At the Library

by Nikki Grimes

It's Raining Laughter by Nikki GrimesI flip the pages of a book and slip inside
where crystal seas await and pirates hide.
I find a paradise where birds can talk,
where children fly and trees prefer to walk.
Sometimes I end up on a city street.
I recognize the brown-skin girl I meet.
She’s skinny, but she’s strong, and brave, and wise.
I smile because I see me in her eyes.





Copyright © 1997 Nikki GrimesFrom the book It’s Raining Laughter. Dial Books for Young Readers. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About The Author

Children's Author Nikki GrimesNew York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, the novels Jazmin’s Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books). Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

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5 responses to “At the Library”

  1. Laura Purdie Salas says:

    I love those crystal seas and flying children! Perfect poem given all the diversity conversation lately, too!

  2. Janet F. says:

    Terrific poem by a favorite poet! I love how Nikki recognizes the wisdom kids have. So much inside and so often it doesn’t come out soon enough.

  3. Abigail says:

    Love it!

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