Around the Web: The Power of Tactile Books and Reading Aloud

Welcome back, readers! And if you’re new here, this is our weekly round up of bookish content from across the internet. I hope you find something you enjoy!


This week, I’m sharing a look at tactile books, insight into a controversial way to handle long books, a spotlight on the Aurora Awards, and a book excerpt about reading aloud.


Wordless Books

A tactile adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood by Warja Lavater and Myriam Colin is part of the Toronto Public Library's IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities.


When we think reading, we often think of words on a page. But there are books that tell stories without words and even without pictures. These tactile books are made for disabled youth and are challenging perceptions about reading.



Is It Okay To Cut A Book In Half?

Scene of the Crime and Punishment … Photograph: Alex Christofi


Perhaps you’ve seen the picture of paperback books cut in half passed around social media this week? Alex Christofi is the reader behind the picture and has explained his reason for “murdering” books in The Guardian.



The Aurora Awards



The Aurora Awards may not be given as much attention as the Gillers or Canada Reads, but they have an important role in Canadian literature. They “help foster community and fan culture” according to Ellen Michelle’s piece in Quill & Quire.



The Power of Reading Aloud


If you’re interested in a longer read, and perhaps adding a book to your TBR pile, check out the excerpt from Meghan Cox Gurdon’s book The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud In the Age of Distraction, which traces the history of oral storytelling.






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