When I was a young girl, I lived for books. I learned to read at the tender age of four, and I soon learned that a good book was like having a magic carpet that could whisk me away to magical lands. I couldn’t wait until summer when my town library’s reading program would allow me to take home as many books as my little arms could carry. I even won my first literary award at the age of 10 when I wrote an essay about why I loved America. I won first place which was the book, Misty Of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry. It had my name engraved on the book plate and I still cherish that book years later.
While Hansel and Gretel may have wanted to live in a house made of candy, I dreamt of a home made from books. To surround myself with the things I loved most in the world would have been a fantasy come true.
As I grew older I would be able to write my own stories at my desk piled with books. Maybe they would help inspire me to great literary works of art? Or create the foundation of the next epic series?
My chairs would be dedicated to the written word. Great authors who came before me would now bring me comfort as I relax in my chair. I would learn from the best as I soaked up their wisdom.
My library would be the envy of the neighborhood. From Alcott to Wilde, the classics would stand comfortably on the shelf. Lovely books beckoning me to come and visit for awhile.
Even my art would speak of my love for books. Old friends, once vibrant and lively, could be recycled into something new. It would speak to the world that the written word can truly be a thing of beauty.
And when at last the child in me had tired from a day of reading I could lie down to rest. I would know that the things I cherish most in this life, my books, would be there to greet me when I awake. Oh, the sweet dreams I would have in my house that books built.
International best selling, award winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.