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I Want To Be A Reader!

by Mark Powers – illustrated by Maria Montag

published by blue manatee press

A simple celebration of a major milestone: learning to read! 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 this little boy thinks! The story ends with a hopeful message to toddlers that someday, they can be readers too.

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** Silver medalist in the board book category of the 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards! **


“Compelling, brief narrative accompanied by brightly colored, descriptive illustrations draw the young board book reader into the story with ease . . . Children will love paging through their own board book about reading their first book.”
– Midwest Book Review

“A gentle way to encourage little ones to want to read.”
– Alice Toepel, Winnebago County Literacy Council, Oshkosh, WI

“What makes ‘I Want to Be a Reader’ a great book is that it goes through the steps of what it takes to finish reading a book: understanding the letters, pronouncing the words, and reading page by page, helping children to understand that learning to read is a process.”
– April Crews, BookBuzz4Kids

”With simple words and bright colorful illustrations ‘I Want To Be A Reader’ is a great book for parents to read to their child or for the child to read to them. I loved Maria Montag’s illustrations of the cat reading to the mice and accompanying the boy as he learns the letters and words. I wish I could have given this book more than 5 stars.”
– Bertha (via Goodreads)

About the Author

Percussionist Mark Powers resides in Portland, Oregon and visits schools around the country, showing students how to use “found objects” to create music from common, everyday items – at the same time developing creativity and listening/communication skills.


About the Illustrator

Maria Montag is an artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. When Maria isn’t sketching, painting or creating in her studio, you can find her in the garden with the chickens or adventuring around the globe with her husband. Maris holds a BFA in painting from Miami University.


About the Publisher

blue manatee press was founded in 2011 with a mission to create meaningful, enduring books that help bring grownups and children together. Led by a pediatrician, our team consists of experts in child development, fine art, and children’s literature, our laboratory an award-winning independent bookstore in business for over 20 years.