Hudson Talbott

A Walk in the Words

Written and illustrated by Hudson Talbott
Age range: 1st grade through 4th grade.
Recommended for: This book, written by an author with his own history of reading challenges, reframes reading slowly as “savor[ing] the story” and shares the author’s own journey from feeling ashamed of his reading speed, to feeling overwhelmed when books lost their pictures, to “enjoy[ing] the ride” once he became more comfortable reading at his own pace. This would be a great read for children who are feeling self-conscious or ashamed about reading more slowly than their peers and who need a reminder that reading quickly is not the point of reading.