Reading Aloud

“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.”  —Marilyn Jager Adams

My artist friend Isabel G. bought a copy of Phoebe and Ito are dogs by  acclaimed writer John Yamrus and illustrated by me. She gave the book to her two grandsons.

Isabel Golson grandchildren 1

Phoebe and Ito are dogs is a story all ages can enjoy. It’s about two cocker spaniels, sister and brother, who are very attached to each other and who do everything together. They learn something important about being your true, best self.

Reading Phoebe and Ito are dogs aloud isn’t necessary to enjoy the book, not at all,  but  when you read it aloud, you enjoy an enhanced experience of the magic of this book.

Isabel was delighted to find that the older boy was reading it to his younger brother; it was the older one’s own idea. She took the photo of the two boys in green striped matching pajamas, reading the book together.

And I was really proud and happy to have created the 60+ pictures in the book.


Check out Phoebe and Ito are dogs here:


Author: Mish (Eileen) Murphy

Hi. I am a writer, visual artist, and professor. I write and publish poetry and book reviews. I take photos and create photo art. I teach literature and English at Polk State College, Lakeland, Florida.

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