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Groundwood Books

What Are You Doing?

Written by Elisa Amado • Illustrated by Manuel Monroy

For kids 3 - 7 years old | Published March 12, 2011 | ISBN 9781554982882
JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education

Cover of What Are You Doing?

Regular price $8.95 CAD

32 pages | 7.00 in × 8.00 in
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

What Are You Doing?

Elisa Amado • Manuel Monroy

A picture book that captures a child’s discovery of the power of reading.

Before he leaves for his first day of school, Chepito runs outside to play. He comes across all kinds of people in his neighborhood who are reading. “Why, why, why?” he sings, and they each have a different answer for him, whether it’s a man reading a newspaper, a young girl enjoying a comic, a couple of tourists consulting a guidebook or an archeologist studying hieroglyphics. Later that day, Chepito discovers the fun of reading for himself, and he even brings home a book to share with his little sister.

Elisa Amado has written a perfect introduction to the pleasures and uses of the written word. Set in a delightfully retro world by illustrator Manuel Monroy, this book is a true celebration of reading.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:


Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.


Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.


Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

About the Creators

Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY's Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Manuel Monroy

Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most accomplished, award-winning illustrators whose work has appeared in children’s books, in magazines, on posters, and most recently in animation projects. He has also exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands. Manuel lives in Mexico City.

Awards and Praise
...captures some of the initial excitement of emergent literacy against a setting too-little seen in North American children's books.
  • Commended Toronto Public Library First and Best 2011, 2011
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