119 Poems about Books to Get You Excited about Reading

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

In a world filled with knowledge and stories, books are our constant companions on the journey of life.

They have the power to transport us to new realms, ignite our imagination, and spark a love for reading that lasts a lifetime.

As we embark on a literary adventure through poems about books, we are reminded of the rich tradition of literature that has graced our shelves and minds.

From classic to contemporary, these poems about reading capture the essence of books and reading in various ways.

So, join us on this poetic journey, and let the verses kindle your excitement about reading.

Best Poems about Books

Words that celebrate books at their finest. Explore the best poems that capture the essence of the written word, the magic of storytelling, and the love for literature. Let these verses deepen your appreciation for books.

1. The Author to Her Book

       by Anne Bradstreet

Thou ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth didst by my side remain,
Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true,
Who thee abroad, exposed to public view …

2. On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

       by John Keats

Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold …

3. There Is No Frigate Like a Book

       by Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry …

4. The Land of Story-Books

       by Robert Louis Stevenson

These are the hills, these are the woods,
These are my starry solitudes;
And there the river by whose brink
The roaring lions come to drink.

I see the others far away
As if in firelit camp they lay,
And I, like to an Indian scout,
Around their party prowled about.

So, when my nurse comes in for me,
Home I return across the sea,
And go to bed with backward looks
At my dear land of Story-books …

5. When You Are Old

       by W. B. Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face …

6. My Books

       by Howard Carleton Tripp

Oh, books of mine! Ye take me ever
Over the broken span of years,
Where, in the light of Youth’s endeavor,
Life one sweet dream of bliss appears.

With thee I feel as then, fresh-hearted.
Glad as the lark, as blithe and free
As when on Learning’s way I started
To find the sweetest sweets in thee!

In gardens old and meadows vernal,
Neath shady elms with thee I walk.
And quaff from thee the sweets eternal,
Aye, with the saints and sainted talk!

Each treasured volume has a glory
That seems a part of the divine,
Each tells a truly perfect story
So beautiful. Oh, books of mine!

7. Expand Our Minds

       by Catherine Pulsifer

In pages bound, a universe unfolds,
A journey we take as the story is told.
Words dance and weave, beckoning us near,
The thoughts of others expand our sphere.

With every page turned, wonders emerge,
Eyes wide open, our minds begin to surge.
Adventure and knowledge hand in hand we find,
Books we read, truly expand our minds.

8. Find a Nook

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Find a little nook
Where you can sit and read a book
You can learn many things
Or learn about life and what it may bring.

Books can take you to a place
And you can even discover space.
Books can make you laugh
Or you can look at the photographs.

Books can calm you when you’re mad
And sometimes a story can make you sad.
Books give knowledge and wisdom
They can give solutions to a problem.

Reading is a wonderful hobby
What is better than a book and a coffee
Take the time to sit and read
It is relaxing, you will see!

9. Show Us Many Things

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Books can show us many things
Open one and find the knowledge they bring
Books can take us to places we have never seen
They can teach us how to cook and clean.

To a child, they can be
A treasure full of glee
Picture books and storybooks
Oh, how a child loves to look.

A book can be read for pleasure
They give us relaxation that is hard to measure
A biography, a mystery, or a romance
Sometimes we find an author by chance.

And when we are feeling down,
A book of jokes is like a clown
Reading them brings smiles
Motivating us to go another mile.

And some books can inspire
Helping us realize our desire.
And you will find motivation too
To help you with all you do.

So whatever you are looking for
Pick up a book that could open the door
Always make time to read each day
You will learn lots on the way.

10. Books

       by Alfred Lavington

Though ne’er so humble should our station be,
We still may mingle with the great and wise;
Roam, unmolested, the vast treasuries
Where wisdom’s priceless gems are scattered free.
We may, at will, explore sky, earth and sea;
Man’s heart and mind probe deep with Shakespeare’s eyes;
With blind old Milton walk through paradise;
Of life and death possess the master-key.

With books as guides, with prophet, poet, sage,
In sweet companionship we daily dwell;
With kings sit nightly round the banquet board
By learning’s light knowledge’s gracious page
Shall render unto us a precious hoard
In an abundance inexhaustible.

11. Friends in Solitude

       by Anonymous

My books, my friends in solitude,
Which never mar my quietude;
Whose silent voices gently speak
In the great thoughts I love to seek.

Such company I ever find
A help to stimulate my mind,
And stir the feelings of my heart.
Which rise above all formal art.

I love to think of them away.
When I from home may go to stay;
And hope again their face to see,
Ere many days shall come and flee.

They never, in a fitful mood,
Do speak or act in way that’s rude;
But always in a pleasant style.
They seem to greet me with a smile.

While things around me often change,
And take a course that is quite strange,
These friends are always of one mind.
And show a spirit mild and kind.

In books are treasures more than gold.
Great thoughts come down from minds of old,
Embalmed in forms that ever live,
And never cease their life to give.

How grand the monuments of mind!
Which leave all others far behind;
And shine with light that is sublime.
Lighthouses on the coasts of time.

