Kids

Book Spine Poetry

Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you create or accidentally discover by arranging book titles to make a poem. Start by collecting a few books, DVDs, or CDs (up to 7). Choose them at random or search out some with interesting titles – look in the library stacks or your book collection at home. Set the books with the spines facing you and keep moving the book titles around until you find the “lines” that go together best to make a poem. 
For inspiration here you can view a few websites where other people have posted pictures of their book spine poems or see examples in the library.

Easy Fiction

Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Meeting Cézanne by Michael Morpurgo ; illustrated by François Place

The Order of the Owls by Elisa Puricelli Guerra ; illustrated by Gabo León Bernstein ; translated by Chris Turner

The great Egyptian grave robbery by created by Jeff Brown ; written by Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Macky Pamintuan

The mystery of the crystal castle: Bavaria, Germany by Carole Marsh

Michigan Nonfiction For Kids

Corner to Copa: the last game at Tiger Stadium, the first at Comerica Park by illustrations by Mike Thompson ; editor: Tom Panzenhagen

Michigan Wolverines by Ken Rappoport

Mackinac Bridge: the five mile poem by written by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Under Michigan: the story of Michigan's rocks and fossils by written and illustrated by Charles Ferguson Barker

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