Monthly Archives: May 2014

a school library that enchanted me

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As an author it is especially rewarding to visit a school that displays your work! I visited Auckland’s Dio recently and was thrilled to bits with this display and the book-spine poems. The library hosted a lunch of sandwiches and cakes for the students librarians, the English teachers and members of the School Book Club after my morning visit. It was a terrific idea as I got a chance to talk to some enthusiastic, young writers in an informal setting. Thank you!

my long-weekend poem

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weekend. The perfect time to write a poem!

S c r o l  l

back though all my story poem ideas and see if you can                             F I N D

one you want to       tRy.    (see         b     e       l       o        w )

 

Lots of exciting things coming up on Poetry Box  …. I can’t wait!  But this me, this weekend:

 

My Long Weekend

I will clean the house

and answer emails

and weed the garden

and wash clothes and

cook dinner and find

lost things and write

letters and simmer

a poem and take

a photo and go to a movie

and swim in the ocean

and read a book

and read another

book and lie on the couch

and dream of snow

and very tall mountains

and going on tour

and having one

super power so

I can fly to faraway

places and

faraway people.

 

 

DEADLINE for your Story-Poem Challenge: Wednesday June 4th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the Story-Poem challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for some poets.

Grasshopper’s Week by Tania Norfolk gave me a cool idea for poem … want to try?

 

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A new picture book out from Craig Potton Publishing.

Grasshopper’s Week by Tania Norfolk with illustrations by Chris Norfolk.

This lovely story gave me a really cool idea for a poem challenge.

 

In Tania’s story, a wise, old Tree gives the days of the week new names to teach Grasshopper to notice the world more!

 

Monday is Wild-Wind-Day.

Tuesday is Bug-Day.

Wednesday is Wobble-Day.

and Sunday is Sun-Day!

The new name helps Grasshopper to see and hear the world about him .. it’s like a little lesson.

It is a delightful book! With gorgeous illustrations.

 

The challenge: Try thinking up new names for the days of the week and deciding what happens on these new-name days. What characters will you have?

Turn it into a story poem!

 

DEADLINE for your Story-Poem Challenge: Wednesday June 4th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the Story-Poem challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for some poets.

 

Here you go … when my new books are out in the world!

… I’ve had a few emails asking …

so …..

The Letterbox Cat and other poems (Scholastic) will be out in August. I am launching it at Auckland Family Day and will be on the hunt for young Auckland poets to help me launch it (watch this space!).

A Treasury of New Zealand Poetry for Children (Random House) is out in October. I will be doing all kinds of things to celebrate the arrival of this book (watch this space!). And I will need your help!

o H  w H a T    F u N f U n F u N f U n F u N f U n F u N     f  f     u  u    n  n!

questions questions questions … and a frozen cat

When you write stories you often have questions in your head.

what? when? why? who? what next? how? what if?

What happens if you try writing a story poem and you play with some of these questions and mix them up and ask them more than once?

This is a poem-story-question adventure! Give it a go!

Does it make your story-poem more interesting?

Does it make your story-poem more boring?

Is there too much going on?

What can you leave out to make it more interesting?

Mix up the order of the questions.

I had a go here (I could change the order and see what happens!):

 

A dog tripped

over the cat

because the cat

saw a big blue hat

that looked like

a blue hat monster,

so the cat froze,

even though

the sun was shining.

 

Or

 

When the sun was shining

on a big blue terrifying hat,

a cat froze in fright

and a dog tripped over

the icy sight.

 

(I think I like the first one better! It does make a difference what order you tell things)

(I looked again this morning and now I prefer the second one!)

 

DEADLINE for your Story-Poem Challenge: Wednesday June 4th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the Story-Poem challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for some poets.

 

 

 

oooh exciting! the first hot-spot poetry tour nomnation

In October I am spending a few weeks touring New Zealand to celebrate poetry by and for children .. and my two new books.

Yesterday I invited you to nominate your town (or city or village) to add to my tour (I would do an event there!). I have now had my first nomination supported by a child and a teacher. Exciting!

You might know somewhere exciting or different I could stage an event. I am looking at bookshops, libraries and museums so far!

Write to paulajoygreen@gmail.com Include your name and contact details. If you are a child tell me what year you are in and what school you go to.

