I picked up a book of poetry edited Lee Bennett Hopkins, Wonderful Words, at the New England Mobile Book Fair earlier this month. It was one I hadn’t seen before. Everything inside of it are poems about writing, reading, listening and speaking. I particularly like one called “I Am the Book” by Tom Robert Shields. Here are the first two stanzas:
I’ll be your friend
stay by your side,
make you laugh or teary-eyed
On a sun-summer morning.
I’ll spark you,
help you sleep,
you’ll forever keep
On a dappled-autumn afternoon.
Click here to get the book, which contains this poem and many others!
Poetry Friday is being hosted at Mentor Texts, Read Alouds, and More this week.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).