Joanne Gentry Midyette

"What a delightful book this is!  The rhyming is perfect for early readers and sparks the imagination of those who are a little older.  Children are always looking for an audience to read to, and Reeta Book found many!"

              - K. de Courcelle, Holiday, FL

       (Berard Certified Auditory Integration Trainer)


"Do you remember the time when you, your child or your reading students first made the grand leap from the alphabet and phonics to actually reading?  There is nothing that compares to that excitement and joy!  REETA BOOK totally captures that magical milestone time in a young reader's life!

REETA BOOK READS TO EVERYTHING! is the perfect book to read aloud to pre-readers or for early readers to read for themselves.  The rhymes, in the spirit of Dr. Seuss, add fun to the text.  The photographs are reminiscent of several of Mr. Rogers' series which were designed to be easily related to children.

As an educator, who works with early education, I whole-heartedly recommend this very enjoyable book!"

                   - Fran C. Rochester, Hendersonville, NC

(Director, Creative Beginnings Christian Preschool)


"Local author, Joanne Gentry Midyette, has always has a passion, not only for the written word, but also for helping children.  She combines these two focal points in her new full-color children's book, REETA BOOK READS TO EVERYTHING!, a lively and engaging 24-page picture book released in August 2014..."

"What fun it was to find REETA BOOK reading to so many things! The book tells young children that they don't have to have another person to read to, they can read to everything!"

      (Pat Lammers, Librarian, Las Vegas, NV)

Dear Mrs. Midyette,

Thank you for inspiring our class to read more and for giving our class a copy of your book REETA BOOK READS TO EVERYTHING!

I really liked the way you included your family members in the book.  You bring happiness into my head when I read this book!  I'm going to always look for those important pages in your book and other books too!  If you publish that chapter book you were telling us about, I would love to find it and buy it! Thank you again for coming to our school.  I hope to see you again very soon.  Until then, I will miss you!



(3rd Grader, JV Washam Elementary School, Cornelius, NC)


The book jacket from REETA BOOK READS TO EVERYTHING!  shares the horse blanket creation of KIM Attwooll of Tryon, NC.  Rudy, the "WELL-READ HORSE"  presently graces the lawn of the Landrum Public Library in Landrum, SC.  Kim, with a play on words "a well bred horse" had fun creating Rudy, a "well-read horse" .  His patchwork horse blanket was made using the book jackets from the book jackets of local authors in the Tryon, NC and Landrum, SC areas.  ART OF THE HORSE IS A COMMUNITY arts project, sponsored by OUR CAROLINA FOOTHILL.  The sixteen horses will be auctioned at a live fundraising gala on August 19th from 6:30 - 9:30 pm at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC.

Visit to see more about this exciting, year-long project.

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