Thursday, April 7, 2016

Poetry Friday: Book Spine Poetry for Eight Great Poetry Books!

 for this week's roundup of poetry love
with Laura Purdie Salas.
Thanks for hosting, Laura!

I missed posting last Friday.  Something about writing a slice of life every day in March for the challenge from Two Writing Teachers leaves me exhausted and spent!  I'm always surprised by writer friends who find it energizing and hop right into posting daily for April.  I thought about posting every day in April, but then I missed the first Poetry Friday of the month.  

So here's my plan.  Something about putting it in writing holds me accountable.  I plan to share thirty of my favorite books of poetry during April by sharing eight books today, seven books next Friday, seven books the following Friday, and eight on the last Friday of April.  I like the symmetry of my plan, and it's doable.  I don't plan to put them in any particular order.  As I was stacking up today's books, I realized that I could create a book spine poem.  I'm not promising a book spine poem for every week, but it worked for this week's titles!  What I will promise is to show up each Friday for the rest of the month and share poetry books that I love.  

Wonderful Words
Toasting Marshmallows
Daniel Finds a Poem
Whisper and Shout
One Today
I Am the Book
Jumping Off Library Shelves
When Green Becomes Tomatoes

Wonderful Words, I Am the Book, and Jumping Off Library Shelves, are delightful collections selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins.  I love his collections and look forward to each new book, knowing that I will not be disappointed.  These three deal with three of my passions:  words, books, and libraries.   Toasting Marshmallows by Kristine O'Connell George (watch for more of her books this month) features camping poems.  Patrice Vecchione's Whisper and Shout:  Poems to Memorize is a delightful anthology of some of the best poems of today and the past that are fun to memorize.  Don't miss E. E. Cumming's "maggie and milly and molly and mae," Robert Frost's" The Road Not Taken" and Nikki Giovanni's "Knoxville, Tennessee."  One Today by Richard Blanco and illustrated by Dav Pilkey is a new favorite that I discovered last fall on a trip to DC and wrote about in this post.  The last two books are both recent discoveries that I love.  When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstadt is a sweet celebration of the seasons.   Daniel Finds a Poem written and illustrated in beautiful collages by Micha Archer is Daniel's journey through the week as he seeks answers to  the question, What is poetry?

I hope that you may be inspired to check out a new-to-you book of poetry as you meander through my favorite poetry books this month!


  1. Great plan to share your poetry books with spine poems!

  2. Thanks for sharing these. I like your idea for the next several weeks and look forward to learning about new poetry books.

  3. What fun! And I see a few favorites in here, plus a couple I need to get ahold of! Thanks, Ramona!

  4. Spine poetry is great fun. Good plan for sharing all those wonderful collections.

  5. It definitely sounds like you have a great plan to put into motion. I going to look forward to seeing your creativity and, of course, having the opportunity to find some new book treasures. Your spine poem was a great way to kick things off! ~Amy

  6. What an exuberant spiney poem. :)

  7. Yes--some new ones to me in your spine poem, and I hope to check them out!

  8. What fun you must have had, shuffling and re-shuffling books to get a great poem!

  9. So many books, so many poems, so little time! I'm feeling wonderfully overwhelmed! I've already checked out some of the books in your spine poem -- Daniel Finds a Poem looks like a great fit for my first grade classroom. Thanks!

  10. Love your book spine poem, Ramona! I can't wait to get a copy of When Green Becomes Tomatoes. Looking forward to see what other titles you have in store for us!

  11. I love your accountability plan, Ramona. :) And I especially love the part in your book spine poem about the book jumping off the shelves. Wonderful! I look forward to your later posts. xo

  12. Thanks for sharing these, and I love your book spine poem :)