@ Ink-Stained Wretches: What Good Are Books and Reading?

I posted Tuesday at Ink-Stained Wretches-a review (sort of) of A Velocity of Being: Letters to Young Readers, a wonderful collection of letters from authors, scientists, musicians, venture capitalists, a 98-year-old survivor of the Holocaust, astrophysicists, and many others, writing about what books and reading have meant to them.

Some of the letters might surprise, even shock you. Reading, they say, Is safety, solace, and power. One writer says, “Reading saved me.” That’s how important it can be.

This book is not just for young people–it also addresses why adults need to make books and reading part of their children’s lives.

The post also includes a delightful description of my own early experiences in literacy, including the time I wrote my name in gooey red adhesive tape on the inside of the back door.

To read, click here.

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