Ty's Travels: Showtime! (I Can Read! My First: Shared Reading)

by Kelly Starling Lyons (Author) Niña Mata (Illustrator)

Ty's Travels: Showtime! (I Can Read! My First: Shared Reading)

Ty rocks out with friends in this new book in the Geisel Honor-winning series! Join Ty on his imaginative adventures in Ty's Travels: Showtime, a My First I Can Read story by acclaimed author and illustrator team Kelly Starling Lyons and Niña Mata.

Music, imagination, and play are highlighted, making this perfect for sharing with children ages 3 to 6. Rap-a-tap-tap! Thrum, thrum, thrum! Plink-a-plink-plink! Ty loves playing the instruments, but something's missing--his friends! With the help of his vivid imagination, Ty and his friends are onstage in a band making great music together.

With simple, rhythmic text and joyful, bright art, this My First series is perfect for shared reading with a child. Books at this level feature basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations, ideal for sharing with emergent readers. The active, engaging stories have appealing plots and lovable characters, encouraging children to continue their reading journey.

Author Kelly Starling Lyons was selected as the 2021 Piedmont Laureate!

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Ty loves his class. He loves everything about it, from creating art to baking to dancing with his friends. Ty especially loves to make music. When it's playtime, Ty sees a drum set waiting to be played and starts to rap-a-tap-tap a groovy beat. Ty imagines he's on stage, and the spotlight shines on him as he entertains the crowd, playing drums and guitar and piano. But Ty can't play all the instruments at the same time, so he enlists his friends. Soon all of the students are dancing to the beat of the classroom band. This is the latest installment of the "Ty's Travels" series, sweet, simple stories about Ty and his adventures. Easy readers, especially "My First: I Can Read" books, are designed to look and read a lot like picture books, so as to be easy to read aloud or independently, and this no exception. Each page is filled with detailed, colorful illustrations and limited written text. With an African American boy at the center of the story and a diverse classroom, this title about play is quick, positive, and fun with very light conflict. VERDICT A welcome addition to the world of beginner reader books.—Jennifer Miskec

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Kelly Starling Lyons
Kelly Starling Lyons (kellystarlinglyons.com) grew up telling stories to her family and anyone else who would listen. She is the author of many books for young readers, including the Jada Jones series, She Persisted: Coretta Scott King, One Million Men and Me, Ellen's Broom, A Girl Named Misty, Sing a Song, and Going Down Home with Daddy. A Caldecott Honor recipient, Kelly lives with her family in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can follow her on Twitter @kelstarly.

Chelsea Clinton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World; She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History; She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game; She Persisted in Science: Brilliant Women Who Made a Difference; Don't Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe; It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!; Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference; with Hillary Clinton, Grandma's Gardens and Gutsy Women; and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their children and their dog, Soren. You can follow Chelsea Clinton on Twitter @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at facebook.com/chelseaclinton.

Gillian Flint (gillianflint.com) is an illustrator who has a passion for painting in watercolors. She has been drawing and creating characters for as long as she can remember. Her work has been published in the USA, the UK and Australia. In her spare time she enjoys reading and gardening at her home in the UK. You can follow her on Instagram @gillianflint_illustration.

Alexandra Boiger (alexandraboiger.com) has illustrated nearly twenty picture books, including the She Persisted series by by Chelsea Clinton; the popular Tallulah series by Marilyn Singer; and the Max and Marla books, which she also wrote. Originally from Munich, Germany, she now lives outside of San Francisco, California, with her husband, Andrea; daughter, Vanessa; and two cats, Luiso and Winter. You can follow Alexandra on Instagram @alexandra_boiger.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
February 20, 2024
I Can Read! My First: Shared Reading
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
Imagination in children
African American children

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