So, today, I’m giving you instructions for poetry that will be showcased later in the week. But you will need to learn about it now so you can be working on it. It’s SUPER FUN!!
This is an intriguing way to “create” or, actually, “find” a poem by arranging and rearranging a stack of books that show the title on the book spine into something clever that might be a “poem.” Just like creating any poetry, you get to decide if it will happy or sad, serious of funny or whatever.
Simply start perusing the titles on your bookshelves and pull out some that have possibilities and start stacking them up to see what you might discover.
Here is a link from the “School Library Journal” where you can browse through several years of photos of book spine poetry for some inspiration if you need ideas: "Spine Poem Gallery"
Here’s a very quick and rather silly one I pulled together out of some kids’ books:
“One Windy Day”
“Samantha Learns a Lesson”
“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”
“Nine True Dolphin Stories”
“All about . . . Dinosaurs”
Since this will take some time we’ll wait until Friday to share them. SO – I suggest that be today being D.E.A.R. “Drop Everything And Read” day in honor of Beverly Cleary (today, April 12th, is her birthday), who wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8, that you write a poem of ANY style about a favorite book. Just a thought. See ya’ tomorrow!!