Poetry Bonanza Monday: Home sweet home and a challenge for you

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How lovely to go away on a Northland Tour and how lovely to be back home.

Still time to do these things and then I have  challenge for you at the bottom for this week.


1. If you vote for the  Children’s Choice books at The NZ Children’s Book Awards you and your school will go into the draw to win some books. A vote for The Letterbox Cat is a vote for Poetry! Voting form here.

2. Don’t forget I am on the hunt for children to pick a NZ author to interview. You pick – I try and set it up for you (class, reading group or an individual). It is a golden opportunity to do something special. paulajoygreen@gmail.com

3. I am on the hunt for children to review NZ books – any genre!   paulajoygreen@gmail.com


4. Still time to enter Fourth Fabulous Poetry Competition

You send in 12 poems in total from your school  (an age range is an advantage but not essential).

There is no theme.

You can write any kinds of poems you like.

They get sent to The New Zealand Book Council not me.

Only winners will be notified.

Finalists and winners will be posted on the blog and on NZBC web site on Monday August 10th.

You need to send in one entry form with all the details completed.

Each poem must have child’s age, name and year.

Entry Forms here


5. This week’s challenge

Write a poem that shows me something you love about home. Home might be a town or village. It might be your back garden. It might be the people you love.


* Collect lots of words, especially things you love about your home.

*(for older children who want an extra challenge) Write two or three words that show me what you think of home (for example: fun, beautiful, loving, nice). Don’t use these words in your poem. Find things and verbs and different adjectives to show me how your home is like this.

* It might be what you play with, who you play with, what you eat or wear or do. Your favourite places to be. What you do with your favourite people.

* Write your poem and put no more than five words on the line.

* The more detail you use of real things the better your poem will be. That will help it stand out.


DEADLINE for your Home-Poem Challenge: Wednesday August 5th

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 Home-Poem challenge. Put in the subject line of the email please.

I will post my favourites and have a book for a poet (Year 0 to Year 8).


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