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Poetry Friday: The Day I Was Rich

Be sure to check out the Poetry Friday roundup at A Year of Reading.

National Poetry Month looms (but, you know, in a good way) and I’m counting down to the big event with a book spine poem each and every Friday in March.

Interested in giving the book spine poem thing a shot? Try it with kids? Here are my tips. If you’d like, take some pictures of what you come up with and send them my way (scopenotes at gmail dot com). Or post it to your blog and let me know. On Monday, April 2nd a gallery of submissions will go up for all to see. I’ll continue to add to it for the entire month of April.

For today’s poem, I used books from my K-4th grade school:

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 just loved this idea!! I passed it on the the Media Specialists in my county and they really enjoyed it! I’ll see if I can get some pictures.

  2. LOVE these book spine poems! (All the word fun of blackout poetry, sans Sharpie headache.) BRILLIANT!

  3. So many titles, thus so many lines! Throwing in the ‘Everything on a waffle’ is funny, Travis. Just what one does when rolling in the dough!

  4. Next stop, New York City was my favorite. :) Will definitely join you and try to post at least one book spine poem this April. :)

  5. We should get Dorr on board with this along with poem in my pocket day! :)

  6. Travis, if you would like your book spine poem project included in the roundup that will be posted on the KidLit website, please send me a brief descriptive blurb and the url to irene at irenelatham dot com
    Thanks so much!