Slice of Life: Book Spine Poetry

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hApril is right around the corner, bringing with it showers, baseball, and National Poetry Month! Creating book spine poems is a great way to get your (and your students) poetic juices flowing.



Look! Look! Look!
What do you do with an idea?
It’s a book!




The dreamer,
A swinger of birches
Chasing redbird,
Words with wings,
The secret hum of a daisy


Dragons love tacos,
Alphabet soup,
Apples & oranges.


Steam train, dream train,
You nest here with me,
Goodnight songs,
Sleep like a tiger.

Thank you to StaceyTaraDanaBetsyAnna, and Beth for this space for teachers and others to share their stories each day during the month of March and on Tuesdays throughout the year. Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers to read more Slice of Life posts.

11 thoughts on “Slice of Life: Book Spine Poetry

  1. I have never tried book spine poetry and you make it look so easy! However, I bet a lot of thought went into selecting the books and putting them together. For example, you must also know books – dragons love tacos and then food books with delicious! Inspiring.


  2. That’s cheery Catherine! Perfect! I haven’t played with Spine Poetry in a while so thanks. Could be great for tomorrow’s slice. So glad you stopped by and then I stopped by.


  3. I love doing book spine poems with students! Also, I just received my National Poetry Month poster today in the mail! WOO HOO!


  4. I love spine poetry and I have never tried it. Each time I see it I think, I should do it. Your post is inspiring. Think I’ll give it a try. Love the dreamer poem.


  5. Love all your book spine poems, but especially the rhythm of the last one and that final line “Sleep like a tiger.” I may need to check out that book!


  6. This always looks like fun, but every time I have done it, I have struggled to say what I wanted to say. These are great examples. Isn’t there someone who collects these and showcases on a blog. I’ve forgotten who.


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