“A Velocity of Being,” is edited by Maria Popova who curates hope in her weekly newsletter, Brainpickings. You should also subscribe to Brainpickings for some free hope.
The collection is made up of reflections and original art by authors and artists trying to convey to children the wonder, power, and joy of reading.
Here’s the publishers description: “In these pages, some of today’s most wonderful culture-makers–writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers–reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character. On the page facing each letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist’s visual response.”
If it helps, tell yourself you are going to buy it for your kids or your grand kids or the neighbor kids and then read it for yourself. Then read with the kids in your life. We all need hope You are never too young or too old to find hope in words. (You can see a sample from poet Mary Oliver below).
For me, I find hope in these pages because I need to be reminded that reading can help us see the world from new perspectives, helping us to grow, to raise our voices, and to harness the power of words to change the world.