Thursday, July 06, 2017

Poetry Friday -- Love Song to Reading

Hooray for a book of poems that celebrates reading...

The WONDER of reading words
"...that fly like birds
from pages
in your book
to branches
in your brain
where they sing
like soothing
summer rain."
The JOY of learning to read.
"I longed so to read.
This was my hope.
This was my need." 
All the KINDS of reading we do:
Cereal Box
Sports Page
Road Signs
Field Guides
Google Searches
Birthday Cards
Sunday Comics
The ways reading COMPLETES us:
"Every single thing you read
becomes a part of you." 
"A book gives you a double life." 
The ways reading CHANGES us:
"An open book will make you kind." 
"Charlotte taught me what to do." 
"I'm a reader.
I explore." 

Thank you, Amy, for a book that readers of all ages and stages will want to hug and share and read over and over again until it falls apart.

Read! Read! Read!
by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke
Wordsong, September 2017

Carol has the Poetry Friday Roundup this week at Beyond LiteracyLink.

For next week's Poetry Friday Roundup, Tabatha has invited us to write/share poems in honor of National Mac and Cheese Day, which falls on Friday, July 14 this year. Start cooking up an oozy, gooey Poetry Friday post!! (It's optional, but it was so much fun when we celebrated Billy Collins at the beginning of his birth month back in March.)


  1. I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this book. Next month is my birthday month....I only celebrate "0" & "5" which my age ends in one of those numbers. This book is a gift I"m giving to myself. I asked Amy if there was an indie store where I might order a signed copy. There is!
    If you would like a signed copy of this book...or the happiness that comes from purchasing from an indie bookseller this is what Amy passed on:
    "The Bookworm & BW Gifts LLC in East Aurora, NY has been wonderful with this, and they are happy to mail for a small fee. Please just call Jen Reisdorf at the shop and tell her to whom you'd like me to sign the book - 716.652.6554"

  2. Yay for Amy's new book, which is so full of love and beautiful words! I know readers are going to love it. Thanks for sharing, Mary Lee. xo

  3. I can't wait to dive into Amy's newest book. Poems that celebrate reading...ahhh! Thanks for giving us a taste of the awaiting feast, Mary Lee!

  4. Anonymous9:27 AM

    There is so much to love about this book! I can't wait to share it with kids. Thanks for sharing this peek today, Mary Lee!

  5. I'm so looking forward to Amy's book. Thanks for the special peek, Mary Lee!

  6. Yay for joy, yay for reading, and yay for the joy of reading!

  7. That is fabulous. I like the excerpts and cover and gestalt of Amy's new book. How exciting.

  8. This is yet another of those joyous collaborations between words and pictures that just makes you feel good all over. What fun.

  9. So happy for Amy and the many readers she will reach with her joyful words! Thanks for sharing. On another note, could you send me the code for the new PF schedule if possible? Thanks so much, Mary Lee!

  10. Amy's talent has been an integral part of my classroom for years through her blog. I have her other books as well. Will have to order and get a signed copy. Thanks, Linda, for that information.

  11. Looking forward to this magic book ride of Read! Read! Read! Thanks for sharing it Mary Lee.

  12. This looks like a delightful book for readers of all ages, Mary Lee. Thanks for sharing it.

  13. A book of poems about reading??? I must have this one!

  14. How exciting to have it in your hands already! Squeeee!

  15. Ahhhhh, I just preordered this book!

  16. I always get a lot of giggles from students at Summer Reading Club promotional visits when I tell them that they can read the back of a cereal box and still earn minutes towards their prize, but I mean it! Words are all around us, and reading is such an important life skill!

  17. How can a public librarian not want to read this book? I'm writing up an order card ASAP!

  18. Great to get hands on a book of poetry about reading! Nice!

  19. Oh, Generous Mary Lee! I just saw this...and your write-up of the book made me forget that I wrote it. Thank you so much for all you do to encourage readers and writers all over - even us grown up ones. You are a community maker, and I am thankful for you and for this great shout out for Ryan's and my new book. Rebecca Davis at Wordsong rocks. xxoo


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