Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
— William Shakespeare
From its cover image of a book as a flying carpet to “stories/ that fly like birds”, Read! Read! Read! uplifts and envigorates. Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater dance happily beside Ryan O’Rourke’s illustrations, and my favorite is the happy child disappearing into a magazine with actual magic! Really!
One more quote from it: “Every single thing you read/ becomes a part of you.” I should be huge, considering the hundreds of books I read every year. What about you?
Notes: Here’s a bonus poem inspired by Amy’s playful rendering of book adoration:
a heavy tote
full of books
Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham