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Read to Me/Vamos a leer by Judi Moreillon, illustrated by Kyra Teis

Bilingual Edition of Vamos a leer/Read to Me

English Edition of Read to Me
The  book jacket shows a woman reading to a baby
Vietnamese Edition of Read to Me
A young family reading Vamos a leer
Shanda and her sons
Judi reading with
Read to Me is based on a poem I wrote in 1997 for Pima County Public Library's Project L.I.F.T (Literacy Involves Families Together).

The simple yet powerful words in the poem encourage families to read, sing, and tell stories to one another. Kyra Teis created the illustrations that include babies, children, and adults of different ethnicities and generations sharing literacy moments together.

Listen an introduction to the book on

The top and bottom photographs at the left were taken in November 2007 at a Project L.I.F.T. class at Marana High School, Marana, Arizona. The middle photo was taken in April 2008 at a Project L.I.F.T. event in Tucson.

The book is available in different language editions: English only, bilingual Spanish/English, Haitian Creole/English, and Vietnamese/English.

The book has sold well over 200,000 copies. Most recently, the Friends of the Dallas Public Library and Parkland Health and Hospital System began partnering to give the book to every mother of a child born in 2016. They continued the project in 2017 and are keeping their project alive in 2018. Fort Worth Public Library and the JPS Health Network started a similar project in 2017 and are continuing in 2018. Another library-hospital collaboration is in the works. For more information, visit Books for Texas Babies.

The publisher, Star Bright Books, offers Read to Me and Vamos a leer posters to help organizations spread the word about the importance of nurturing young children through literacy.

Read to Me/Vamos a leer Photo Gallery

Star Bright Books Web Site

Illustrator Kyra Teis's Web Site

Judi and Kyra

Author Judi Moreillon and Illustrator Kyra Teis
with Read to Me

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