Reading More Comfortably

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It’s Invention Convention Week at Inly so the students are busy making all kinds of useful – or at least entertaining – new items. Here’s one that caught my eye – “A New Comfortable Book.” As this 7-year-old girl knows, it can be tiring to move your head back and forth so often – think of watching a tennis match! Clearly she hasn’t used an e-reader, but no matter. She has a terrific idea for a book that opens in the center  with the pages flipping over at the top. Check out the pictures.  Pretty cool, huh?

Speaking of inventions, Inly’s Invention Week coincides with our spring book fair. Watching parents and children browsing and talking about books, I wonder what this will look like in 10 years. I’m not suggesting that children won’t be reading picture books, but just curious about how the book fair of the future appeals to middle grade and older readers. Will there be a place to connect your e-reader and download at the fair? Will there be some kind of kiosk with information about books and maybe the first chapter?  I have no idea, but I’m sure the “book fair executives” are giving this some thought…

For now – I’m spending the day in a room full of books. This is truly like being a kid in a candy store!  I just read Mac and Cheese, a Level One I Can Read book, by Sarah Weeks. What a sweet book!  Perfect for its audience. Rhyming dialogue, simple sentences – and named after a 5-year-old’s favorite food!  The other book I’ve plucked from the shelves is The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone. It’s a novel that you’d read about 10 years after Mac and Cheese, but it sounds really good, and I enjoyed Stone’s first young adult novel, The Romeo and Juliet Code.

A boy just asked me where the Star Wars books are – the most requested item of the week.  Talk about a Starship “Enterprise”…

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