A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (Hardcover)

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By Maria Popova (Editor), Claudia Bedrick (Editor)
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It is more and more important to teach younger generations the value of books. Learning to step away from technology and start reading is becoming something that needs to be taught. This book is a huge step in the right direction. A Velocity of Being is a book of short essays by extremely influential people like Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, and many more. These essays are written to help show how books can change anyone's life, and how important they truly are. The best part? All the profits will be going to the New York Public Libraries! All these amazing people took their time to write what reading truly means to them and all for a good cause. This book is an inspiration and a great way to show the effect reading can have on someone.

— From Alex M.


A Brain Pickings Best Children's Book of the Year "An embarrassment of riches." --The New York Times In these pages, some of today's most wonderful culture-makers--writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers--reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character. On the page facing each letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist's visual response. Among the diverse contributions are letters from Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerome Bruner, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as a ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pioneering oceanographer, and Italy's first woman in space. Some of the illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers involved are Marianne Dubuc, Sean Qualls, Oliver Jeffers, Maira Kalman, Mo Willems, Isabelle Arsenault, Chris Ware, Liniers, Shaun Tan, Tomi Ungerer, and Art Spiegelman. This project is woven entirely of goodwill, generosity of spirit, and a shared love of books. Everyone involved has donated their time, and all profits will go to the New York Public Library systems.

About the Author

Edited and introduced by Maria Popova, who has been writing since 2006 about what she reads on Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org), which is now included in the Library of Congress archive of culturally valuable materials; Edited by Claudia Bedrick, publisher, editorial and art director of Enchanted Lion Books. Edited and introduced by

Product Details
ISBN: 9781592702282
ISBN-10: 1592702287
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Publication Date: December 31st, 2018
Pages: 280
Language: English
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