Wednesday, April 11, 2012


BookSpeak! Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

Clarion Books, 2011

2012 Gilette Burgess Honor Book

Nerdy Book Award

Book Speak is a whimsical collection of poems that allow books to speak. Characters plead to be set free, the Index makes a case for its superiority, the Bookplate and Book cover have their say, and even the book’s Middle gets to whine.

Books go on vacation when they’re checked out from the library.

I’ve floated in airplanes. I’ve lain on the beach.
I’ve hidden in bunk beds—just out of your reach.

They have a party when the bookstore closes for the night.

The sweetest verse closes the poem structured like “The House That Jack Built”:

And she is the reader
who browses the shelf
and looks for new worlds
but finds herself.

Visit Laura Purdie Salas’s website to read sample poems and also some wonderful essays on poem-making.

Award-Winning Book Challenge Status: 5/11


  1. Hi Joyce! This isn't the first time that I've read such a good review of BookSpeak! Fats, one of the GatheringBooks ladies, just received her copy of this lovely book and I'm looking forward to also reading her review of this one. Thanks so much for adding this to our database. :)

  2. Joyce, I love the final verse you shared! With two great awards, I think I need to get my hands on this.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Joanna. It's so great to learn about new books form excited readers!

  3. Thanks, Joyce! I'm so glad you liked BookSpeak! (That final verse is my favorite, too--you can read a bit more about that particular poem and the change the ending went through at, if you're interested.

    And thank you, Myra and Joanna!

    1. Hi Laura, thanks for your comment and the link!


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