Reading Grows

Whitman, 1999


Reading Grows is a 32-page photo essay book for ages three to seven about reading. “Throughout, children are read to, read to each other, or read by themselves, while books are everywhere – on home shelves and library tables. The children and adults photographed are very real, and are delightfully varied in age, build, and ethnicity. Few will be able to resist the tiny bespeckled blonde with chipped nail polish and a festoon of ribbons in her hair, the Latina toddler with the gold earrings, or the Hanson-handsome pre-teen.


Senisi makes the act of learning to read as natural as a flower while acknowledging that it takes time and patience. A note for parents and caregivers offers concise instructions for turning children into readers – a practical primer that concludes the book perfectly.” (Kirkus Reviews: 3/15/99)


Hardcover is out of print

Some new and used copies available at,, and abebooks.