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

It is a   l l  oo  nn  gg

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.