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How Rocket Learned to Read

Hardcover $17.99

Jul 27, 2010 | 40 Pages | 3-7 years

Ebook $10.99

Jul 27, 2010 | 40 Pages | 3-7 years

Apple iPad

Jan 21, 2011 | 3-7 years

  • Hardcover $17.99

    Jul 27, 2010 | 40 Pages | 3-7 years

  • Ebook $10.99

    Jul 27, 2010 | 40 Pages | 3-7 years

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Chicago Public LibraryÂ’s Best of the Best books WINNER 2010

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices WINNER 2011

IRA Teachers’ Choices WINNER 2011

Irma Simonton Black Award WINNER

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Honors Award WINNER 2011

New York Times Bestseller WINNER 2010

Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Book WINNER 2010

Publishers Weekly Bestsellers WINNER 2010

Bank Street Child Study Children’s Book Award NOMINEE

IRA Children’s Choices NOMINEE

Nebraska Golden Sower Award NOMINEE

South Carolina Children’s Book Award NOMINEE

Virginia Young Readers Program Award NOMINEE

CBC Awards & Honors FINALIST


A New York Times bestseller

A 2010 Parents’ Choice Silver Award

An Autumn 2010 Children’s Indie Next Pick

Review, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, September 12, 2010:
“A perfect picture book for kids 3-7.”

Review, THE BOSTON GLOBE, October 3, 2010:
“A picture book all about the joys of reading could easily turn preachy and dull. But “How Rocket Learned to Read’’ defies gravity. Rocket is lovable, the little feathered teacher adorable. Hills tells his sprightly story as needed, not one word more or less. His pictures flow with soft color and movement. Hills makes this a story of friendship. It may persuade tentative kindergarteners that school is worth a try; teachers and librarians will love it.”

Review, KIRKUS REVIEWS, June 15, 2010:
“Hills’s gentle, sweet tale is a paean to the joy of reading and the teachers that inspire it.”

Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, June 14, 2010:
“With characters as memorable as those in Hills’s Duck and Goose series, this good-natured story shows readers how Rocket, a spotted puppy, becomes a beginning reader, thanks to a little yellow bird.”

“Youngsters will find this addition to Hills’s cast of adorable animal characters simply irresistible.”

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