12. A World Unknown

       by Catherine Pulsifer

I open a book to a world unknown
An open page becomes my throne.
Where fiction dances, and truths untold,
I find myself both young and bold.

Entertained by tales of distant lands,
Or histories etched by ancient hands.
Through books, I learn and realize
Dreams that can materialize.

13. Book-Lover

       by Ralph Eergengren

My Pop is always buying books;
So that Mom says his study looks
Just like an old book store.
The book shelves are so full and tall
They hide the paper on the wall,
And there are books just everywhere,
On table, window seat, and chair,
And books right on the floor.

And every little while he buys
More books, and brings them home and tries
To find a place where they will fit,
And has an awful time of it.

Once when I asked him why he got
So many books, he said, “Why not?”
I’ve puzzled over that a lot.

14. This Is My Dream

       by Theodosia Garrison

This is my dream, to have you on a day
Of beating rain and sullen clouds of gloom
Here with me, in the old, familiar room,
Watching the logs beneath the flames’ swift play
Burst into strange conceits of bud and bloom.

The things we know about us here and there,
The books we love, half read, on floor and knee,
The stein the Dutchman brought from oversea
Standing invitingly beside your chair,
The while we quote and talk and – disagree;

Rebuild the castles that we reared in Spain,
Reread the poet that our childhood knew,
With eyes that meet when some quaint thought rings true.
Oh, friend, for some such day of cheer and rain,
Books, and the dear companionship of you!

15. Take a Look

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Oh, the many books I have read
Some are quite good and others I dread
Short ones, long ones on many different topics
New ones, old ones, some are truly relics.

You can lose yourself in a story
And there are ones full of glory
Ones to help you cope with life
And others about being a good husband or wife

But all of the books ever written
The best one we have all been given
Is the one that was inspired by God
It is complete and very broad.

The Bible is the best self-help book
If you haven’t read it you should take a look
It is full of life stories that we all can see
That life is, at times, not so easy.

The pages of the Bible are full
Once you get into it you will find a pull
To understand the culture at the time
It helps with life’s small and big climbs.

It is the all-time best-selling book
Which people at times overlook.
Many have tried to destroy the words
Only to find it still moving forward.

The pages are full of ordinary people
People like you and me
God uses those to show his ways
He loves you each and every day.

So if you haven’t read this book
Take a moment and have a look
Talk with others who have studied the book
And your life will have a different look.

16. In the Study

       by Burges Johnson

Nicest place in all the house
Is my poppa’s study chair;
Just as quiet as a mouse
I go creeping there,
An’ he gives a little smile,
Writing, writing, all the while.

There’s at least a million books
Up and down and round the wall.
I guess, from the way it looks,
I can’t read them all!
If I did I’m sure I’d be
Just as wise and big as he.

17. Books

       by Anonymous

Many of the finer things are to be found in books if we profit
by the opinions of learned people. The following expresses the
estimate of a few writers as to value of books:

Channing said: God be thanked for books. They are the voices
of the distant and the dead, and make us heir of the spiritual life
of the past ages. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us
our most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.

Carlyle said: All that mankind has done, thought or been, is
lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
They are the chosen possession of men.

Emerson said: Give me a book, health, and a June day, and
I will make the pomp of kings look ridiculous.

Philip Brooks thought that four kinds of books should be in every
library. Memoirs, biography, portraits and letters – Good books
cost you little in money, but they may cost you years and decades
of toil and labor and energy if permitted to pass through life without
knowing the finer ideal of life revealed in books.

18. Imagination Caught

       by Catherine Pulsifer

In pages bound, a world unveiled,
Where tales and truths forever dwell.
With every word, a mind set free,
Entertainment and enrichment in synergy.

Through stories woven, we learn and grow,
Giving us thoughts that tend to flow.
For in the realm of ink and thought,
Intellect thrives, as imagination is caught.

19. Books Are a Treasure

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Truly I say that books are a treasure,
Where knowledge hides beyond measure.
With every page turned and letter read,
A world of wisdom sparks in my head.

Through ancient tomes I traverse and roam,
Learning, from their pages, to proudly own
The power that springs from a book’s gentle touch,
Grateful for the teachings it bestows so much.

20. Books Are

       by Emilie Poulsson

Books are keys to wisdom’s treasure;
Books are gates to lands of pleasure;
Books are paths that upward lead;
Books are friends. Come, let us read.

21. The Book of Books

       by Anonymous

There’s good books and bad books.
There’s think books and fat books,
There’s big books and some that are wee,
But far above all books,
Most precious of all books,
The Bible is dearest to me.

22. The Book

       by P. Wheeler

Each life of man is but a page
In God’s great diary; each age
A separate volume and each race
A chapter. For a little space
We write, and, childlike, cry our powers,
Nor deem His hand is guiding ours.

23. Portals to Success

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Books are portals to success, wide and grand,
In their pages, knowledge and dreams expand.
In libraries and homes, they patiently wait,
To guide us through life’s intricate fate.
Books, our companions, in them we confide,
Opening doors to success, far and wide.

