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A charming celebration of a snowy, book-y, day.
— Kirkus

The Reader

written by Amy Hest

Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Local Bookstore

  • A Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Selection


In this timeless picture book, a new reader trudges through deep snow with a mysterious suitcase in tow. He has something important to share with his faithful companion, who bolts ahead to wait at the top of a tall hill. Our small hero climbs higher and higher, until finally, he is there, too. Then he opens his suitcase— click, click—and soon the only sound in the world is the sound of the reader reading their very favorite book to the very last page…the very last word. Amy Hest’s spare evocative text is a true celebration of new readers and good friends everywhere, while Lauren Castillo’s pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, with their bold saturated colors against winter white, perfectly capture the wonder and delight of this magical day.
This sweet story is beautifully imagined by Castillo, as her boldly outlined, colorful characters pop against the brilliance of a total whiteout. Share this with other pint-size readers who understand the joy of reading, anytime, anyplace.
— Booklist
Kids aren’t the only ones who’ll envision themselves leaping into the pages — and the snow. You simply can’t beat the message: love of reading and sharing that with a good friend. It’s enough to make you all warm and fuzzy despite the snow.
— Entertainment Weekly, Grade A