Read & Bloom offers high interest, character driven stories for newly independent readers that feature full-color illustrations throughout and will transition kids from leveled readers to a lifetime of reading.
Celebrate with Agnes and Clarabelle!
Agnes the pig and Clarabelle the chicken are best friends who love to celebrate holidays! They wear flower crowns and dance around the Maypole, perform in the Fourth of July parade, make the spookiest Halloween costumes, and count down the New Year in style. Three . . . two . . . one . . . fun! For Agnes and Clarabelle, everything is better when they're together!
About the Author
Sara Palacios was the recipient of the 2012 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Award for her work on Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match. A native of Mexico, Sara graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City and went on to earn BFA and MFA degrees in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She illustrates for companies in both the United States and Mexico.
"For those transitioning to longer texts, these simple, character-driven story lines are easy to follow, and the charming illustrations let kids make the bridge from picture books to chapter books. . . . An excellent addition to all chapter book collections, ideal for brand-new readers." - School Library Journal
"The full-color illustrations, softly textured with colored pencil and watercolor washes and enhanced with crisp digital shapes, emphasize the antic energy of the pair, creating distinctly readable expressions through posture, beak, and snout." - BCCB
"An engaging visual design, charming characters, and funny, relatable story lines make this a lovely addition to chapter book collections." - School Library Journal on AGNES AND CLARABELLE
"The authors effectively use common childhood experiences to share several important messages about caring, empathy, compromise, and what it means to look out for a friend. Children will easily relate to Agnes and Clarabelle's feelings and experiences, and parents/teachers will appreciate the positive messages of friendship and caring." - Kendra Hall-Kenyon, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, Brigham Young University
"Read & Bloom will be wildly popular. And I am very happy to see some new friendship books come along with the end of the Elephant and Piggie books." - Teri Lesesne, Professor of Library Science at Sam Houston State University
"Funny and appealing, the Read & Bloom books will charm readers." - Linda M. Pavonetti, Ed.D., professor of Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University