24. Books Are Keys

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Books are keys to doors of opportunity bright,
Guiding us on journeys with knowledge and light.
They lend a hand through life’s joys and strife,
A source of wisdom, enriching our life.

Famous Poems about Books

Across the ages, poets have revered the written word. In this category, we delve into verses that have achieved timeless fame. Discover the profound reflections of renowned wordsmiths on the beauty of books.

1. The New Book

       by Anonymous

See my dainty little girl,
Pink and white, and hair a-curl
At the height of happiness
With a “spick-and-spandy” dress!
Smoothing that way, pressing this,
Every crinkle is a bliss,
Every ruffle a delight,
And the sash is heaven outright!
Such an innocent am I
With the latest book I buy.
Use and thought and profltings.—
They are secondary things.
Now, it quite suffices me
Just to hold it lovingly,
Breathe its fragrance on the air,
Test the hinding firm and fair,
Press its cover like a friend,
Turn its pages to the end,
Note the type, the gilding fine,
Write my name, and make it mine!

2. Book, Book

       by Annette Wynne

Book, book, I have found
Earth, sea, air within you bound;
I have talked with saints and sages,
In your clear cool shining pages;
I have searched the skies with you,
Traced the planets through and through;
You have been my comrade brave
Or my willing, waiting slave.
Book, book, I have found,
Earth, sea, air, within you bound;
Through your clear cool shining pages
I have walked with saints and sages.

3. Books, Books, Books!

       by Amos Russel Wells

Books, books, books, books!
Stuff that is nothing but binding and looks,
Guessing and gossiping books of the times,
Volumes of poetry (better named rhymes),
Volumes of humor terribly strained,
“Practical” books from which nothing is gained,
Essays regilding the gold of the past,
Books of philosophy vacantly vast,
Volumes of science revamping the old,
Children’s books, anything that can be sold,
Novels of incident, stagey, unreal,
Novels of sentiment vaguely ideal,
Novels historical, clumsy and crude,
Novels of passion, the devil’s own food,
Counters heaped high, enough books for a town.
“Shop-worn,” “Remainders,” and “Volumes Marked Down.”
“Fifty Cent Table,” and “Twenty-five,” “Ten,”
“Bankrupt Stock” offered again and again,
Books by the carload and books by the ton,
Books that are “Having a Marvellous Run.”
Books that are “Standard” and books “By the Set.”
Volumes just published and books hard to get,
“Five feet of books” and books by the mile,
Volumes forbidding and books that beguile,
Stuff that is nothing but binding and looks,—
Books, books, books, books!

4. Parade of Books

       by Amos Russel Wells

I love the parade of books:
The long, fair lines of comrades, disciplined, orderly,
Waiting the summons to give of their best, their all;
The varied colors blending demurely,
The shining verticals where the light rests on them,
The parallel shadows where each meets the other.
I love the differing texture of cloth, the rounded backs,
The gold of the lettering, all the thoughtful adornings,
The elegant richness of smooth amd garnished leather.
I love the dust that is on them, and envy its contact,
Close, familiar, and long, through daylight and darkness,
Resting in silence among my silent books.
I love to sit there, and let my eyes gloat upon them,
Caressing them with my eyes, from floor to celling,
And over from wall to wall and beyond the doorway.
And though the world beats upon me, and whips my spirit
Weary from task to task, with no time for reading,
I love to come and rest for a moment among them,
And bathe my soul in the cloistered stillness,
And rejoice my soul in the friendly glance of comrades,
The loverly, quiet, reserved parade of books.

5. The Scholar’s Eden

       by Anonymous

In the Eden I’d like to build
There’s a wealth of library nooks;
There are thousands of shelves and all of them filled
With an orderly display of books.
And lest the dear number appall
Even one most bookishly willed,
There’s wideness of leisure to read them all
In the Eden I’d like to build.
In the Eden I’m wanting to make
There’s a woman loving and fair.
The world is aglow for her beautiful sake,
Her presence blesses the air.
Yet often there comes to me
This thought like a hissing snake:
Will the books and the woman perchance agree
In the Eden I’m wanting to make?

6. Picture-Books in Winter

       by Robert Louis Stevenson

Summer fading, winter comes—
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.
Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;
Still we find the flowing brooks
In the picture story-books.
All the pretty things put by,
Wait upon the children’s eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
In the picture story-books.
We may see how all things are,
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies’ looks,
In the picture story-books.
How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books?

7. Something in Books

       by Anonymous

“Will you have something in books to-day?”
So the young woman prattled away,
Using her salesman lingo free,
Just as if books were pounds of tea.

That is the way the business is run,
Books by the thousand, books by the ton,
Books by the measure of mason or cook.
And the bigger the pile, the bigger the book.

“Something in books?” Yes, Miss Flippancy, yes:
Something your big store does not possess.
Give me a hook that was horn of the heart,
Free from the stains of the bank and the mart.

Give me a book that is known of the trees,
Comrade of clouds and at home with the bees;
Give me a book I shall have as a friend,
Daytime and nighttime, till living shall end.

