Step Into Reading 2: Ready? Set. Birthday! (Raymond and Roxy)

Step Into Reading 2: Ready? Set. Birthday! (Raymond and Roxy)



Raymond likes to do everything fast.  His birthday is near, but it can’t come fast enough for Raymond.  He can’t wait.  He and his friend Roxy help “make time fly” and celebrate his special day together, too.  This sequel to Ready? Set. Raymond! (which marks its 20th Anniversary in 2022!) will delight fans and new readers alike.

About the Author

VAUNDA MICHEAUX NELSON is the author of many beginning readers and award-winning books for children, including Almost to Freedom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. She was the winner of the 2010 Coretta Scott King Award and Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal. She works as a librarian in New Mexico where she lives with her husband.

DEREK ANDERSON wrote his first story in second grade and hasn’t stopped writing or drawing since. He is the illustrator of Ready? Set. Raymond! and he is also known for the Hot Rod Hamster books, Ten Hungry Pigs, and the illustrations in Little Quack, which was a New York Times best-seller. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  • 2022 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Fiction for Young Readers
  • Reviewed in School Library Journal:  “. . . This early reader, with playful, colorful illustrations that support a fun story about a child’s big day, will appeal to any child who has ever waited eagerly for a birthday to come. A first purchase for all early reader collections.”

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