Welcome, everybody! I’m excited you’re here for the Poetry Friday Roundup! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
A couple of weeks ago, I made a Facebook faux pas in replying to a comment on my phone that I thought was to me, but wasn’t. The happy upshot of a long, boring story is that Amy Ludwig VanDerwater sent me one of her copies of her new poetry collection, Read! Read! Read! (illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke, WordSong 2017).
Wow. Y’all know I love me a poem about reading and books:>) This collection is like a huge reading party! There are funny poems and heart-wrenching poems. (I teared up several times.) There are rhyming poems (mostly) and free verse poems. There are poems celebrating so many reading materials: maps, cereal boxes, the sports page, online content, and more. But mostly, there is heart. In every poem, Amy’s immense passion for books and reading shines through. And her heart. And her kindness. Amy is one of those people who is exactly the same person in real life as she is on her blog and on the pages of her books. And as you can see from this poem, books get at least part of the credit for her kindness!
I had a terrible time trying to choose a favorite to share, but I’m happy to share “An Open Book.”
This book encapsulates the best thing about reading–beyond the learning, beyond the entertainment, beyond the joy, reading makes us better people.
An Open Book
An open book
will help you find
an open heart
an open mind
if you’re inclined.
An open book
will make you kind.
© Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, from Read! Read! Read!
Don’t miss this book. If you’re here for Poetry Friday, then I know you’ll love this collection as much as I do. Thank you to Amy, for your words, to Ryan O’Rourke for your clean, compelling art, and to editor Rebecca Davis for bringing all the elements together to make this magical book!
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