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2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Thank you to each and every brave soul who sent in a book spine poem to help celebrate National Poetry Month during April. This year we had students, teachers, librarians, publishers, and authors give it a shot.

If you want in, there’s still time. Make a poem, take a picture, and sent it my way (scopenotes @ gmail . com). More details here.


Click here for the 2010 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Click here for the 2011 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Click here for the 2012 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Click here for the 2013 Book Spine Poem Gallery

First up are my attempts:

And now for your submissions:

Videos! Students at Kaechele Elementary School created these using Tellagami:

KES1 from Shannon Hyman on Vimeo.

KES4 from Shannon Hyman on Vimeo.

KES5 from Shannon Hyman on Vimeo.

KES8 from Shannon Hyman on Vimeo.

KES8 from Shannon Hyman on Vimeo.

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. Thank you, Travis, for showing us how to make spine poems. (I can tell you are a great teacher.) Although I enjoyed the creative break making my own spine poem (the war poem posted above) afterwards I asked the boys–ages 8 & 12–to make their own spine poems from books in their boat bookcase. Erik and David love to read, but recently I read a fb post by a mother whose teen son was lamenting having to read and write poetry for a class assignment. I figured I better ward off future resistance toward writing poetry. I’ve read many poetry books to the boys, but this was their first effort at writing a poem. Thank you for this terrific idea!

  2. Wonderful as always!
    I loved your first two, and I also burst out laughing in my cubicle at “Time to Eat / British Shorthair Cats.”

  3. Jeanne Brucher says:

    What fun! Thank you so much for sharing the poems our students created.

  4. So glad to be a part of the Spinal Tap Poetry Slam.

  5. Thank you for including the poem our patrons made. I just shared it on out Facebook page!

    So many great book spine poems featured here.

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