Posted on 02/23/2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Interactive children’s books are nothing new — remember the choose-your-own-adventure series?

Author Adam Rubin is taking that concept a step further, though.

In an interview with NPR's Rachel Martin, he explained that his appearances at schools started to feel a bit mercenary, when his ultimate goal was really to help kids understand the magic of stories and writing.

So his latest book contains an envelope, addressed to him, with an invitation for readers to contribute their own takes on his theme.

All six stories in that book, The Ice Cream Machine, share the collection's title but nothing else — and that's the prompt for reader submissions, too.

Rubin plans to include the best responses in the paperback edition of The Ice Cream Machine and probably throw an ice cream party for the winners.

You can read more about The Ice Cream Machine and Rubin's inspiration on NPR's website.

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