What images do "back-to-school" and "books" bring to your mind? As a child, I was fairly nerdy, I guess, because I loved everything about going back to school — the smells of new pencils and erasers, covering my books, new clothes because I'd gotten several inches taller over the summer, seeing friends I'd missed all summer, etc. Our grandson Drew is very excited to be starting school for the first time. He will be going to K-4 one morning a week this year. We're eager to hear how he likes it.
Do you love books? We do in our house. This summer I finally got the iPad2 I had been wanting so much. One of the many things I enjoy doing on it is reading books. I can check books out of our public library with an app called Overdrive . But there are also many ebooks available (is that an understatement?!). The Project Gutenberg  offers over 36,000 free downloadable ebooks. I don't know if it's the novelty or the convenience, but I've probably done much more reading since acquiring my iPad. I'm sure many of my readers use eReaders of one sort or another. If so, please comment on your preferences.
Today's iv has two parts, a few good quotations I've accumulated about books and reading, followed by a short list of fictitious books about going back to school, for your amusement.
"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." — attributed to Mark Twain
"There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house." — Joe Ryan
"Books had instant replay long before televised sports." — Bern Williams
"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." — Paul Sweeney
"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life.'" — Helen Exley
"There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back." — Jim Fiebig
"No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books." — Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Never judge a book by its movie." — J.W. Eagan
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." — Francis Bacon
"We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate." — Henry Miller
Walking To School the First Day Back by Misty Bus
The Day the Car Pool Forgot Me by Rhoda Bike
Can't See the Chalkboard by Sidney Backrow
What I Dislike About Returning to School by Mona Lott
Making It Through the First Week of School by Gladys Saturday
Is Life Over When Summer Ends? by Midas Welby
What I Love About Returning to School by I. M. Kidding
Will Jimmy Finally Graduate? by Betty Wont
I look forward to your thoughts on books, ebooks, and going back to school.
"In an age that idolizes novelty, we must not despise history." — Eric Newton
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