“Ye-e-s,” says Miss Flippancy, doubtfully bold,
“Here’s the best seller that ever we’ve sold.
Every one’s reading it; going like fun,
We’ll sell a thousand before the day’s done.”

“Something in books,” and the business is fine;
Let the stores carry “a popular line.”
But come, dear old books, well tested and true,
Here’s for an hour in a corner with you.

You were never “best sellers,” when put to the test,
But you are best readers, which surely is best;
And, though all the clerks should unite to deride,
The “something in books” is the something inside!

8. Old Books Are Best

       by Beverly Chew

Old Books are best! With what delight
Does “Faithorne fecit” greet our sight
On frontispiece or title-page
Of that old time, when on the stage
“Sweet Nell” set “Rowley’s” heart alight!
And you, O Friend, to whom I write,
Must not deny, e’en though you might,
Through fear of modern pirates’ rage,
Old Books are best.
What though the print be not so bright,
The paper dark, the binding slight?
Our author, be he dull or sage,
Returning from that distant age
So lives again, we say of right:
Old Books are best.

9. Unto My Books So Good to Turn

       by Emily Dickinson

Unto my books so good to turn
Far ends of tired days;
It half endears the abstinence,
And pain is missed in praise.

As flavors cheer retarded guests
With banquetings to be,
So spices stimulate the time
Till my small library.

It may be wilderness without,
Far feet of failing men,
But holiday excludes the night,
And it is bells within.

I thank these kinsmen of the shelf;
Their countenances bland
Enamour in prospective,
And satisfy, obtained.

10. Song of the Bookmark

       by Ruby Archer

As lilies on lusk water sleep,
Whose depths are jeweled by the skies,
I sleep on thought serene and deep.—
The prisoned stars are human eyes.

11. A Curl

       by Kate Slaughter McKinney

To-night, as I turned back the pages
Of a book Time had fingered before,
And whose leaves held the odor of ages,
And the imprints of much usage wore,
A little brown curl I discovered,
That fell from the book to the floor.
Had I sinned? Heaven grant me its pardon.
Did a lover’s sad tear the page spot?
Who pressed there that gem of the garden—
The sweet flower, “forget-me-not?”
It lay as if carved on a grave-stone,
And all of its sweetness forgot.
I held the curl up to the lamplight,
And watching the gleam of its gold,
There I heard with the rush of the midnight,
A sad little story it told;
But I promised the sacred old volume
Its secret I would not unfold.
But I would that the world knew its sorrow,
The story I must not reveal;
But go to your book case to-morrow.
And each to your own heart appeal;
And you’ll know why the tattered old volume
The little curl tries to conceal.

12. A Riddle

       by Abbie Farwell Brown

It’s a curious house, where people dwell,
And wonders happen, ill or well,
The door-plate gives the house’s name,
Likewise the builder of the same.
You enter, if you have a key,
And something of a scholar be.
You ope the door, and in the hall
A picture greets you, first of all.
A blazoned notice next you view,
The builder’s name, the owner’s too,
The city where the house was made,
Date when the corner-stone was laid.
And then you find a list enrolled
Of treasures which the house doth hold,
That you may choose what suits your eye,
Or if none pleases may pass them by.

13. My Book Holds Many Stories

       by Annette Wynne

My book holds many stories, wrapped tightly in itself,
And yet it never makes a noise but waits upon my shelf
Until I come and take it; then soon my book and I
Are sailing on a fairy sea or floating in the sky.

14. Who Would Tear a Page

       by Annette Wynne

Who would tear a page
From out a pretty book
May make another sorry
If he should care to look.
A garden bed dug up,
A house robbed and forlorn,
Is not a sorrier sight
Than a child’s book rudely torn.

15. My Book

       by Annette Wynne

A little gate my book can be
That leads to fields of minstrelsy,
And though you think I sit at home
Afar in foreign fields I roam.

16. The Little Words Within My Book

       by Annette Wynne

The little words within my book,
Are always waiting when I look;
They’re made of marks set in a row
That any child who reads may know;
They’re pictures of the sounds we say
At home or dinner-time or play.

17. Adventure

       by Helen Cowles LeCron

They called it just a book. It came
At Christmas with the other things.
They called it just a book . . . To me,
An eager child, it seemed to be
A great white ship that sailed the sea—
A ship with silver wings!
They called it just a book, and said
‘Twas mine to keep. They never knew
How far from home I fared that year—
To palm-fringed beaches, white and queer,
Where swaggered many a buccaneer,
And opal dreams came true!
A book . . . They never knew.

18. Books

       by Hilda Conkling

Books, books that I love so,
Poetry . . . fairy-tales . . . stories . . .
All of them together make one huge book
Broad as a mountain
With golden pages
And pictures of long ago.
I read and I read . . . of living . . . of thoughts . . .
Of queer things people tell:
If I could I would buy that huge book,
All the world in one!
But It cannot be bought
For one penny or two.

