There is no better gift a caring adult can give a child than the gift of reading. And what better way is there to begin than with this rich treasury of classic and original stories, poems, and humor? Ready.. Set.. Read! was created especially for beginning readers. It includes renowned works featuring some of the best-loved characters in children's literature, such as Else Holmelund Mikarik's and Maurice Sendak's Little Bear, Beranrd Wiseman's Morris, and Arnold Love's Frog and Toad. It also offers poetry by such celebrated authors as Eve Merriam, John Ciardi, and Gwendolyn Brooks, plus original stories, jokes, and word games by a host of distinguished children's book writers and illustrations. In keeping with the needs of its audience, the book has simple vocabulary, large, easy-to-read type, and bright full-color illustrations. Ready.. Set.. Read! is an inspiring collection- a stepping-stone to a lifelong love of literature.