Have you read Rita Dove's poem, "The First Book"? It's one of my favorites, a deceptively short and simple poem about the transformative power of reading. "Open it," Dove writes. "Go ahead, it won't bite./Well, maybe a little."
Miller, Julie. "From the Editor." Alki: The Washington Library Association Journal," Vol. 25, No. 1 (March 2009), p. 4.