Tuesday, August 23, 2016

If You Were a Book, Which Book Would You Be? Smack Dab in the Classroom by Dia Calhoun

"What is your favorite book?" is a question people often ask. So is, "If you could take only one book with you to Mars what book would you choose?"

Here's a new question: "If you had to BE a book, which book would you be?" Writers tend to think of their books as living things. But this may be a new idea for readers in general.

This question is not simply about being drawn to the hero and wanting to live vicariously. This question involves the entire book.

Could it be the setting you're drawn to? The world in the book? The community of characters? The challenge? Or is it something more subtle that appeals to you? The vitality? The depth? The breadth of vision?

I remember something similar in Fahrenheit 451. In that story,  people would memorize an entire book in order to pass it on. But that's not quite the same as embodying a book.

I wonder if the answer might have something to do with how, as a living book, you'd want to interact with the world? Would you want to be so read and loved that you become dog-eared? Would you want everyone to read you or only certain types of people?

What a fun idea for kids to work with--for anyone to work with.

So by now, you're probably wondering what book I'd want to embody. The truth is, I don't know yet. The idea is to new.  But I'm tremendously curious about what book you might want to be. And why. If you know, leave a comment.


  1. I think I would be either Anne of Green Gables or To Kill a Mockingbird. To have lived a long and memorable life for both...pages dog-eared and worn from rereading and discussion through the ages. A life well lived.

  2. Wow. This is one of those questions that seems so simple on the surface, and the more you think about it, the harder it is to answer!