do love the illustrations – great one! #MMBC


    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      They’re gorgeous aren’t they – so full of detail 🙂


  7. Lori Degman avatar
    Lori Degman

    Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Catherine!! One of the things I love most about Victoria’s illustrations is the details – I see something new every time I read it!


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re very welcome Lori! Victoria’s illustrations are amazing, you’re very lucky that she illustrated your fabulous book 🙂

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