Million Dollar Idea: All Books Available in ‘Really Big’ Size
Many books are available in hardcover and paperback, but today I would like to propose a third option: Really Big Size
I think I was talking with my colleague Niki (Daydream Reader) a while back when we hit upon this idea. It sprang from the fact that kids are drawn to big books. If you work in a library you know this is just a fact. Big books have the aura of importance. Finishing a big book is an accomplishment. There are a number of random books in our collection that I am convinced would be much less popular if they weren’t the same approximate dimensions as a loaves of bread.
So, how would Really Big Size work? Every book, regardless of length, would be available in a version that’s just huge. I’m talking tons of pages. If the size and weight seem completely unsuitable for children, it’s perfect. “But what about picture books?” you say? Stretch it out. One word per page. Pictures get their own pages. Punctuation marks get pages. Hey, if you need to throw in a few totally blank pages to make it Really Big, that’s what you gotta do.
Just imagine … you’re having a hard time selling a really good, yet slim book to a student. The student is skeptical. Then you bring out the Really Big Size version. Tell me that book isn’t getting checked out?
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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