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Poetry Friday: More True Lies

Check out the Poetry Friday roundup at GottaBook.

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 Tuesday, April 2nd a gallery of submissions goes up for all to see. I’ll continue to add to it for the entire month of April.

As for today’s poem…

Accomplishment of the week – I managed to make one that rhymes.


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 have posted three book spine poems on my blog. Here is the link:

    • Travis Jonker says

      These turned out great, Elsie! I’ll be sure to include them in my gallery going up on April 2

  2. Haha! Good one! And haha again b/c I forgot it was Friday, forgot it was Book Spine Poetry Day and worst of all, forgot it was my 28th anniversary! I was remembering all week long, even threatening to buy the hub a cookbook for our anniversary but I woke up this morning totally forgetting until my darling spouse wished me a happy anniversary !

  3. Fun! I have to try these with my students.

  4. Hi, Travis! I have totally used your wonderful Book Spine Poetry in school visits. (I do credit you!) So much fun. I’ll be in a school next Fri. and maybe can get a pic or two there. :0)

  5. I love your spine poetry!

  6. Joining in the fun with my book spine poem. Thanks for the reminder of this fun creative poetry building. reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/immersed-a-book-spine-poem/

  7. I created my first book spine poem today! Thank you Travis, for spreading poetry and creativity with this unique idea! http://ljune.edublogs.org/2013/03/25/the-long-winter-a-book-spine-poem/

  8. haha.. That is really a funny poem came out from the book title. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting.