Last week as part of the fabulous Book Love summer book club Penny Kittle talked to Kwame Alexander and the stars aligned so that I was able to “be there” on Facebook Live. I could listen to them all night long, but we only had about half an hour. One idea he left us with is community poems. He has done this for NPR, where he gives a starting line and people send in their responses and he puts them together into a poem. Our starting line, via Ann Marie Stevens and Kwame Alexander was “Books make me…” so that is what I am writing from today.
Books Make Me
Books make me a better person,
Opening windows to new ideas,
Yes, sometimes also comforting me, as I find the familiar.
Books make me a better teacher,
As they coteach with me every day,
The class library reflecting opportunities, dreams, challenges, and more,
Transforming readers one page at a time.
Books make me discerning- there is never enough time to read a meh book when so many great books are on deck,
They connect me- to authors, illustrators, other readers,
They take me far beyond their pages.
Books make me spend more money,
How hard it is to not buy all the books,
I wait (impatiently) for each order to arrive,
I know it is almost always money well spent.
Books make me who I am today and inspire me to outgrow myself!
Thanks to Kwame, Ann Marie, Penny, and Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop (who first talked about books being windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors)