The first week of March was Read Across America Week, and if you have children in school, this was likely on your radar. In our school we had guest readers from the community, fun dress-up days, cupcakes to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and a game night with a dinner that revolved around the author Roald Dahl and his fantastic books. All of the hullabaloo around reading made me pick up my pen and jot down ‘I am a reader.’ Then the following poem came to mind.  

I am a reader
Of lands far away
Some I’d like to visit
Others perhaps I’d stay

I am a page-turner
Of books big and small
There simply aren’t enough hours
For me to read them all

I am a learner
Of words that dig deep
Those that make me think
And test what values I keep

I am a reader

The heartbreaking, the uplifting
In others’ shoes I’ve read miles

I am a language lover
Of words so well-written
The pictures in my mind so vivid
With books I am smitten

I am a bookworm
Of the highest degree
Just talking about books
Seems to electrify me

I am a reader
Of truth and of fiction
To see my shelves and stacks
You’d define this an addiction

I am a sharer
Of books that I love
To spark the desire to read in all ages
Is what I make a goal of

I am a traveler
Of pages past and present
The exciting, horrific
The comforting and pleasant

I am a reader
This much is true
When push comes to shove
There isn’t much I’d rather do
    Jacqui and her family milk 800 cows and run 1,200 acres of crops in the northeastern corner of Vernon County, Wisconsin. Her children, Ira (12), Dane (10), Henry (5) and Cora (toddler), help her on the farm while her husband, Keith, works on a grain farm. If she’s not in the barn, she’s probably in the kitchen, trailing after little ones, or sharing her passion of reading with someone. Her life is best described as organized chaos – and if it wasn’t, she’d be bored.