Posted in National Poetry Day 2021

National Poetry Day: Choosing Books

Image: Victoria Jane Wheeler, from Being Me, by Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Laura Mucha

How do you choose your books?

Do you read the back, and choose something that sounds exciting, soothing, or interesting?

Do you look for books on a certain genre you enjoy, such as mystery, humour, adventure, detective, or horror?

Do you go by the cover, and choose a book which you want to pick up, which makes you glad or excited just by the illustration or design?

Do you open books at the first page and see if they grab you?

There are as many ways to choose a book as there are types of book to read, and no way is incorrect. But perhaps one day you could try a different way of choosing – take a recommendation from someone, pick up the first book you see with a cover you love, even if it isn’t one you’d normally read, or try a mystery if you mainly pick romance.

Here’s my poem about what you might find in a book – can you think of any books you have read that fit one of the verses?

In the Heart of a Book

I found myself a story

with a place in me to store it

I found myself a wide, new world

so set off to explore it

I found a scary monster

plus the way to banish it

I found a pool of sadness

and the strength to manage it

I found the dragon in my soul

learned the way to tame it

I found a new ambition

a path to take and aim it

I found a way to rest my head

while my worries all unplug

I found a curl of comfort

where each word was a hug

I found a web of wonders

things I dream about at night

I found a pair of magic wings

and flew into the light

Liz Brownlee

From Being Me, Poems Abut Poems About Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Laura Mucha, May 2021

Author:

Poet, blogger and owner of Lola the alert dog. Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars, Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals, and organise poetry events. I give Zoom lessons on writing poetry for children. http://www.poetryroundabout.com http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com @Lizpoet

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