Friday, August 19, 2016

Poetry Friday: "Book-heart"

Head over to Dori Reads for this
week's round-up of poetic goodness!
Thanks, Dori, for hosting this week.

I haven't posted since June.  Even though I'm not headed back to the classroom, almost September is a good time to renew my commitment to the Poetry Friday community.  Last spring, I discovered Book by John Agard.  I loved this distinguished history told in first person by book.  It's a delightful romp through book's development from the pictogram to the codex and ending with a conversation with its friendly rival, the ebook.  One of our 6th grade teachers ordered a class set for her early civilizations social studies class after I shared the book with her last spring.  A poem by Grace Nichols and shared in Book captures how I feel about the books I love.  You'll have to look at Book to read the entire poem, but here are the concluding lines of the poem:
"...No the books I love
get kissed and squeezed
and pressed against my heart."  
I can't resist promoting Ms. Bixby's Last Day which I just finished this week.  It's definitely one of those books that I'll kiss and squeeze and press against my heart for a long time.  I checked it out from the library, but I'm ready to purchase this one so I can highlight and kiss and squeeze to my heart's content.  


  1. I love to hug a good book, too. I've been known to eat, drink and sleep with a good book. I love that poem. It's perfect, every day of the year. :-)

  2. You continue to add to my piles of books to find & read, Ramona, & I see that I add too, considering Ms. Bixby! What a beauty of a poem, touches me, too! I think you would like Gary Paulsen's preface to The Winter Room, "Tuning", found here: Thanks for this recommendation, sounds awesome!

  3. I loved Ms. Bixby. Loved, loved, loved. I read it from the library and I, too, had to own a copy!!

  4. Welcome back! My books look very hugged. Thanks for these recommendations.

  5. I love that picture of the hummingbird, flitting (and sipping) between the pages of a book.

  6. Thanks for the introduction to Book by John Agard - will be looking for this title. I have Ms. Bixby on my TBR pile - must get going on that. Welcome back, Ramona! =)