Reading Poems for Enjoyment

 

 

What is a Book?

~Lora Daunt

A book is pages, pictures and words
A book is animals, people and birds
A book is stories of queens and kings
Poems and songs-so many things!
Curled in a corner where I can hide
With a book I can journey far and wide
Though it's only paper from end to end
A book is a very special friend.
 

 

 

 

Adventures with Books

~Velda Blumhagen

 

Books are ships
That sail the seas
To lands of snow
Or jungle trees.
And I'm the captain bold and free,
Who will decide which place we'll see.
Come, let us sail the magic ship.

Books are trains
In many lands,
Crossing hills
Or desert sands.
And I'm the engineer who guides
The train on its exciting rides.
Come, let us ride the magic train.

Books are zoos
That make a home
For birds and beasts
Not free to roam.
And I'm the keeper of the zoo,
I choose the things to show to you.
Come, let us visit in a zoo.

Books are gardens
Fairies, elves,
Cowboys, and people
Like ourselves.
And I can find with one good look
Just what I want, inside a book.
                                        Come, let us read!                                       

For reading's fun

 
 

 

Reading Books

~Vivian G. Gouled

 

I like to read all kinds of books
To entertain myself,
And so I'm glad when I can take
A book down from the shelf.

I like the picture books of planes,
Of flowers, birds, and ships
From which I can imagine that
I'm taking wonder trips.

I like the books with stories in
And also books of rhymes;
I often try to learn a few
And say them lots of times.

I like to read all kinds of books
I find upon the shelf -
Particularly now that I
Can read all by myself!

Magic Keys

~Leah Gibbs Knobbe

Would you like to travel far
From the place where now you are?
Read a book!

Would you nature's secrets know,
How her children live and grow?
Read a book!

Is it adventure that you crave,
On land or on ocean wave?
Read a book!

Would you like to talk with kings?
Or to fly with Lindbergh's wings?
Read a book!

Would you look on days gone by?
Know scientific reasons why?
Read a book!

The world before you will unfold,
For a magic key you hold
In a book!

 

I Met a Dragon Face to Face

~Jack Prelutsky

I met a dragon face to face
the year when I was ten,
I took a trip to outer space,
I braved a pirate's den,
I wrestled with a wicked troll,
and fought a great white shark,
I trailed a rabbit down a hole,
I hunted for a snark.

I stowed aboard a submarine,
I opened magic doors,
I traveled in a time machine,
and searched for dinosaurs,
I climbed atop a giant's head,
I found a pot of gold,
I did all this in books I read
when I was ten years old.

Books To the Ceiling

~Arnold Lobel

Books to the ceiling
Books to the sky
My piles of books are a mile high
How I love them
How I need them
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them

 

                                                        

There Is a Land

~Leland B. Jacobs

There is a land -
A marvelous land -
Where trolls and giants dwell;
Where witches
With their bitter brew
Can cast a magic spell;
Where mermaids sing,
Where carpets fly,
Where, in the midst of night,
Brownies dance
To cricket tunes;
And ghosts, all shivery and white,
Prowl and moan.
There is a land
Of magic folks and deeds,
And anyone
Can visit there
Who reads and reads and reads

         

Adventures with Books

Books are ships that sail the seas
To lands of snow or jungle trees
And I'm the captain bold and free
Who will decide which place we'll see
Come let us sail the magic ship
Books are trains in many lands
Crossing hills or desert sands
And I'm the engineer who guides
The train on its exciting rides.
Come, let us ride the magic train
Books are zoos that make a home
For birds and beasts not free to roam
And I'm the keeper of the zoo
I choose the things to show to you
Come, let us visit in a zoo
Books are gardens, fairies, elves
Cowboys and people like ourselves
And I can find with one good look
Just what I want inside a book
Come, let us read!

For reading's fun

 

 

 

What is a Book?

~Lora Daunt

A book is pages, pictures and words
A book is animals, people and birds
A book is stories of queens and kings
Poems and songs-so many things!
Curled in a corner where I can hide
With a book I can journey far and wide
Though it's only paper from end to end
A book is a very special friend.

 

Books

~Eileen Burkard Norris

Books
Lead folks
To other lands.
Books
Bind folks
With friendship's bands.
Books
Tell folks
Of bygone days.
Books
Bring folks
Tomorrow's ways!

Open A Book

Open a book
And you will find
People and places
Of every kind.

Open a book
And you can be
Anything that
You want to be.

Open a book
And you can share
Wondrous worlds
You find in there.

Open a book
And I will, too.
You read to me,
And I'll read to you.

Books

~Helen H. Moore

If you read a few, then you'll know it's true:
Books are good for you!
Chefs read cook books,
Pirates? "Hook" books!
Little kids read lift-and-look books!
We read books of poems and prose -
Some of these and some of those.
Read some too, and you'll agree,
Books are good for you and me!

Reading in Bed

~Helen H. Moore

Oh, what could be better
Than reading in bed,
Or thinking about
All the books that you've read?

With someone who loves you,
A father, a mother,
A doll, or a pet,
Or a sister or brother,

A grandma, a grandpa,
An uncle, an aunt -
(Can you think of anything better?
I can't!)

While outside the sky
Is all twinkling with light,
From stars that shine down
As we sleep through the night.

Oh, what could be better
Than sleeping in bed,
When the books that you love
Fill the dreams in your head?

Books are for Looks

~Isabelle Spooner

Books are for looks; a look for a tale
Of possible a lion, a tiger, or a whale.

A look for adventure, exciting, intense
With mystery unfolding and growing suspense.

A look for a fact, to inform or relate,
A picture, a poem, or a word to locate.

You never can tell when you start to look
What interesting things may come in a book!

 

I Like a Book

~M. Lucille Ford

 

I like a book. It tells me things
Of ancient peoples and their kings
And what they used to do;
Of giants in some far-off land
And things I hardly understand,
Both make-believe and true.

I like books. It's fun to see
How interesting they can be -
As people are. And so
I try to treat them like a friend
And many pleasant hours spend
In learning what they know.

 

Books

~Solveig Paulson Russell

 

Books are friends who take you far
Wherever you would go,
From torrid lands and jungle ways
To northern fields of snow.

Books bring us gifts from long ago
And hints of future days,
And lead the mind refreshingly
On unfamiliar ways.

Books are the chests of pirate gold
Where wealth in stories lies
As varied as the clouds that blow
Across November skies.

Storyboat

~Bobbi Katz

It's time to read a story,
so climb aboard with me,
and we can sail a storyboat
across a magic sea.
We can visit jungles
or rub noses with a bear.
We can visit anyplace
and sail to anywhere.
We can learn a lot of stuff
from sailin' storyboats -
like how to ride on elephants
or how skinks got striped coats.
We can meet a bunch of kids
that we'll be glad to know,
and when the summer gets too hot,
we'll sail in seas of snow!

 

When You Can Read

~Bobbi Katz

 

When you can read, then you can go
from Kalamazoo to Idaho -
Or read directions that explain
just how to build a model plane -
Or bake a cake or cook a stew -
The words will tell you what to do!
When you can read, then you can play
a brand new game the proper way -
Or get a letter from a friend
and read it . . . to the very end!

 

 

Look in a Book

~Ivy O. Eastwick

Look
in a book
and you will see
words
and magic
and mystery.

Look
in a book
and you will find
sense
and nonsense
of every kind.

Look
in a book
and you will know
all
the things
that can help you grow.