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Poetry Friday: The Mix-Up

Check out the Poetry Friday round-up at Gathering Books.

On the first day of National Poetry Month (April 1st), I’m hosting a gallery of book spine poems (or centos, if you want to get technical) submitted by you. If you give it the ol’ college try, take a picture and post it to your blog, or send it my way via email (scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com). Click here for some tips on creating your own. If you try it with kids, send those in too – I’m also putting up a gallery of student work on April 1st, which I’ll add to for the entire month.

In preparation for the big day, I’m posting a new book spine cento every Friday in March. I used books from my daughter’s library for today’s entry, and it’s one of my favorites. Best read by two voices – one voice for the first three lines, another for the last two:

Be sure to check out the Poetry Friday roundup at a wrung sponge.

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. I’m going to try using the NCTE Notables for my first Book Spine Poem!

  2. Sam Bloom says

    Nice work on this one, Travis! You’ve got two of my daughter’s favorites on there: What’s Wrong Little Pookie and I am a Bunny.

  3. Thanks Sam – I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to put together a poem with just our books at home, but the stars aligned.

  4. Taylor Parker says

    I completely love Dr. Seuss books! My mom always bought childrens books and read them to me growing up, and so they have always been my feel good books. My favorite Dr Seuss books is “Yertle the Turtle”. It always made me laugh. After I started having kids, I bought them Dr. Seuss books and read them to my children as well. I believe that reading poetry and other such silly books to children while they are young, teaches them that it’s ok to play with words.