Poetry Friday & SOL18: Book Spine Poetry


National Poetry Month is just around the corner and, like many of you, I’m thinking about ways to share the joy of poetry with my students. One of my favorite poetry warm-ups is creating book spine poetry. Here are a few short verses using books old and new.

Hey world, here I am!
Save me a seat.


This is the chick.
Handle with care.

The girl who drew butterflies
Finding wonders
under the egg.


On a magical, do-nothing day,
another way to climb a tree!
What are you waiting for?


voices in the air.
north on the wing.

Congratulations to Keri Snowden! Keri is the winner of a signed copy of Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families by Laura Purdie Salas.

Speaking of Laura, please be sure to visit her at Writing the World for Kids for the Poetry Friday Roundup. Also, thank you to StaceyBetsyBeth, KathleenDeb, Melanie, and Lanny for creating this community and providing this space for teachers and others to share their stories every day in March and each Tuesday throughout the year. Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers to read more Slice of Life posts.

22 thoughts on “Poetry Friday & SOL18: Book Spine Poetry

  1. Spine poetry! Such fun! Like you, I’m busy getting geared up for poetry month. I live poetry every day, but there’s something about spring and poetry that takes it up a notch.

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  2. This is one of those forms that seems to be easy but in reality is very tough to do well. Love these! My favorite is the birdsongs one. I hear so many birds on my morning walks, they seem to be singing just for me.

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  3. Catherine, your spine poems are soooo good! I need to try this idea. Favorites: the first one and the last one.


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