By: Nicole Magistro

Illustrated by: Alice Feagan

Published: October 1, 2021

Publisher: Read Island, LLC


Read Island is an actual island in British Columbia, Canada. This book is inspired by the many trips the author, Nicole Magistro, and her family took to this island.

Through the power of a story and your imagination, you can travel anywhere. A young girl and her animal friends hop on a boat and journey to a special island full of books and adventures. Imagine the joy of entering an island made of books.

On Read Island, you will find all kinds of magical adventures and various animals to help make the stories come to life including an eagle, a humpback whale, a grizzly bear, a moose, elk, and more. Everyone comes together for a very special story. Then it is time for the girl to head back home, but she can always return through the pages of a book.

For make-believe though it may look,

There is an island made of books.

This world of stories, safe and true,

Is always here to welcome you.

With a rhyming prose and mixed-media/collage-styled illustrations, kids will feel part of the magic. READ ISLAND will make them want to read more books. Just like Read Island, a book will always welcome you in and encourage you to come back again and again.

Celebrate the joy and magic of losing yourself in a book through a journey to Read Island.

Nicole Magistro is a professional reader and amateur mother who lives in the mountains of Colorado. She owned a bookstore for 15 years, wrote thousands of book reviews, and memorized a few too many bedtime stories. Her favorite place in the world is the real Read Island, which inspired this story.

Alice Feagan grew up in a small town but has traveled the world many times over through the pages of her favorite books. This love of stories (and a mild obsession with art) inspired a career in illustration. Today, she is a children’s book creator known for her distinct cut-paper collage style. When she is not writing or illustrating picture books Alice can be found hiking, creating, or reading with her two young sons. The Collectors was her authorial debut, and Read Island is the third book she has illustrated.

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