Teaching children to love books

When our youngest child (almost 2 years old) was silent for an extended period of time, I decided to see what he was up to. I discovered that he had pulled all of the children’s books off of the shelf once again. He does this regularly, but I was happy to see that he was actually looking at one of the books.

Our older boy Jack has been reading longer chapter books since early last year, right after he started kindergarten. We are amazed by how much he reads, and he really seems to enjoy it.

We read to him and we have always encouraged him to like books but we aren’t certain exactly what made him become so obsessed with reading.

The only thing that we have actively done is tried to let each of our children see us reading and carrying around books. It’s kind of a passive attempt to convince them that books are special. They copy so many of our bad habits without us realizing it, so we thought maybe they would pick up one of our good habits in the same way. It seems to have worked.

What do you do to promote reading and a love of books in the children that you know? We would love to hear any tips that you can share.

New neuroscience bookmarks – Pink Flowers

Here is a preview of our newest design about to go into production. These neuroscience based bookmarks feature pronounced textures in order to stimulate tactile sensation when you hold them while reading. The result: better focus and ability to avoid distractions. Some users have even get more immersed in their books. Try it out for yourself!

We should have some physical samples to share shortly, then we will add them to the site for purchase.

Hum If You Don’t Know The Words – book review

This is the book that you come across once in a rare while that transforms you. This is a story that opens your eyes to horrible, true events in history and revisits conditions that members of our human race were forced to endure for decades in South Africa. While reading this book it is impossible to ignore that similar circumstances still exist today in locations around the world.

Bianca Marais exposes the reader to tragedy, loss, and hatred but also provides us with characters who overcome personal challenges to fight the same type of oppression that exists today. Central characters Robin and Beauty learn about love, sacrifice, and forgiveness among other things they need to survive the ignorance and violence around them.

You’ve got to read this one, then tell everyone that you know about it! It is that good.

Indie Bookstore Day – April 28th

This nationwide event celebrates some of the coolest spots on Earth – your local, independent bookstores. Check out the cool events, fun people, at loads of good books at your bookstore. Each shop is unique and will have something different for the event (‘cuz they are “independent” after all, they do what they want).

You can use this tool at indiebound.org to find your local bookstores:

Bookstore Locator

And you can follow this link to learn more about Independent Bookstore Day:

Indie Bookstore Day 2018

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer – release today 03 Apr

This is one of the most anticipated reads of 2018. Popular novelist Meg Wolitzer is in the news today with the release of her new book. We loved the thoughts and review featured on NPR:

NPR Books – The Female Persuasion

We are so excited about the release of this book and the one of a kind artwork, that we based our newest bookmark design on the cover. Check out the preview below:

the female persuasion photo sample

These will be available soon in or online store along with our other popular styles. You can even pre-order here:

Italic Bookmarks – female angle bookmark

Book recommendations from two incredible contemporary authors – John Boyne and Gabriel Tallent

Here are two of today’s best contemporary authors on their book recommendations for the upcoming months.

First, John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and more recently The Heart’s Invisible Furies) searches his own private library of over 3,000 titles to proudly display his top ten (see comments from Mr. Boyne for each title):

John Boyne instagram

  • johnboyne So what if you wandered around your house for a couple of hours, looking at 3,000 books and choosing the best 10 novels – from the top down – that you’d ever read? You might find a couple of surprises in there !
  • johnboyne from the top down it’s the go between, David copperfield, cider house rules, my cousin Rachel, wuthering heights, Anna karenina, a widow for one year, what a carve up, northern clemency, tender

Follow John Boyne on Instagram for awesome pics, funny stories, and more book recommendations: @johnboyne

You can also learn more about John Boyne on his web page: www.johnboyne.com


Our second contemporary author is Gabriel Tallent. His debut novel My Absolute Darling came out just last year. Stephen King called it “one shattering, can’t-put-it-down book. Both shocking and tender.” Talent posted a list of some of his upcoming reads to social media just a couple of days ago:

gabrielle talent

Mona Lisa Overdrive – Men Explain Things to Me – Annihilation – Treasure Island – Love Me Back – Bleak House – The Things They Carried – Kidnapped – Idaho – A Double Life – Sorry To Disrupt the Peace – The Burning Girl

The only books that I have personally read from Tallent’s stack are Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell and The Things They Carried, so I have my work cut out for me.

You can follow Gabriel Tallent on Facebook: @Gabriel Tallent

Or on Instagram, where you will mostly find pictures in the outdoors all around the Western U.S. : @gabriel_tallent





Colson Whitehead in SLC- Winner of the National Book Award for fiction

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I was excited to hear that one of the hottest authors around is making a stop in Utah this week. There are actually three events that you can catch him at around Salt Lake City. See the schedule below. Whitehead has been around for several years and already has a few books under his belt, but his most recent, The Underground Railroad, really brought him into the national and international spotlight. He has been one of the few figures in the world of fiction that has received attention and praise from both literary critics as well as popular media sources. I am happy to call Salt Lake my home, but we just don’t get that many visits from great writers like this. If you are in the area be sure to catch Colson Whitehead at one of these events!

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Colson Whitehead

– Thursday, March 15, noon Q&A and discussion at the Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South.
– Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m Reading and book signing at the Main Library auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited.
– Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. Q&A and discussion at Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane, Salt Lake City.

Colson Whitehead at Salt Lake City Library

If you can’t make the event you can check out this video of Whitehead discussing his book The Underground Railroad. – Colson Whitehead with Oprah


Upcoming designs

Each of these new designs is inspired by the cover of a highly anticipated, upcoming book release. Due to the number of independent bookstores that we work with, we are able to produce each item at a very low cost, allowing for a higher profit margin for the bookstores where they are sold. (touch or click each image to see the title that inspired the design).

These can be used to supplement sales of new release titles, and to further draw your customers attention to some of these excellent books. The above images are the artwork for our newest designs. Here is what the final products look like:

Contact us today to make an order, there is no minimum order quantity.

Michael Ferry – mferry@nelsonlabs.com (385) 226-4832

New Neuroscience Bookmarks – Embroidered Arrows

This is it! After over a year of product development and refinement, they’re finally perfect! This is the bookmark that will make you excited about buying a bookmark! They combine an awesome design with bright, beautiful colors. The most important part is the pronounced texture that stimulates tactile perception while you read.

Read more about the neuroscience of our bookmarks here.

Or hit the button below to pick one of these beauties up and try it for yourself:

Italic Bookmarks – Arrow Embroidered

This is our best design yet. Brighter, bolder patterns and upgraded materials, but still thin enough to easily fit between the pages of your favorite book. The embroidered arrows provide a pronounced texture for enhanced tactile perception.


The Alchemist

It’s late, but I had to finish! The Alchemist was incredible in achieving a profound account of an epic journey through several years of a young man’s life, but all within about 170 pages. I was amazed by the author’s ability to create a vivid setting and rich environment with simple, straightforward description in just a few words. It reads like a parable, but appeals to a wide audience and a variety of beliefs. “Everything is created by the same hand…”

This was a great book to start off the new year!