Go here to The Sapling for my alphabet of children’s poetry books. Joy is Joy Cowley and also in my list.
The Sapling is a great new NZ website that celebrates children’s books. I got asked to list some of my favourite children’s poetry books for Poetry Day and decided to make an alphabet of them.
One of my favourite children’s poetry books is by Margaret Mahy – she had such a TERRIFIC imagination, her poems fill you with surprise. She also had an excellent poetry ear and was very good at making up words.
So in honour of dear Margaret Mahy, your September challenge is to use your imagination in a poem.
You might want to invent things or places or people.
You might want to invent new words to do the best job.
You might want to imagine somewhere you have never been but that is a real place or time.
Imaginations work with real things and with invented things.
Imaginations let you have fun.
The most important thing about Poetry Box is to light up with the joy of writing poems.
You might play with how you set your poem out.
You might play with how your poem sounds.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by 26th September. I will post some favourites on 30th September and have a book for at least one reader. It is not a competition though!
Please include your name, age, year and name of school. I won’t post poems if I don’t have these details.
IMPORTANT: Put IMAGINATION challenge in the subject line of the email please.