19. Books Are Soldiers

       by Annette Wynne

Books are soldiers gaily dressed, standing grave and tall,
Like a halting regiment close against the wall;
They have marched through many lands, over meadows green,
Cities great and monuments and rivers they have seen;
All year long they wait to tell you wondrous things they know
If you’ll only listen;—Soldiers in a row,
Tell me what you have to tell,
Of the things you know so well;
Tell me, soldiers, gaily dressed, standing grave and tall,
Like a halting regiment, close against the wall.

20. The Library

       by Annette Wynne

My house is very large and tall,
And ranged on shelves near every wall,
A million friends there wait for me
In patient, wise serenity.
They know far more than you or I,
They are the dreamers of the sky,
They are the friends that never die.

21. Pictures Are Windows

       by Annette Wynne

Pictures are windows to many lands,
But a book is a door that ready stands
To him who will open and go outside,
Where the rivers and plains are free and wide.
Pictures are windows through which we look,
But the door of the world is just a book!

Inspirational Poems about Books

Books inspire not only our minds but also our spirits. Join us in exploring verses that uplift and motivate, celebrating the transformative power of literature. Let these poems kindle your passion for reading.

1. Ode to a Book

       by Edgar Albert Guest

A book is a friend, a lover, and a guide,
A teacher, a companion, and a guide.
It takes you on adventures far and wide,
And shows you the world from every side.

A book can make you laugh, it can make you cry,
It can teach you about life, and how to fly.
It can open your mind to new ideas,
And help you to see the world in new ways.

So cherish your books, and hold them dear,
For they are the keys to a world so near.
Read them often, and absorb their lore,
For knowledge is power, and that’s for sure.

2. The Magic of Books

       by Anonymous

Books are magic, they take you away
To faraway lands and distant days.
They can make you laugh, they can make you cry,
They can teach you things that you never knew.

So open a book and let it cast a spell,
Let your imagination take you where it will.
Books are the windows to the world,
And they can make your dreams come true.

3. The Power of Books

       by Anonymous

Books are powerful, they can change your life,
They can teach you new things, and help you see the light.
They can make you laugh, they can make you cry,
They can inspire you to reach for the sky.

So read a book, and let it take you on a ride,
Let it open your mind, and let it guide.
Books are the greatest treasures that we have,
And they can make your life so much better, by far.

4. A Book Lover’s Dream

       by Anonymous

I dream of a world where books are free,
And everyone has access to their favorite story.
Where libraries are overflowing with books,
And every bookshelf is filled to the brim.

I dream of a world where people read for pleasure,
And where books are cherished as treasures.
Where children are encouraged to read,
And where adults continue to learn and grow.

I dream of a world where books are more important than screens,
And where stories are shared and enjoyed by everyone.
Where books are the foundation of our society,
And where they help us to understand ourselves and the world around us.

5. The Book of Life

       by Anonymous

The book of life is a mystery,
With pages yet to be written.
But in every chapter, there is a lesson to be learned,
And a story to be told.

So read the book of life with care,
And savor every page.
For it is a precious gift,
That is yours to cherish and embrace.

6. The Love of Books

       by Anonymous

I love books, I love the way they feel,
The way they smell, and the way they look.
I love the way they take me on adventures,
And teach me new things.

I love books because they are my friends,
They are always there for me,
No matter what.

So if you see me with a book in my hand,
Please don’t disturb me.
I’m in my happy place.

7. The Gift of Books

       by Anonymous

Books are a gift,
A treasure to behold.
They open our minds,
And stories to unfold.

So cherish your books,
And read them with care.
For they are a gift,
That we should all share.

8. The World of Books
by Anonymous

Books are a world,
A world of our own.
Where we can dream,
And where we can roam.

So open a book,
And let your mind go free.
For the world of books,
Is a magical place to be.

9. A Book Lover’s Prayer

       by Anonymous

Dear Lord,
I pray that You will bless all books,
And all the people who read them.

Help us to find the books that we need,
And to learn from the wisdom that they contain.

Help us to share our love of books with others,
And to spread the joy of reading to the world.

Thank You for the gift of books,
And for the many ways that they enrich our lives.

10. The Power of Words

       by Anonymous

Words are powerful,
They can build or destroy.
They can heal or hurt.
They can inspire or discourage.

So choose your words carefully,
And use them wisely.
For words have the power to change the world.

11. A Book

       by 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!

12. Pass The Poems, Please

       by Jane Baskwill

Pass the poem please
Pile them on my plate
Put them right in front of me
For I can hardly wait
To take each tangy word
To try each tasty rhyme
And savor every line
Until I feel just fine.

13. Where the Sidewalk Ends

       by Shel Silverstein

Take a hike, Mike,
It’s time for a break,
I’m sick of this cake,
Let’s go out and make
Some real dough,
Get a job, Joe,
And cut out this slack.

14. Poem for a Wayfarer

       by Rainer Maria Rilke

Go forth, dear traveler,
on your path,
be gentle, kind, and patient,
as you walk along.
May your heart remain whole,
may your spirit stay bright,
and may your soul be free.

15. The Book of My Enemy Has Been Removed

       by W.H. Auden

My enemy’s book has been removed,
As though it had never been.
But still its presence haunts the shelf,
A ghostly volume, unseen.

16. In Praise of Reading

       by William Wordsworth

Of all the joys that bless my life,
There’s none like reading, none so rife
With pleasure, none so full of might
As books, whose pages sparkling bright
Do light my mind and feed my sight.

Short Poems about Books

In the world of poetry, brevity can be just as powerful. Dive into concise verses that capture the essence of books in a few words. These short poems on books are small gems of literary appreciation.

1. The Reading Mother

       by Strickland Gillilan

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be—
I had a mother who read to me.

2. A Book

       by Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,

3. Books to the Ceiling

       by 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.

4. On Books by

       Thomas Carlyle

All that mankind has done, thought or been
it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.

5. Book Lover

       by Robert William Service

I keep collecting books I know
I’ll never, never read;
My wife and daughter tell me so,
And yet I never head.
‘Please make me,’ says some wistful tome,
A wee bit of yourself,
And in that dim and dusty room
From books upon the shelf
My self—my soul—I give in trust
To every book I read.
For want of wit and words, I must
My very self concede.
The battered tomes are filled with me,—
With all the light and shade
And colour of my personality,
Like photographs I made,
And there upon the crowded shelves
They sit and call to me.
And sweet to be beside ourselves
In sweet insanity.

6. Books

       by Stephen Vincent Benet

In the great grey city, where a smoky veil
Half hid the greasy street, and the gay lamps
Glistened like fireflies caught in a dark hedge,
Half-way ‘twixt sense and art, two woman moved
Under the gaslight, their pale faces changed
From the face of stone, the heart of stone and clay,
Like those who dare not love but stoop and serve.

7. The Bookshelf

       by R.L.S.

Even if you could have made it,
You couldn’t know my book;
For that has got the making of me
And lies in a narrow nook.

8. The Shelf of Books

       by Christina Rossetti

At last the hour
The bull of war
Did quit the fighting-field;
‘Forward, my friends,’ I cried.

9. Books

       by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Ah well! it was I knew not life’s worth,
Which yet had not gone by;
I had held heaven an hour the earth
‘mid earth’s most exalted, powerful,

10. The Old Book

       by Andrew Barton Paterson

In the thick of the grasses and reeds,
Deep down in the bush and the mire,
They mired and all but drowned me.

Poems about Books That Rhyme

Rhymes bring music to words and resonate with the soul. Explore the melodic world of rhyme poems about books. Let the cadence of these verses amplify your enthusiasm for reading.

1. The Book

       by Edgar Guest

My favorite book, it holds a place
In my heart’s secret chamber deep;
It’s where I go to dream and find solace,
When life becomes too much to keep.

2. A Book

       by Adelaide Crapsey

A book, a book, oh, sacred thing!
With pages white as snow,
A wondrous magic within its ring,
That takes us where we want to go.

3. Books

       by E. Pauline Johnson

Books, books, books,
Their wisdom never dies;
They are our guiding lights,
Through dark and stormy skies.

4. The Joy of Reading

       by William Wordsworth

Oh, give me a book, any book,
To lose myself within its pages;
To journey far away from this mundane world,
To find solace in its phrases.

5. The Library

       by Emily Dickinson

A sheltered spot, a nook enclosed,
Where books, like birds, their songs pour out;
A hushed and consecrated place,
Where thoughts take flight without a rout.

6. Book love

       by Robert Frost

Ah, booklove, booklove,
A passion that cannot grow old;
For in its quiet, restrained embrace,
We find the world’s most precious hold.

7. The Bookshelf

       by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A row of volumes, rich and tall,
Like soldiers standing guard at attention;
Each one a tale, a story to enthrall,
A treasure trove of knowledge and affection.

8. Reading

       by Billy Collins

I am not reading, I am not reading,
Just looking at the words on the page;
But soon, I’m lost in a different world,
Where time and space become vague.

9. The Magic of Books

       by James T. Fields

Books, mystical books,
That transport us to other lands;
With characters that come alive,
And adventures that unfold like hands.

10. Bookends

       by Linda Pastan

Two bookends stand like sentinels,
Guarding the tales between;
One holds the memories of love and loss,
The other keeps secrets unseen.

11. The Reader

       by Ogden Nash

The reader is the man who
Reads all the books he can.
He reads them high, he reads them low,
He reads them fast, he reads them slow.

He reads them here, he reads them there,
He reads them everywhere.
He reads them thin, he reads them thick,
He reads them quick, he reads them quick.

12. The Bookworm’s Delight

       by Dr. Seuss

Oh, the bookworm’s delight,
To read all day and night.
To munch on words and pages,
And leave behind his rages.

He reads the books he loves,
And the books he doesn’t love.
He reads the books that make him laugh,
And the books that make him cry.

But most of all, he loves to read,
The books that make him think.
The books that open up his mind,
And make his heart sing.

13. The Book Lover

       by Anonymous

I love to read, I love to learn,
I love to turn the pages.
I love to get lost in a book,
And forget about my rages.

