For the love of books

Day 7 of the March Slice of Life Challenge hosted by the Two Writing Teachers! #SOL23

Books have always played a role in my life
Books to me are like songs
They take me back to a moment in time
And the feelings that emerged while I read each title
They prompt snippets of memories
Like Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Mrs. K! You have to read this book! This book changed my life!
It changed my life, too.
I remember the shock and disbelief
And the anger
And the tears I cried
I remember Mrs. V and her vibrant personality
And the love she had for Melody
And how she treated Melody like a person, first
And how she helped Melody find her voice
Gosh, I loved Mrs. V
And now my own daughter has experienced this beautiful story
Mom, I think my favorite characters are Melody and Mrs. V.

Books to me are like songs
Books prompt conversations
And connection
Mrs. K the lesson this book teaches is powerful. I’ve never read a book like this. Can we read the second one?
Jason Reynolds’ book Ghost captured and held the attention of my students from the very first chapter
“Running ain’t nothing I ever had to practice. It’s just something I knew how to do.”

Books to me are like songs
They represent a timeline of my life
of my childrens’ lives
of my students’ lives

Books have given me the words
When I wasn’t quite sure how to say what I wanted to
Books have taken me places
When the world was darker than I could handle
Books stretched my brain and helped me gain knowledge
Teaching me about humanity, history, love, relationships, and the world

Books to me are like songs that I can share with the people I love
at hopefully just the right moment
Books take me back to a moment in time
Prompting feelings and memories and joy

Categorized as Krista

By kristasjots

Reader. Writer. Teacher. Singer of Random Tunes. Lover of Jokes, Doodling, & Flair Pens.


  1. This poem is such a wonderful love letter to books! It makes me think of how we talk about reading with kids–I don’t think I do enough talking about the way books can help us connect with others and with parts of ourselves. Thanks for expanding my thinking.


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