Date: November 1st, 2013

This Is the Book

by Laura Purdie Salas

BookSpeak: Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas

She is the writer
with dreams in her head
who wrote them down
so they could be read.
He is the editor
who helps to choose
which of the wonderful
words to use.
She is the designer
who plans on the look
the words will have
throughout the book.
He is the illustrator
who creates the art
that make the words
bloom in your heart.
She is the publisher
who pays all the fees
to print the book
it hopes will please.
He is the buyer
who orders the tale
to put on display
for loan or for sale.
And you are the reader
who browses the shelf
and looks for new worlds
but finds yourself.

Copyright © 2011 Laura Purdie Salas. From the book BookSpeak: Poems About Books. Clarion Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About The Author

Children's author Laura Purdie SalasLaura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids, including BookSpeak! Poems About Books, Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School, and A Leaf Can Be…. Her books’ honors include NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Books, Eureka! Gold Medal, IRA
Teachers’ Choice, Minnesota Book Award, and more. She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at

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