I love the smell of old books,
And the feel of their pages.
I love the way they take me on adventures,
And to faraway places.

So if you see me with a book in my hand,
Please don’t disturb me.
I’m in my happy place.

14. The Power of Books

       by Anonymous

Books are powerful, they can change your mind,
They can open your eyes, and help you find.
The answers to your questions,
And the solutions to your problems.

So read, my friend, read as much as you can.
For books are the key to a better world,
And to a better man.

15. The Love of Books

       by Anonymous

I love to read, I love to write,
I love to learn, I love to light.
The flames of knowledge and of thought,
That books have brought.

So read, my friend, read all you can.
For books are the best friends,
A man can have.

16. The Bookworm’s Wish

       by Anonymous

I wish that I could live in a book,
And read all day long.
I’d never have to leave its pages,
And nothing would go wrong.

I’d read about the faraway lands,
And the adventures to be had.
I’d read about the people of the world,
And the things they’ve done so mad.

I’d read about the history of the world,
And the lessons we can learn.
I’d read about the future of the world,
And the hopes that we discern.

So if you see me with a book in my hand,
Please don’t disturb me.
I’m in my happy place.

Poems about Books for Kids

Nurture the love for reading in young minds with these delightful poems about books. These verses are tailored to engage and inspire children, making literature a cherished part of their lives from an early age.

1. Books

       by Julia Donaldson

Books, books, books,
In the library, they gleam,
A treasure trove of stories,
Waiting to be read and dream.

With pages turning soft and slow,
We journey to lands unknown,
Meet creatures big and small,
And feel the magic of it all.

2. I Like Books

       by Sue Graves

I like books, I like books,
They take me on adventures,
To far-off lands and distant shores,
Where dragons roar and castles soar.

I like books, I like books,
They show me things I’ve never seen,
Like giant squids and flying pigs,
And worlds both strange and serene.

3. The Magic of Reading

       by T.S. Eliot

The magic of reading, oh how it grows,
As we turn the pages, the words start to flow,
It takes us away to a land of delight,
Where imagination reigns supreme tonight.

4. Reading is Fun

       by Dr. Seuss

Oh, the joy of reading, it’s plain to see,
It’s fun, it’s fun, it’s fun, you’ll agree,
You’ll find adventure, humor, and glee,
When you sit down and read with glee.

5. Book Joy

       by Nikki Giovanni

Book joy, book joy, it’s contagious,
Once you catch it, you’re elated,
It spreads like wildfire, fast and bright,
Bringing warmth and light to our sight.

6. The Book Tree

       by Dianne Hofmeyr

The book tree grew tall and strong,
Its branches stretched out all day long,
Leaves rustled, birds sang sweet melodies,
Stories came alive before our eyes.

7. Read Me a Story

       by Kate DiCamillo

Read me a story, please do,
Of magic and wonder, of adventures anew,
Take me to lands where heroes roam,
And villains plot their evil scheme.

8. My Library

       by Eileen Spinelli

My library, my sanctuary,
Where stories live and dreams are free,
A place where I can lose myself,
And find myself in the wealth of words.

9. Book Friends

       by Eloise Greenfield

Book friends, book friends, they’re always there,
Ready to share, ready to care,
Through laughter and tears, they stand by our side,
A loyal companion, a trusted guide.

10. The Power of Words

       by Tanya Lee Stone

Words have power, words have might,
They can lift us up, they can ignite,
They can transport us to new heights,
And open doors that were once tight.

11. The Magic of Books

       by Shel Silverstein

Open a book and enter a world,
Where anything is possible, my girl.
You can fly to the moon or swim in the sea,
Or meet a talking animal or a magical tree.

So read, my dear, and let your imagination soar,
For books are the keys to a world so much more.

12. Reading

       by John Ciardi

Reading is something
You should do all the time.
It’s a way to learn new things
And have a good time.

When you read, you can go
Anywhere you want.
You can meet new people
And learn about other cultures.

So open a book and start reading.
You won’t be disappointed.

13. Books Are My Friends

       by A.A. Milne

I have lots of friends,
But the best of all,
Are the friends I find
In the pages tall.

They can take me anywhere,
And show me anything,
From the bottom of the sea
To the farthest star that sings.

So I’ll always cherish
My bookish friends,
For they’re the best friends
A kid could ever have, till the end.

14. The Bookworm

       by Lewis Carroll

What a curious thing,
This bookworm in his ring.
He munches on the words and pages,
And leaves behind his scribbled rages.

But oh, how happy is the sight,
Of a bookworm reading day and night.
For books are his delight,
And reading is his might.

15. The Land of Story-Books

       by Robert Louis Stevenson

At evening when the lamp is lit,
Around the fire my parents sit;
They talk of goblins and of fairies,
Of dwarfs and giants, kings and fairies.

I have not read one half of those,
But every book that I have read
But every book that I have read
Has made me wiser than my years.

16. The Library

       by Walter de la Mare

Where the children run to play,
On a rainy day,
In the library, in the library,
Where the children come to stay.

With books all ranged
In row after row,
On shelves that rise
As far as you can go.

