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I Am the Book

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,
contradict you,
make you laugh or teary-eyed
On a sun-summer morning.

I’ll spark you,
help you sleep,
bring dreams
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.

Stacey Shubitz View All

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).

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  1. Tom Robert Shield’s I AM THE BOOK poem inspired Lee Bennett Hopkins to create a new book titled I AM THE BOOK that will be published by Holiday House in 2011.
    I am thrilled that Lee chose my poem PIRATES to be one of the fourteen poems in I AM THE BOOK.


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