Although I learned a lot in school
 As many might presume,
I owe the most to those who came
 And taught me in my room.

Hemingway showed me the world,
 Bradbury showed me Mars,
Dickens spoke of sacrifice,
 And Hugo's tales left scars.

Twain bestowed eternal youth,
 Poe built my suspense,
C.S. Lewis built my faith,
 Doyle showed common sense.

Shakespeare made me laugh and cry
 While Stoker roused my fear,
Browning whispered tips on love
 And Bombeck brought me cheer.

Although no longer on the earth,
 Their spirits still burn bright
Between the covers of the books
 That taught me things at night.