Poetry Box bubble time: a poem by Daniel and by me – write a poem for your favourite libraries and bookshops

Today we can order books from bookshops online. I LOVE bookshops and I also love libraries (which we can’t visit at Level 3). So i thought it would be a prefect time to celebrate go-to places for book lovers: LIBRARIES and BOOKSHOPS!

Some of you will be going back to school tomorrow and some of you will continue to learn and explore in your bubbles.

Daniel (11) wrote a poem to celebrate his neighbourhood library because he can’t visit it at the moment! So I thought this would be a cool thing to do too.

Challenge: write a poem for your favourite bookshop or library or librarian or bookseller.

I will have at least one book to give away.


Library Longing

For Jos and Kerri of Whitby Library


In this lockdown

I have books

I have ebooks

I have audio books

I have school books

I even have library books

Can’t return books

Read 100 times books


But I don’t have a librarian

To quiz me

And tease me

And suggest things to me

And reserve things for me

And pretend the only person in the library is me

And remind me how much they know me

I can’t visit and that is sad for me


But I have learned how important my librarians are

They have known me my whole life

My reading life

My school life

My travelling life

They know just about everything

And I know the first place I will be heading

After this lockdown


Daniel L (Age 11, year 7, Hadlow School)


I wrote a poem about libraries for my book The Letterbox Cat


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‘The Library’ by Paula Green in The Letterbox Cat (Scholastic)



send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put NAME OF challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it

don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)


There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children. I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.


You can also try these Poetry Box activities:


Listen to Ashley (8) read: try my dinosaur, pets and swip swap challenges

Have fun with SOUNDS, muck around with WORDS

Listen to Amelia (8) read 3 poems from The Treasury and try my activities

Listen to Philippa Werry read her poem and try her simile challenge

Make a memory album or page

Try my lost-wonder challenges and listen Sarah Ell’s new book Lost Wonders!

Loads of MAKING ideas inside and outside

Do something rainy or snowy! Watch me read my rain and cold poems from The Letterbox Cat

Listen to Melinda Szymanik read her alien mother story and try your own

Send me pictures, photos or poems of curious things you see on your walks

Listen to Maisie and I read fish poems and invite you to do fishy things

Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!

Try writing a postcard poem from where you’d like to be!

Mixed up animals and hear Paula read ‘Anifables’ poem

Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge

Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read

Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library

Try my Pass the Poem challenge with friends and family by phone or email

Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble

My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem

My thank our supermarket workers challenge

Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge

Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge

Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge

Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge

Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges

Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges


kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining







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