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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71 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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  6. Sarah Sallly says:

    WOW! Its pretty good! (UVU)

  7. Alexa Hidalgo :) says:

    I Really Like This This Poem is like A World of “Wise Freedom” Like That is Sooo Cool! :3

  8. madison says:

    that poem is soooo me when i read!!!!!

  9. Rebecca says:

    Good peom it tell alot

  10. ALLYSON BROWN says:


  11. Skyler says:

    What is the theme of this poem and what does it means when they say I smile because I see me in her eyes

  12. D’MAURI HARRIS says:

    Nice poem

  13. Axel says:

    I hate poems but this one is good

  14. unicorn says:

    I like poems because they can be turned into songs.

  15. Norah says:

    Wow ‘this is amazing!

  16. Leah H. says:

    I love this poem!!!

  17. Shelly says:

    I really like this poem

  18. lovebug says:

    i think the poem was okay.

  19. Trent Tipton says:

    love bug I agree

  20. ashly says:

    I like this book.

  21. Maleigh says:

    I really like the poem because it is creative

  22. Alliepop says:

    This was a great poem, loved the creativity.

  23. peyton says:

    this is amazing

  24. bullfrog says:

    your poem is awesome love it

  25. jeffery says:

    i liked it

  26. June says:

    This is a good story!

  27. Aubrey says:

    I’ve deffinetly seen better but they were really long and we had to memorise them in order to recite them on Fridays in assembally so that had a lot to do with it. For a nice short and simple poem it’s really good!

  28. EmmaLynn Grace Corley says:

    Great poem i could really understand the narrater’s feelings about reading books.

  29. Hansika says:

    I like it as well, because Nikki shows Nikki’s feelings about how much she likes to read books.

  30. says:

    I LOVE IT!

  31. Devin from espark says:

    I didnt really get it thus i didnt like it

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  33. An anonymous individual says:

    I really like it! It is incredibly diverse and well written.

  34. An anonymous individual says:

    I really like it! It is incredibly diverse and well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  35. Amelia Patterson says:

    It is definitely a good poem to teach kids how FUN reading CAN be!!!

  36. victorios says:

    it was good person named “me”go to heck

  37. dememtrius says:

    this is good

  38. Alex says:

    Really great poem. I enjoyed reading it.

  39. joseph says:

    it was ok

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