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Poetry Friday: Shadow on the Stairs

Check out the Poetry Friday round-up at My Juicy Little Universe.

To get things warmed up for National Poetry Month, I’m posting a book spine poem every Friday until April. Want to get in on the act? Maybe give it a shot with kids? Click here for some tips on creating your own.

If you do give it a go, take a picture and post it to your blog, or send it my way via email (scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com). On Tuesday, April 2nd I’ll posting a gallery with all your work, and continue to add to it for the entire month.

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. Wonderful! I had forgotten about these, Travis. Almost time for poetry month means “book spine” poetry. What a tricky title “Bedtime Is Canceled” is.

  2. Matt Forrest says

    Great idea, Travis! I’ll have to try my hand at this!

  3. Such a clever idea and poem! “The Shadow on the Stairs” – my daughters have lived this! Thanks for sharing. =)

  4. Love this tradition!

  5. I have to try some of these!

  6. Heidi Mordhorst says

    Well, I didn’t get time to make one on Friday in the middle of hosting both PF and a big party, but I look forward to giving this “librarian’s special” a try.

  7. Clever!