My Story

Hello, my name is Krystallo. I’m a creative artist.

Research shows that exposure to early reading is important for children’s language development. So, naturally, when I became a mother to twins, I signed picture books to them in American Sign Language and Greek Sign Language. But then I realized that there was a challenge: in order to read to children in sign language, I needed my hands free.

That is how I got to create the first fabric book stand, enabling me to read and sign the books with both hands, so the twins did not miss a thing from the books and my reading.

I found out that there were no similar book stands on the market like the one I created. So, I started making more book stands for my friends. I wanted the book stands to be both beautiful and inspiring to young readers. That’s why I am decorating them artfully, and I am putting on images and quotes about the importance of reading.

I invented these book stands to support sign language reading. But it turns out that everyone can benefit, not only deaf parents and deaf kids.

My unique designs beat my competitors for a variety of reasons:

  • My book stands are ergonomic because they enable users to turn pages of books comfortably.
  • My book stands can hold thick and heavy books such as textbooks or cookbooks.
  • My book stands can hold oversized books.
  • My book stands can hold both board books for very young children and picture books depending on their designs.
  • My book stands can hold books of any size, tablets, and smartphones because of their adjustable angles.
  • My book stands can be decorated with artwork.
  • There are endless possible uses!

Now my twins are bookworms, thanks to the idea of my book stand. Every time I read classic books, such as Aesop’s fables, to the twins, I encouraged them to answer my questions with wisdom, just like the wisdom of an oracle. That is why my business is named “Oracle and Bookworm”.

TARGET AUDIENCES:

  • Librarians and educators who hold virtual and in-person storytimes.
  • Parents of babies and young children who use sign languages (e.g., ASL) or spoken languages or Cued Speech.
  • Parents who rock their babies and read books to their older children at the same time.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing People who use tablets and phones for phone calls and virtual meetings (e.g., Zoom).
  • Toddlers and older children read traditional books and e-books by holding my bookstands independently.
  • Cooks who read recipes while working in the kitchen.
  • High school and college students who read textbooks and solve exercises at the same time.
  • And many more.

TESTIMONIALS

Martha K., Director & CEO, QualityMetrics

I thoroughly enjoyed doing my story reading time at St George’s using Krystallo’s bookstand. It freed my hands and helped me be more expressive with the kids. I think these bookstands are valuable to all the story readers in libraries and in schools! They are colorful and their themes are attractive and inspiring!

Travas Y., Visiting Assistant Professor, Utah Valley University

I often reached for something like this when I read stories with my young children. Some of the things I grabbed worked, but often they didn’t. Krystallo’s bookstands look like they will work with lots of different books. All parents can benefit from a more visual approach to reading. My wife, Ruth, does lap time storytelling at our local library. She could use some of these bookstands. One of the reasons Ruth is one of the only people that seems to be able to keep lap-babies and toddlers engaged in storytime is that she will often free her hands and involve the young children more actively in the story. We often don’t realize we reinforce the meaning of words with gestures when we interact with children. When we fail to do this when we read, our most visually oriented children can become disengaged from stories that would otherwise hold their interest. I am always impressed by well designed applications of simple technologies. Two big thumbs for an innovative bookstand to make reading more engaging for children, especially for Deaf children.