Book Pillows

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

With my head on a book
I dream of a place
where a pig loves a spider.

I dream of a face
high in a tower
with ropes of hair falling.

When books become pillows
stories come calling --

Wild Things on a rumpus!
Fat evil kings!
Boy and girl wizards!
Horses with wings!

Stars shine on shelves
as I rest my full head
on book
        after book
each a dream
I once read.

Published with permission from Jumping Off Library Shelves, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Wordsong, 2015

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is author of Forest Has a Song (Clarion, 2013) and the forthcoming Every Day Birds (Scholastic, Spring 2016), Read! Read! Read! (Wordsong, Fall 2017), With My Hands (Clarion, date TBA), Dreaming of You (Boyds Mills Press, date TBA) and another book as yet unannounced. She freely shares poems and poem mini lessons at her blog, The Poem Farm.