Book Spine Poetry

Book Spine Poetry is fun and easy, and you can even get your kids involved with their own books.  It’s like a game of “I Spy” in which you look at the books on your shelves or at the library, and you arrange them in some kind of order that pleases you to make a poem out of the titles listed on their spines.

Here’s great little step-by-step instructions for kids on how to create their own.

I’d love to see what poems you create, feel free to post them on your blog, on Twitter, on Facebook.  Use the tag #bookspinepoetry and #NPM2016.

It will be fun to see what you create. It can be addictive, if you’re not too careful.

Check out the one’s created in 2014.

Here’s an example of two I created: (not very good)


This Is How I’d Love You
The Lost Art of Mixing
Falling Under
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown




This Is the Story of You
The Voice I Just Heard
The Italian Lover
First Impressions




What does your poem look like?


  1. Yours are wonderful, Serena! I did this a while ago, and really enjoyed it. I may try my hand at this again! 🙂

  2. We used to do this as sentence-making, rather than poems. The best one was one my mother spotted in her college library: “The sounds and the fury as I lay dying.” I just tried using more titles to make poems, looking at one shelf, so here’s my first effort: Mortal Love, Little Brother, Sister Age, Memory.