April ’18 Blog Train

Mug and a Book
Location:  Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Overcast, Cool

Related imageLook!  A library book checkout card with Elvis Presley’s signature on it. Originally published in 1904, “Told By Uncle Remus” was the first of several stories about Brer Rabbit.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss

“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott

What?  Book wisdom from both Dr. Seuss and Anne Lamott, in the same paragraph?  Yup.  It’s pretty much universal – reading is good for you.  There’s nothing better than cuddling up with a good book. Books inherently offer solitude and a temporary escape from your own story. They’re basically magic. Avid readers usually have a long history with books that often either started in the womb or shortly thereafter — thanks to parents and their incessant desire to enrich your brain. So it’s no surprise that you are at your happiest, when you’re reading.

According to library use and sales statistics, the three most read books (in order) are:
1.  The Holy Bible
2.  Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
3.  Harry Potter.

Additionally, here are some interesting facts about reading (If you are still reading this…..)

  1. Reading about yawning makes you yawn.
  2. Books used to be shelved “backwards” with the spine facing the back of the shelf and the fore-edge facing out. The earliest books in the Library had their shelf‐marks written on their fore‐ These volumes were shelved with their fore-edges, rather than their spines, facing outwards,  with the shelf‐mark written in black ink
  3. Research now indicates that the 4- to 6-year-old age range is the sweet spot for teaching reading. Beyond the age of 6 or 7, teaching a child to read is a game of catch up.
  4. On average across the world people spend 6.5 hours a week reading.
  5. According to a study from Yale University, three-quarters of students who are poor readers in third grade will remain poor readers in high school.
  6. Dr. Seuss coined the word “nerd” in his 1950 book “If I Ran the Zoo.”
  7. It takes an average of 475 hours to write a novel.
  8. Books that were penned or conceived behind bars include Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes), Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan), De Profundis (Oscar Wilde), and The Prince (Machiavelli).
  9. Books used to be chained to the bookshelves in libraries.
  10. The ratio of customers to bookstores is highest in Nevada, Texas, and Mississippi.
  11. On the average, a bookstore browser will spend eight seconds looking at the front cover and 15 seconds scanning the back cover.
  12. Half of all books sold today are to people over the age of 45.
  13. Adults who read literature on a regular basis are more than two-and-a-half times as likely to do volunteer or charity work, and over one-and-a-half times as likely to participate in sporting activities.
  14. The largest advance ever paid for a self-published book? A whopping $4.125 million. Simon & Schuster paid that for Richard Paul Evans’ The Christmas Box.
  15. Women buy 68% of all books sold.
  16. The page most readers lose interest at? Page 18!
  17. A glimpse into the NASA library reveals astronauts’ preferred reading includes A Tale of Two Citiesby Charles Dickens, 20,000 Leagues under the Seaby Jules Verne, and London Bridges by James Patterson.
  18. The longest reading aloud marathon by a team lasted 224 hours and was completed by Milton Nan, Silvina Carbone, Carlos Antón, Edit Díaz, Yolanda Baptista and Natalie Dantaz (all Uruguay) at Mac Center Shopping, Paysandú, Uruguay between September 13-22, 2007.
  19. The Penguin paperback was created to make books as affordable as cigarettes, and the first Penguin paperbacks were distributed from a church crypt.
  20. Nancy Pearl, in addition to being the most famous librarian in the world, is also now the only librarian to have an action figure created in her likeness.
  21. Studies have shown that American children who learn to read by the third grade are less likely to end up in prison, drop out of school, or take drugs.
  22. The 1930’s reading primer series Fun with Dick and Janeby Dr. William S. Gray is rumored to be plagiarized from Sir Fred Schonell’s similar Dick and Dora readers, found in his Happy Venture Playbooks.
  23. It is estimated that limited literacy skills cost business and taxpayers $20 billion in lost wages, profits, and productivity annually.

(Source:  helloGiggles.com)

So you guessed it – The theme for this month over at Pixelscrapper is about reading.  The theme is “Mug and a Book”.  I love reading – I read every evening before I go to bed.   Yet I found it hard to design a scrapping kit around the theme.  So, as usual, it is a scattered bunch of designs and I am hopeful that you will find something useful to you.  Visit the other designer kits here:  All are free to download, but each designer has their own terms of use.

My designs are free to use, including commercial use.  I only ask that you do a kindness for someone else in a quiet and loving way.

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I wish you a really terrific month of April,  I will have another free kit coming out in a few weeks, so if you haven’t signed up for an email alert, it’s an easy way to be aware when new downloads become available.

Easter Blessings to you!