We love the way this children’s picture book begins: “This is a book. Black words. On white paper. No buttons. No bonus levels. Not a single sound, in fact. It’s the most quiet, ordinary thing that could be, until you learn to look closer, and closer ….”

Author David Miles (with illustrator Natalie Hoopes) then reveals how books activate and stretch the imagination, take us on adventuresome journeys into fact and fiction, and enable us to explore the furthest reaches of truth and freedom. Books serve children as friends and tutors. As Miles puts it: “It’s your home when you want to learn. Or you need a friend. … It will never go dark, because it doesn’t need batteries” (Familias Publishing).

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