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How to Hatch a Reader by Kari Ann Gonzalez & Rachel Suzanne

How to Hatch a Reader takes an amusing look at learning to read with an unusual cast of characters – chickens!

The Story: Down on the farm a little girl’s chickens are begging for books so she helps them learn to read. Her method involves pointing out common words, labelling things and giving the chickens interesting books. But while they’re learning to read Fox is on the prowl…

Chickens as main characters add an original twist to the process of learning to read. The puns in the text made us laugh (FOWL language, EGG-cellent) and we love the way that they learn to read with words written in seeds on the farmyard. There’s a dance party and a play to celebrate and cement their learning and also a sub story involving Fox.

Rachel Suzanne’s fabulous illustrations give us a wonderful sense of life on the farm. We love picture books in which the main characters aren’t aware of other events unfolding in the background and it’s fun for the reader to spot where Fox is hiding in each picture and watch what s/he is doing while the unsuspecting chickens have their beaks in books. Fox’s antics aren’t mentioned in the text, his/her story is told through the illustrations and resolved in a brilliant twist at the end.

How to Hatch a Reader is a fabulous book to read in an Early Years classroom. The story helps to show children that the process of learning to read is similar whether you are a child or a chicken and can stimulate discussion about an individual child’s reading progress.

Age range: 3 +

Author: Kari Ann Gonzalez / Illustrator: Rachel Suzanne

Thank you to Netgalley and Gnome Road Publishing for the review copy of this fun story which will be published on August 15th. You can find learning resources and How to Hatch a Reader activities on the Gnome Road Publishing website.

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14 responses to “How to Hatch a Reader by Kari Ann Gonzalez & Rachel Suzanne”

  1. Jo Linsdell avatar

    This book looks like so much fun! Great topic for little ones too.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really fun way of showing elements of learning to read 🙂

  2. Laura @ Our Grand Lives avatar

    As a retired kindergarten teacher, I love to see books that encourage and celebrate learning to read! Can’t wait to check this one out! Thanks!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s just been published. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  3. RaisieBay avatar

    A great book with lovely illustrations. I was always looking for new ways to teach my children to read.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I find the idea of chickens learning to read hilarious!

  4. Kim Carberry avatar

    This sounds like a really fun book and perfect for little ones. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      The idea of chickens learning to read really made me laugh!

  5. Carol avatar

    What a cute story. I fell in love with reading at an early age and have never lost it. I love the additional plot of fox in the illustrations too. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      I taught myself to read before I went to school and can’t imagine a life without books and reading!

  6. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    I have great ‘eggs-pectations’ for this wonderful book! And the illustrations are just ‘im-peck-able’. Lovely read. 😊

    1. Catherine avatar

      Ha ha! Your ‘eggcellent’ comment made me laugh!

  7. Amila avatar

    Seems like interesting book, and the book effectively demonstrates to children that the journey of learning to read shares similarities between being a child and hatching from an egg like a chicken. Love to read this with son.
    Thanks for this sharing. Have a great weak!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s brilliant the way that the chickens learn just like a child – they make learning to read look fun 🙂