A Velocity of Being: LettersTo A Young Reader

A Collection of Letters from the World's Best Minds to Children - 121 of them


Why read at all? In this age of a million distractions and over-heated social connections online, why sit down and read at all? Now you can give your child 121 reasons why. Letters written by the brightest socially awoke older trees of our generation to our younger saplings. And as if this wasn't enough they are illustrated by some of the most creative illustrators of our time. 

Jane Goodall, Yo-Yo Ma, Jacqueline Woodson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mary Oliver, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Rebecca Solnit, Elizabeth Gilbert, Shonda Rhimes, Alain de Botton, James Gleick, Anne Lamott, Diane Ackerman, Judy Blume, Eve Ensler, David Byrne, Sylvia Earle, Richard Branson, Daniel Handler, Marina Abramović, Regina Spektor, Elizabeth Alexander, Adam Gopnik, Debbie Millman, Dani Shapiro, Tim Ferriss, Ann Patchett all write why reading is so entwined with who we are as a species.

Illustrators include Sophie Blackall, Oliver Jeffers, Isabelle Arsenault, Jon Klassen, Shaun Tan, Olivier Tallec, Christian Robinson, Marianne Dubuc, Lisa Brown, Carson Ellis, Mo Willems, Peter Brown, and Maira Kalman.

This amazing project in book form was carried out by Maria Popova, of Brainpickings and Claudia Zoe Bedrick, publisher at Enchanted Lion Books.

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