 

 

me in the apple tree, and the owl and the pussycat challenge

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When I was little I always liked finding a good place to read The Owl and the Pussy Cat out loud– usually the apple tree.

 

When I was little

maybe six or seven,

I would sit in our apple tree

reading The Owl and the Pussy Cat

to my sister’s

never-ending

teddies.

 

 

Now Julia Donaldson has written the further adventures of the owl and the pussycat in a story poem with beautiful illustrations by Charlotte Voake.

I have a copy of this book to give to a young poet who makes their own adventures for the owl and the pussy cat in a poem story. Think about all the tips I have given you on writing story poems. What kind of story will this be? Funny? Magical? Mysterious? Strange? Sad? Happy? Fascinating? Something else?

 

DEADLINE for your Story-Poem Challenge: Wednesday June 4th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the Story-Poem challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for some poets.

Hot Spot Poetry Tour is getting ready to visit a town near you

I am now organising my Hot Spot NZ Poetry Tour to celebrate poetry for and by children.

I have lots of things planned and lots of places to visit in the last two weeks of October.

If you would like me to visit your town or city and do a Hot Spot Poetry event there drop me a line and tell me why I should.

I am very excited to be doing this.

Write to paulajoygreen@gmail.com Include your name and contact details. If you are a child tell me what year you are in and what school you go to.

A curious challenge to go with a marvellous book The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous

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Objects are fascinating. Things are fascinating.

So many things have stories. That is why I like going to museums and looking at things that take me to another place and another time. There is something mysterious about looking into a glass case and seeing something that is OUTSIDE what I know.

Objects are a stepping stone to a poetry adventure.

I was very excited to get a new book for children from Te Papa. I love this book! It fills me with all kinds of ideas I would like to do. It makes me want to write and it makes me want to catch a plane to Te Papa and see the objects there (ah, if only  could!). It makes me curious!

That is the perfect word to use, as the book is called: The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous (Te Papa Press, 2014). Adrienne Jansen was the editor and worked with publishing students from Whitireia on the book.

Some of my favourite New Zealand poets and authors have stories and poems in here: Joy Cowley, Elizabeth Knox, Bill Manhire, Mandy Hager, Margaret Mahy, Barbara Else, James Brown, Bill Manhire. I love everything in the book, but I especially loved discovering a new author, Frances Samuel, who has written a cool story about a monster fish who has a boat stuck on its back. I especially loved Bill’s poem about stepping into and seeing colossal things. His poem made me laugh out loud.

They picked: a doll, some pounamu, the colossal squid, a purse, a dinosaur bone, the kiore (rat), a ceramic fish, a box of beetles, a foldaway boy, a spirit house, a cloak, a rifle, a fantail, a waka, a castaway suit, a bike, the kuri (dog), a teddy bear, a Pacific Island dog, Phar Lap.

This is one of my favourite books so far this year!

You can hear some of the authors reading their work here.

It also has zesty (good enough to eat!) illustrations by Sarah Laing who illustrated my book, Macaroni Moon.

At the back of the book, each author tells you what they saw in the museum that sparked their writing. What a great idea!

 

So … time for a challenge for you. I want you to find an object that has a story behind it. The object might be in a museum but it might belong to someone you know–your parents or grandparents or aunt or uncle.

The object might be odd or marvellous or strange or quite ordinary.

Use what you discover to help you write a poem.

I will post my favourite poems as part of the Story-Poem Challenge and, thanks to Te Papa Press, I have a copy of this wonderful book for one young poet. Woohoo!

 

DEADLINE for your Story-Poem Challenge: Wednesday June 4th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the Story-Poem challenge.

 

 

Third Fabulous Poem Update

Entries are coming in for The Third Fabulous Poetry Competition. Thank you!

Some tips:

1  This competition is for school entries only. I am not accepting individual entries by individual children. The prize is a two-day visit by me to the winning schools.

2  The entry should be up to 25 poems. A range of ages might be an advantage!

3. You need to fill in the entry from and include contact details.

4. Entries close June 20. On June 21st I will let you know (on the blog) when I will post the results (on the blog).

5. I will let winners know by email.

Entry form and details here.