Last week the Poetry Friday Round-Up led me to the blog 100 Scope Notes where I found an absolutely fabulous new way to create poetry--using the titles on book spines!
Teachers and librarians take note: what better way to get older kids familiar with your collection than to have them browse the shelves looking for titles to incorporate into a poem. Along the way I guarantee some title will pique the student's curiosity enough so that he/she will pick up the book and read it.
Here's a challenge for you. Create your own book spine poem, take a picture and send it to me, or, if you don't have a camera, write down the book titles and if we have those books here, I'll put them together and take a picture of your poem. Send to dmayrATnesmithlibraryDOTorg (replacing the bolded words with the appropriate symbols).
Since some of books are old, faded, and/or worn, and don't show up well in the photo, here are the titles:
Baby Says (John Steptoe)
Don't Forget the Bacon! (Pat Hutchins)
And Less Than Kind (Mercedes Lackey)
The Boys Return (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor)
The Empty Pot (Demi)
Without Remorse (Tom Clancy)