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2012 Book Spine Poem Gallery

National Poetry Month has arrived, and we’re celebrating with book spine poetry. Three (maybe even four) cheers for everyone who gave it a shot.

If you try book spine poetry during the month of April, snap a picture, post it to your blog, or email it to me at scopenotes at gmail dot com. I’ll add to this gallery for the entire month.

Click here for the 2013 gallery

Click here for the 2011 gallery

Click here for the 2010 gallery


Click here for a gallery of student poems on Flickr.

A 5th grade gallery from South Mountain School:

4 Blocks a Day:

Student Gallery 1 | Student Gallery 2 | Student Gallery 3











Sue Papenfuss:

Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers:









(Barb liked spine poetry so much she started her own website devoted to the topic – Cracking the Spine. Click here to see it)




















About to Mock:

(Click here for more)




Hannah from Candlewick Press:

(Click here for more book spine poems from Candlewick Press on Pinterest)



A gallery at


4th Grade Students:

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. Linda Baie says:

    Wow, so many, & so many good ones! Did you put that last one at the end for a last laugh, Travis. Terrific! Thanks for all-very fun!

  2. adrienne says:

    These are so fun. Thanks for doing this.

  3. These are awesome! The ones by Kathy and Hannah made me bust up laughing.

  4. Donalyn Miller says:

    My students are so excited about doing this! We went to the library for our first round of spine poetry, but now the kids are bringing their poems to me every day. Cool idea!

  5. Hi Travis, here is our first attempt at creating a Book Spine Poem – a celebration of mischief and misdemeanor:

  6. Jackie says:

    This is such a brilliant idea. I’ve just shared the post with my readers, and my daughter and I can’t wait to have a go at Book Spine Poetry tomorrow.

  7. Ben Myers says:
  8. Rebecca Fyfe says:

    These were all really fun to read! Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. My very first book spine poem: I really love these!

  10. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    Thanks, Travis! This has become my favorite way to celebrate National Poetry Month.

  11. Kyle says:
  12. Niki Barnes says:

    Thanks for posting my students poems Travis! We really enjoyed it!

  13. Alex Felton says:

    Book Spine Poetry is such a great idea. I’m a librarian at Cochise Community College in southern Arizona. We had a Book Spine Poetry booth at the college’s Festival of Arts & Music held on the 24th and got lots of participants. Photos of the poems are posted on our facebook page.

  14. SammyDee says:

    What a fantastic idea! I’ve never seen something like this before.

    You make me wish I didn’t give all my books away as soon as I’ve read them. I want to have a go my my supplies are limited.

  15. sharon says:

    Ha! Cannot wait to try it out at my library!

  16. Cute idea. I love poems and books and the two make it perfect. Visit my blog to read some of my poems:

  17. Diane says:

    Such a fabulous idea. I just had to have a go.

  18. Allan says:

    I love the book spine pictures “i’m bad” and “and heres to you” such a good idea of putting photos of book spines.


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