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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

Fiction

Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus


Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick


Parched by Melanie Crowder


I lived on Buttefly Hill by Marjorie Agosín ; translated from Spanish by E.M. O'Connor ; illustrated by Lee White


The winter horses by Philip Kerr


Secrets of the terra-cotta soldier by Ying Chang Compestine, Vinson Compestine


Karma: a novel in verse by Cathy Ostlere

Beginning Readers

Mi familia calaca = My skeleton family by Cynthia Weill ; paper mache by Jesus Canseco Zarate

 

Starlight Grey: a story from Russia by retold by Liz Flanagan ; illustrated by Valeria Docampo

 

Easy Fiction Soccer Books

Arthur and the best coach ever by text by Stephen Krensky


The ball hogs by Rich Wallace ; illustrated by Jimmy Holder


Captain Awesome, soccer star by Stan Kirby ; illustrated by George O'Connor


Ellie McDoodle: most valuable player by written and illustrated by Ruth McNally Barshaw


Emma dilemma and the soccer nanny by Patricia Hermes


Goalkeeper in charge by Matt Christopher ; text by Robert Hirschfeld

Fiction Books about Games

The challengers by Greg R. Fishbone ; illustrations by Ethen Beavers


The city of gold and lead by John Christopher


The Egypt game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder ; drawings by Alton Raible


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library by Chris Grabenstein


The game of sunken places by M.T. Anderson


Game on! by adapted by Tracey West


Games by Carol Gorman

Picture Books

Mirette on the high wire by Emily Arnold McCully


From there to here by Laurel Croza ; pictures by Matt James


Ming's adventure with the Terracotta Army by Li Jian ; translated by Yijian Wert


Linnea in Monet's garden by text, Christina Bjork ; drawings, Lena Anderson


Green is a chile pepper: a book of colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong ; illustrated by John Parra


Meet me at the moon by Gianna Marino

Baseball Picture Books

Apple batter by Deborah Turney Zagwÿn


The Babe & I by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener


Ballpark by Elisha Cooper


Baseball hour by Carol Nevius ; illustrated by Bill Thomson


Bats at the ballgame by written and illustrated by Brian Lies


Batter up Wombat by Helen Lester ; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger


The Berenstain bears go out for the team by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Playtime: Games and Sports Stories for Beginning Readers

Bruno & Lulu's playground adventures by Patricia Lakin ; illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds

Boris for the win by Andrew Joyner

Go, Jade, go! by written by Tony and Lauren Dungy with Nathan Whitaker ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Olivia plays soccer by adapted by Tina Gallo ; illustrated by Jared Osterhold

Monster games by Melissa Lagonegro ; illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists

Goofy at bat by Susan Amerikaner ; illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists and Loter, Inc

Wellness Fiction for Beginning Readers

Big Bad Wolf by Dosh Archer

Itsy bitsy spider by Dosh Archer

Sick day by David McPhail

Monkey and Elephant get better by Carole Lexa Schaefer ; illustrated by Galia Bernstein

Katie Woo has the flu by Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Clifford goes to the doctor by Norman Bridwell

Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish ; pictures by Lynn Sweat

Baseball Fiction in a Series


The Fenway foul-up
by David A. Kelly ; illustrated by Mark Meyers

Barnstormers. Game 1 by Loren Long, Phil Bildner

Jinxed! by Kurtis Scaletta ; illustrated by Eric Wight

Honus & me by Dan Gutman

The Fenway foul-up by David A. Kelly ; illustrated by Mark Meyers

The catch by Rick Jasper

The roar of the crowd by Rich Wallace

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


Birds of Michigan by Ted Black, Gregory Kennedy ; with contributions from John Acorn ... [et al.]

Michigan Picture Books For Kids

Little Michigan by written by Denise Brennan-Nelson ; Illustrated by Michael Glenn Monroe


Clever Beatrice by written by Margaret Willey ; illustrated by Heather McWhorter


The day the Great Lakes drained away by written and illustrated by Charles Ferguson Barker


Island magic by Martha Bennett Stiles ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci


M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford ; illustrated by Michael Monroe


Meteor! by Patricia Polacco

Michigan Fiction For Kids

The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis


Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff


The locked garden by Gloria Whelan


No cream puffs by Karen Day


The Danger Box by Blue Balliett


Mr. Chickee's messy mission by Christopher Paul Curtis


The wanigan: a life on the river by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Emily Martindale