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Altered Books: 2021 Contest

An introduction to the concept of altered books and information about the annual altered books contest at Lucy Scribner Library.
Altered Books 2021
Voting has ended for your favorite altered book, but enjoy browsing through the 2021 participants.

Participant 1

Book Cover for the Dr. Seuss Book

2021 Winner! I Can Read with My Eyes Shut altered by The Language Eye-Tracking & Reading (LETR) Lab, Spring 2021

While the Cat in the Hat can read with his eyes shut, typical skilled readers cannot (unless they are reading Braille!) Instead, our eyes make a series of stops (called "fixations")  and jumps (called "saccades") to bring the fine details of the lines and curves on the page into greater focus for processing. Here, we present the eye movements of a parent reading this book to their child. We invite you to explore the magical dance that takes place when we read with our eyes wide open.

Browse through selected pages from this altered book. Each page of the book has two overlays showing the eye tracking.

LETR Lab: Elizabeth Druke, Libby Hicks, Kale Howard, Tori Nappi, & Dr. J

Page of the Dr. Seuss Books showing heat maps and lines of the eye tracking
Page of the Dr. Seuss Books showing heat maps and lines of the eye tracking
Page of the Dr. Seuss Books showing heat maps and lines of the eye tracking
Page of the Dr. Seuss Books showing heat maps and lines of the eye tracking
Page of the Dr. Seuss Books showing heat maps and lines of the eye tracking
Page of the Dr. Seuss Books showing heat maps and lines of the eye tracking

Participant 2

Red book with two children on the cover, in between the children a small hole has been dug into the book where an ear bud has been placed, paper in a circular motion has been added to the bottom of the book the top text reads

Listen Together by Leah Moore

Red book with two children on the cover, in between the children a small hole has been dug into the book where an ear bud has been placed, paper in a circular motion has been added to the bottom of the book the top text reads
Red book with two children on the cover, in between the children a small hole has been dug into the book where an ear bud has been placed, paper in a circular motion has been added to the bottom of the book the top text reads
Red book with two children on the cover, in between the children a small hole has been dug into the book where an ear bud has been placed, paper in a circular motion has been added to the bottom of the book the top text reads

Participant 3

Book that has been turned into a standing peg board where balls can be dropped through a funnel, go through the pegs, and end up in one of several cups

Probability: An Introduction by Marta Brunner

Book that has been turned into a standing peg board where balls can be dropped through a funnel, go through the pegs, and end up in one of several cups

Participant 4

Orchid plant made of book pages sitting in a book page planter that is coming out of the Orchids for Dummies book

Orchids for Dummies by Johanna MacKay

Orchid plant made of book pages sitting in a book page planter that is coming out of the Orchids for Dummies book
Orchid plant made of book pages sitting in a book page planter that is coming out of the Orchids for Dummies book