I Will Read to You

A Story About Books, Bedtime, and Monsters


By Gideon Sterer

Illustrated by Charles Santoso

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$23.99 CAD




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This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around August 1, 2023. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

A gentle blend of spooky and sweet, I Will Read to You is a unique rhyming bedtime tale about empathy, storytime…and monsters.

Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved stories—scary ones about skeletons and witches, giants and ghosts, vampires, dragons, mummies and goblins. But he wondered…do monsters have anyone to read to them? Armed with only a book and a flashlight (and with his bemused mother in tow), he travels through the night, calling together every monster he can think of to make sure they get the bedtime story they need.

Delightfully spooky and surprisingly tender, I Will Read to You celebrates monsters, stories, and the way a good book can bring us together.

(Don't forget to find the little orange monster hidden on almost every page!)

  • A Kids’ Indie Next List Pick
    A Parnassus Sprout Book Club Pick
    A CBC Teacher Favorites List Selection
  • "The rhyming couplets on each page beautifully capture the comfort found in storytelling, making this a perfect book for nightly read-alouds."
    School Library Journal
  • "Sterer gives winning warmth to this faintly haunted readaloud celebration in verse....the horde of finely textured creatures in night-time colors by Santoso clamor to hear the story."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "A story about caring for the unseen and the power of books to unite and soothe....Will have young readers eagerly wondering about what goes bump in the night."
  • "For Halloween or whenever a child wants a delicious scare."
  • "The child takes control as leader and reader, which alleviates scariness, and the atmospheric full-bleed illustrations, done digitally combined with handmade pencil textures, make even a swarm of supernatural beings feel just cheerful enough."
    The Horn Book

On Sale
Aug 1, 2023
Page Count
40 pages