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Calling All Book Spine Poems!

Last Friday, I tried my hand at book spine poetry. It was fun. Here’s my humble suggestion to you:

Step #1: Find a bunch of books.

Step #2: Mix ’em up.

Step #3: Arrange them.

Step #4: Rearrange them.

Step #5: Repeat.

Step #6: Take a picture of your awesome book spine poem, post it to your site, or email it to scopenotes@gmail.com by Thursday.

Step #7: See your work in the Poetry Friday book spine gallery.

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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. That’s a great (or should I say “terrific”) photo. It’s funny… it had never occurred to me to turn the spines into sentences, but someone recently commented on a post about shelving books by saying that she organized her books by the stories the spines made. And now, spine poetry! Wild to see this twice in one month.

    Here it is, if you’re curious. She didn’t send me a picture, unfortunately. http://www.pbs.org/parents/booklights/archives/2010/02/more-than-one-way-to-shelve-a-book.html


    • Susan – that’s a cool post. As someone who is always looking for new and innovative ways of cramming all my books on a tiny shelf, I appreciate hearing how others do it!

  2. Okay – my attempts to email are failing for some reason, so here’s a link to my poem on my blog…



  3. Hi, I just wandered over to your site and I thought I’d give this a try. Here’s my attempt:


  4. Thanks for this awesome post and the opportunity to discuss this important subject ,