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Book Spine Poetry Challenge

2012 April 13
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Everybody’s favorite excuse to speak in rhyming couplets is upon us! That’s right; it’s National Poetry Month. In honor of National Poetry Month this year, my fellow Hub blogger Suzanne Neumann and I have made some exquisite book spine poems for you. For those of you who don’t know, book spine poems are made by stacking books on top of each other and forming a witty, free-verse poem from their titles. Check out this gallery of book-spine poems for examples. Our book spine poems, of course, come with a twist. Suzanne and I both composed three poems based on books. Can you identify which books they are?

Suzanne

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Maria

These were made by members of the Pueblo City-County Library District’s Teen Advisory Board, who are amazing!

Book 1 -- The title of the third book down is "Kat Got Your Tongue?"

Book 2

Book 3

Which book is which? Tell us in the comments!

— Maria Kramer, currently reading Sugar Changed the World for the Best of the Best Reading Challenge

 — Suzanne Neumann, currently reading Guy Langman: Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk

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12 Responses
  1. April 13, 2012

    Love the TFIOS poem!

  2. Jessica permalink
    April 13, 2012

    I’ve read all three of the books the poems are based on! And I *loved* the first two!

  3. April 13, 2012

    Book One: The Fault in Our Stars (that I just finished reading this evening – awesome book!)
    Book Two: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children?
    Book Three: Sounds SO familiar! Can’t place it right now.

    We’re doing a book spine poetry contest, too (this is our third year of doing it and it grows in popularity every year), but hadn’t considered doing a type of riddle like this describing a book. Awesome idea!

  4. April 14, 2012

    Is Book Three in the first group Matched? I’m having more trouble with the second group. Is the first book Hunger Games?

    • Maria Kramer permalink
      April 14, 2012

      The first book is actually “Catching Fire,” but close enough. :-) What do you think, Suzanne? Should we give away the answers now?

      • Suzanne Neumann permalink
        April 17, 2012

        The first three books are:
        1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
        2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
        3. Matched by Ally Condie

        Maria, does your TAB want to spill the beans on the next three?

        • Maria Kramer permalink
          April 17, 2012

          Sure!

          1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
          2. A rather interesting take on Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
          3. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

  5. Faythe Arredondo permalink
    April 14, 2012

    I did this with my teens during Teen Tech Week and a couple of the teens really got in to it!

  6. FMM permalink
    April 15, 2012

    Is there a lesson plan on teaching students to write spine poems? especially upper elementary?

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