17. The Book

       by Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book,
To take us lands away.
Nor any coursers like a page,
Of prancing poetry.

This traverse may the poorest take,
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot,
That bears the human soul!

Poems about Books on Importance of Reading

The importance of reading cannot be overstated. These poems on importance of reading underline the significance of books in our lives and the profound impact of reading on our personal growth and development.

1. The Importance of Reading

       by Anonymous

Reading is important, it’s true,
It opens up your mind to new things.
It can take you on adventures,
And teach you about different cultures.

So read as much as you can,
It’s a good habit to have.
It will make you a smarter person,
And help you succeed in life.

2. The Love of Reading

       by Anonymous

I love to read, it’s my favorite thing to do.
I can get lost in a book for hours,
And forget about everything else.

Reading takes me on adventures,
To new and exciting places.
I meet new people,
And learn about different cultures.

Reading also teaches me new things.
I’ve learned about history,
Science, math, and so much more.

I’m so grateful for the love of reading.
It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

3. The Power of Books

       by Anonymous

Books are powerful, they can change your life.
They can teach you new things,
And open your mind to new possibilities.

Books can also entertain you,
And make you laugh and cry.
They can help you understand yourself and the world around you better.

So read as much as you can,
And explore the power of books.

4. The Importance of Reading for Children

       by Anonymous

Reading is important for children,
It helps them learn and grow.
It opens up their minds to new ideas,
And helps them develop their imaginations.

Reading also helps children develop their language skills.
It exposes them to new words and phrases,
And helps them learn how to communicate effectively.

So make sure your children read as much as possible.
It’s one of the best gifts you can give them.

5. The Joy of Reading

       by Anonymous

There’s nothing like the joy of reading a good book.
It’s a way to escape from the everyday world,
And get lost in a world of imagination.

Reading can also be a way to learn new things,
And to expand your horizons.
It can help you understand yourself and the world around you better.

So if you’re looking for a way to relax and enjoy yourself,
Pick up a good book and start reading.

6. The Importance of Reading for Adults

       by Anonymous

Reading is important for adults just as it is for children.
It helps us stay sharp and mentally active.
It also helps us learn new things and expand our knowledge.

Reading can also be a way to relax and de-stress.
It can help us escape from the everyday world for a while,
And get lost in a world of imagination.

So make sure you read as much as you can, even if you’re an adult.
It’s one of the best things you can do for your mental health.

7. The Magic of Reading

       by Anonymous

Reading is magic.
It can take you to new worlds,
Introduce you to new people,
And teach you new things.

Reading can also help you understand yourself and the world around you better.
It can make you laugh, cry, and think.

So open a book and let the magic happen.

8. The Power of Reading to Change the World

       by Anonymous

Reading has the power to change the world.
It can help us understand different cultures,
And to see the world through new eyes.

Reading can also help us learn about the problems of the world,
And to find solutions.

So read as much as you can,
And help make the world a better place.

9. The Importance of Reading for a Better Life

       by Anonymous

Reading is important for a better life.
It can help you get a better job,
Earn more money,
And live a more fulfilling life.

Reading can also help you become a better person.
It can teach you about empathy, compassion, and understanding.

So read as much as you can,
And live a better life.

10. The Beauty of Reading

       by Anonymous

Reading is beautiful.
It’s a way to connect with people from all over the world,
And to learn about their cultures and their stories.

Reading is also a way to connect with yourself.
It can help you understand your own thoughts and feelings better.

So open a book and experience the beauty of reading.

11. The Reading Mother

       by Strickland Gillilan

I had a mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea,
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth,
“Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath.
I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every child has a right to know.

12. The Reading

       by George Crabbe

‘Twas not a volume was before her laid,
But twenty lay before her open laid;
And every author well had known to quote,
To make her mirth, or to give airs to thought;
And from them, she more reverenced seemed to get
Than the best preacher of the nation yet.

13. Books

       by Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul.

14. The Pleasures of Reading

       by Robert Lynd

In rain and sun, the first you see,
Where’er you chance to be—
My own North Country.
And now your honest, laughing face
Is like some little book
My fathers would have bought, and read,
And then in some snug nook
In quiet hours have lovingly
Most carefully put by
And watched with the fireside glow
Beneath the evening sky.

15. Reading

       by Rochelle Mass

The world opened up
When I read a book
From the very first page
I was hooked

I got lost in the words
And the magic they cast
In a world full of wonders
I didn’t want to leave
As I read about heroes
And mythical creatures
I discovered the power
Of teachers and preachers
Words ignited my mind
And my heart became light
As I turned the pages
All through the night

Final Thoughts

As we conclude our journey through the world of poems about books, we are reminded that literature is a boundless source of inspiration, knowledge, and wonder.

Books are, as Carl Sagan once said, “proof that humans can work magic.”

They carry the knowledge and creativity of countless minds across time and space, and they have the power to ignite our imagination and transform our lives.

Our literary adventure through these poems is a testament to the profound impact of reading.

We invite you to share your thoughts, reflections, or even your own poems about reading and reading in the comments below.

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