“Dare To Read” Reading Rainbow’s Community Fan Poem!

This past week, in honor of April being National Poetry Month, and in honor of our Poetry Theme of the Week, we asked our fans on Twitter and Facebook to send us a few words or lines about reading, which we could then put together into a community poem. Our fans did not disappoint us! In fact, the response was so great, and we were so thrilled with the resulting poem, that LeVar wanted to read it to you himself! Click below to see LeVar read part of our very first Reading Rainbow Community Poem:

Pretty great, don’t you think?

The entire text of the poem is below. We had so many wonderful words and lines shared with us that it was very difficult keeping the poem to just one page, but we hope you love the final result as much as we do! We invite you to share our poem with everyone you know. After all, what could be better than poetry, teamwork, and the magic of reading all rolled into one!

Thank you to all of our brilliant and creative fans who responded to our call. We couldn’t have done it without you!


Dare to Read…
A Community Poem by the Reading Rainbow Fans

How magical the act of reading…

Markings scribed on page or screen—
With dancing pencil,
weeping pen,
Soaring heart.

Worlds far away, worlds close by–
Imagine a world without reading? I wouldn’t even try.

Reading is everything —
It’s breathing
It’s loving and sharing, exploring and knowing.

Books reveal the dreams of another
Read the story and you’ll understand someone better.

Books are everything, books are the best!
My favorite hiding place—
A new world—
A miraculous vessel with imagination as fuel—
… Or a retreat, a luxury, yoga for the mind.

Through reading and books, new realities are revealed…

In books I see lands where food is the weather,
A place where everyone is lighter than a feather.
Where characters are friends I can visit when lonely.
They live always in the pages, there for me only.

A bundle of pages with black marks? Never!
A book is more than what it appears to be,
A book reveals you, and a book reveals me.

A book today keeps the dull away…
But a book all night means the story’s just right.
Reading by candlelight—
Take a magical flight into the night.

Dare to Read! Dare to Dream! Dare to Explore!

Live in a book…
Live in a word…
Live in the world…

thumbReading Rainbow’s mission is to inspire a love of reading in children and connect them to the world they live in through quality literature so they believe that they, “can go anywhere, be anything.”

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2 thoughts on ““Dare To Read” Reading Rainbow’s Community Fan Poem!

  1. Patricia Moore April 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Wow! I love it! Beautifully done. Congratulations everyone!

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