By Hannah McCann

Reading should never just be
considered an option.
A life without reading, not
understanding words, only
spots on a page, with the power
to change worlds, but they’re
dead without a voice, no meaning
till they’re read.

An Open Letter to Joseph Conrad

By Jess Holmes

Dear Mr. Uber-Goth,

I don’t pretend to understand the intricacies within the mind of any literary genius, but I’ve got to let it out...your endless pessimism is bringing me down.

Dr. Suess-Athon

By Nick Wassmer

When so many things stop and they clatter, up in the jabambaway things hip, hop and shatter. For up in this place a great WHO lurks about For the little who-whoians ask and they pout. For the lorax knows best, so the Lorax puts those who-whoians to the ultimate test!!


By Patrick Barry

As a grade school student I would read comic books. I was no expert in the field nor any sort of serious collector but never the less I enjoyed reading them. I liked all sorts of heroes, Marvel or D.C., but my favorite was The Shadow. I liked almost every comic book hero.


By Bailey Fi

The pencil soars across the black page
painting imagination, uniqueness
illuminating places concealed in the corner of your mind
bringing eccentric beasts into the fabric of reality
blustering winds rush over once serene, quiet glades
rainbows tango in the sky


By Angel Jewel Dew

came to me
in a dream;
tis’ I believe
dreams do


By Alexandra Miller

Turning book pages
taking a journey,
a mystical


By Saadia Siddiqua

home can be anywhere with a song
a constant melody
an extravagant sound

warmth without sun
cold without ice
feel anyway you’d like

Why Reading Is So Important To The World

By Leanne Chun

Reading. Books. Even if the two are generally frowned
upon in our day and age, they shouldn’t be. Books are
the things that raised our nation. John Adams, Thomas
Jefferson, John Hancock, and countless others used books, or

Simple Words

By Rylee Wilson

How could reading be an option?
It definitely could not.
I think of all the books I've read
that will not easily be forgot.


By Alexandra Miller

open one
and hear the sounds of
a market in Cairo.
Open one
and smell the crisp air
of the mountains.
Open one
and see the torrential rain in London.
Open one
and feel the passion of two lovers.


By Alexandra Miller

Crack the spine loudly.
Savor the pages fragrance
Consume the content.

Turn the pages slowly.
Continue reading aloud.
Voice calls me away.

Return to the book.
Curling up to read again
The page comes to life.


By Amanda Akridge

I could spend an eternity upstairs reading.
Under the covers reading, hiding like a bear for winter.
Skimming the pages all day.
In the world of Anne.
Flip, Flip, Flip, Go the pages.
Her always saying Anne spelled with an “e”.

Spoiler alert!

By Romila Santra

screaming letters warn
cautioning, threatening
but I lean in
revel in the reveal 
most don’t like spoilers
but I live for them