Whether you are looking for a rainy-or-too-hot summer day activity, or a beginning of school project, book spine poetry may be just the thing. Book spine poetry is not difficult to construct, but with it you can create poems ranging from the silly to the profound. The concept is simple. Take a book with a title on its spine. Put another book on top and continue stacking until you’ve created a poem that can be read from top to bottom (or side to side).
Artist Nina Katchadourian’s sorted books project has examples of book spine poetry using clever juxtapositions that are fun for adults or older students. But even young children can stack books, and picture book spines can be ideal for stacking. Imagine a stack with the titles:
What fun! Take a look around the house, or take a seat on the library floor, and see what stacks you can make. You may be surprised at the poetry right before your eyes!