A Ray of hope for our poor attention spans

April 19, 2022

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Heya <<First Name>>,

I just finished listening to Fahrenheit 451, and whoa, Ray Bradbury was prescient. 

Like when he writes about attention spans.

“But time to think? If you’re not driving a hundred miles an hour, at a clip where you can’t think of anything else but the danger, then you’re playing some game or sitting in some room where you can’t argue with the four wall televisor. Why? The televisor is ‘real.’ It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It must be, right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn’t time to protest, ‘What nonsense!’”

He published the book in 1953 but — if you swap “televisors” for “screens and devices” — that passage feels so now. (By the way, the loss of attention is not your fault. The world is a giant attention-sucking machine.)

Bradbury’s antidote, bless his heart, was: Read.

The answer’s basically the same now.

Okay, I buried the lead.

We have a new book!

Moldylocks and the Bear is our biggest book yet — more than 300 pages. It’s a companion to our last book, Scar and the Wolf, and the story follows the adventures of a misfit zombie girl named Moldylocks LaMort.

Moldy has lost her roar, and her best hope for finding it lies with the new kid at school.

But can she trust him?

He is, after all, a bear. 

You can get the book on Amazon or read it free on our Storyblog

Happy reading,

… who believe that reading with kids can change the world for the better. 

In our current story: This girl, Winnie Wisp, really didn’t like math

Illustration by Dzana Serdarevic.

If you lose something like a book or a ball, it’s pretty easy to find it again. But what happens when you lose the thing that makes you YOU?

Well, if you’re a girl like Winnie Wisp — someone who likes doing things a bit differently — you set out on a journey to find it again.

Even if it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do.

Part 1: What IS a whoosh?
Part 2: Whooshes can be shy
Part 3: Yagotters liked thing-ing
Part 4: Winnie Wisp really didn’t like math

New: Will Moldylocks find her roar?

Misfit zombie girl Moldylocks LaMort has lost her roar. And she only has a week to find it if she’s going to win the lead role in the town musical.  

Moldy’s best hope is to train with the new kid — IF she can trust him. He is, after all, a bear.

Buy “Moldylocks and the Bear” >
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