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2011 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Today, dear reader, is the first day of National Poetry Month. ‘Round these parts, we celebrate the event with book spine poems. Many slaps on the back to those who submitted their poetic masterpieces.

@ A Bushel and A Peck

@ Bookends

@ Curious [St.] George

@ A Year of Reading

@ Welcome to my Tweendom

By Karen R.

By Kristi H.

By Lindsay K.

By Kelly B.

@ Tabatha Yeatts

@ Desirous of Everything

@ TeacherDance

@ proseandkahn

@ Librarian’s Quest

@ Buchlady’s Blog

@ Ms. B’s Book Blog

By Kathy S.

By Kelly @ Stacked

@ The Meandering Lane

@ Nina Katchadourian. Her work was where the idea came from.

Be sure to check out the Poetry Friday Roundup at The Poem Farm.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Oh my gosh! These are hilarious and incredibly inventive. I now want to stay up all night and rearrange books. Will you be posting more of these this month? Many thanks for the giggles… A.

  2. love these. wish i had the time to pull one together, but with these sort of things my inner perfectionist would worry about finding *just* the right titles, and i’d be “revising” all month! great fun, though.

  3. When I first learned of your spine poem posts last year I remember glancing at our bookshelves and trying to combine a few of my own. It is much harder to do than I imagined. Kudos to all those who contributed!

  4. LOVE THESE! Book people are so funny.

  5. I love the amazing variety of every poem. Happy National Poetry Month!

  6. those poems are wonderful and nobody had to write a word!

  7. Love them — especially sharks 1.2.3!

  8. Wow! So many great ones! And obviously, mine didn’t get sent (didn’t get done yet, truth be told)! Ah, well, there’s 20+ more days left in the month to give it a go!

  9. Thank you for sharing this neat idea. I found it via twitter yesterday and gave it a go this morning. It actually caused me to visit the Library!

    I blogged on about what I learned from the experience and the possibilities for others plus added links your website for others to explore.

    Cheers from Singapore

  10. Thanks for the idea! I’m going to try this out with the kids at the library and see what they come up with….

  11. bookberry says:

    Hilarious!! Can’t wait to create some Book Spine Poetry…

  12. Oh, I’d love to do this with the kids I volunteer with at school – a great excuse to really go through the library shelves.

  13. I’ll never again look at a pile of books in the same way. This is so much fun!

  14. Carol VB says:

    This is so great–and perfect for poetry month (especially since i am not fond of poetry myself and have to force myself to teach it). This is a great idea on something with do with the kiddos for an activity.

  15. “2011 Book Spine Poem Gallery — @100scopenotes 100
    Scope Notes” Roller Shade was indeed a quite pleasant posting,
    . I hope you keep creating and I’m going to keep reading! Regards -Patricia


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