A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader: Recommended to Inspire Book Lovers, edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Zoe Bedrick

In the last several weeks, we’ve been sharing ideas for allowing reading to help us escape into new worlds, relax our bodies and our minds, and find moments of enjoyment in a chaotic world.

We are continuing this theme in October, by recommending a wonderful collection of essays perfect for all book lovers. The first line of the introduction is immediately captivating: ” When asked in a famous questionnaire devised by the great French writer Marcel Proust about his idea of perfect happiness, David Bowie answered simply: “Reading.” What follows is an anthology of short letters to young readers of today and tomorrow about how reading shaped them, and “why read.” Brilliantly, each letter is illustrated by artists or graphic designers. The result is magic. I was particularly struck by Jacqueline Woodson’s letter, as well as those by Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, and Parker Palmer. It’s a wonderful read when you have a few moments–or a few hours. Dig in, and Enjoy!

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