Here is a taste of my A to Z of some favourite children’s poetry books at The Sapling – I have a small challenge and a book on offer

For the delight of reading poetry to your children and the delight of your children reading poetry to you, or to themselves as the sun comes up, here is an A to Z of some of my favourite children’s poetry reads (this is merely the start!). Most New Zealand poetry books for children are out-of-print, but you can find them in libraries. Maybe next year we will get some new poetry treats!
And my good news is that Penguin Random House is reprinting A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children as a paperback and it’s out in November.
I really love the way Sarah at The Sapling set out my A to Z. Thank you!
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Go here to find my A to Z!
Let me know your favourite poetry book or books I have missed (I couldn’t say all the books I love on my shelves!!). Say why you like it.
I have a poetry book for my favourite answer. I will post a wee list of your picks.
paulajoygreen@gmail.com
Include your name, age and school if a child, just your name if you are an adult!
You might like to do this as a class.
Deadline: September 3rd
…. what other alphabets can I do?

My very EXCELLENT Poetry Day news! time to dance and whoop and clap

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I am really excited because Penguin Random House

are going to reprint a paperback version of

A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children.

It will be out in November this year!

Yeah! I am so happy, thank you PRH!

 

H a  p p y     N a t i o n a  l   P o e  t r y     D a y  !

 

from Paula

 

 

 

 

 

A Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day celebration: Gemma wins a NASA space camp & writes poems with her brother Daniel plus a challenge

 

 

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Kennedy Space Centre

 

Long time Poetry-Box contributors, Gemma and Daniel, have just finished a great big American adventure.  I invited them to share poems and photos.

It felt like the perfect way to celebrate National Poetry Day.

 

A challenge: If you have something special coming up and would like to make a poem-photo diary for Poetry Box (with parental permission) let me know what you have planned. I will let you know if I am keen to post it and give you tips. 

Or an idea for a poem feature. Tell me what you would like to do. I can not post ALL but I can post a few.

write about your idea to: paulajoygreen@gmail.com

Tell me which school you go to, your age and put POEM FEATURE in the subject line please. I will just choose two or three.

 

p o e m s    a r e     a    w a y     o f         d  r  e a  m  i  n  g

 

I loved reading these poems because they set me dreaming about space and beaches and movies and magic and travelling the world – from my kitchen chair. Thank you!

 

From Gemma:

I was selected from student applicants across the world to receive a full tuition Hall of Fame scholarship to attend a 6 day space camp programme at the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama. I then had to fundraise to pay for my airfare, which I did by completing 6 weeks of sponsored challenges (that was exhausting!).

At space camp I spent the week with 15 other trainees, aged 9-11, and we did all sorts of amazing science and engineering challenges including: building and launching solid fuel rockets, astronaut training on simulators, mars and space shuttle mission simulations (I was flight controller on the space shuttle!) and more. We also did lots of learning about astronomy and the history of space flight, and met astronaut Hoot Gibson.

I was invited to visit Cape Canaveral and the Space Coast as well, so we decided to make this trip as a family, so my science crazy brother could have some amazing experiences too. Then we built a road trip around it, so we got to see some of America while we were there.

Our ages are Gemma – 11 and Daniel – 8.

 

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Gemma at space camp

 

The poems

(We mostly wrote the poems together, usually when we were driving because we did a lot of that!)

 

4th of July

 

Fireworks that disappear in a silvery cloak

Explosions swallowed by the hungry night

Illuminated splashes of colour pierce the air

Sparks rain down from a translucent sky

Loud rumbles echo overhead as the gods battle in the heavens

Colours flood along the seamless sea

Light fades away into the endless wall of nothing

But the magic is everywhere Gulf coast

 

 

Universal Studios

There is a place

As big as the universe

Where you walk around and around

And around and around

Until you don’t know where you started or where it ends.

Did you start in Diagon Alley?

Or within the mayhem of the Minions?

Where did you emerge after saving the princess?

And how did you transform into this dark character in a dark world

When just moments ago you were laughing with woody woodpecker

In this universe

You see twinkles in the visitors’ eyes

And you know

Anything is possible

 

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Diagon Alley, Universal Studios

 

Gulf Coast beaches

 

Some of the most beautiful in the world

But all I can see

Is a sea of people

Sweeping down the coast

An endless wave of colour

Reaching for the horizon

 

 

Hemingway’s Cats

 

Hidden in sweltering heat

You might find cats

With five toes on their feet

 

Roaming a tropical paradise

Seeking shade

That is cool and nice

 

Hemingway is famous as a writer

But for us, seeing his cats

Made our visit brighter

 

 

The Florida Keys

 

A chain of bridges

Joins the island keys

Each one different

Hinting at the personality of the island ahead

Yet each one the same

Crossing the crystal Atlantic

A magic carpet

Connecting people

 

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Florida Keys

 

Alabama Ice Cream

*In Alabama they have really crazy ice cream flavours.  We wonder what a kiwi ice cream poem might be like?

 

Are you back from the trail?

Try

Alabama pot hole

Deer tracks

Or

Raccoon stripes

 

At the fair?

I recommend

Candy floss

Play dough

Or perhaps

Rainbow sherbet

 

Watching a movie?

It must be

Superman

Pirates treasure

Or even

Martian rocks dipping dots

 

And at the end of the day,

Indulge in

A Lemon sorbet

To keep that sweet tooth at bay

 

 

 

Bahamas

 

B eautiful turquoise water

A bundant sea life

H appy people everywhere

A place to swim with pigs

M uch to do

A tlantis its own Paradise

S unsets stretching in to the morning

 


 

New Life for Mum’s Sunglasses

 

The boat flew across the turquoise

The strong wind whipped the sunglasses

Right off mum’s face

They landed on a stingray

He thought he looked stylish

So he splashed about along the sandy bottom

Showing off

Until a fish swiped the sunnies

And swam away

Through the crystal ocean

The fish didn’t see the shark

His new glasses were too dark

The shark swallowed him whole

But spat out the glasses

When he swum forward

They stuck to his face

And suddenly he was looking super cool

He flaunted his new look

But was so busy looking at himself

In the reflecting water

That he crashed

Into iguana island

The sunglasses flipped off his head

Sailing through the air

Landing on a big ol’ iguana

Who said, “Who turned out the lights”?

The other iguanas wanted those sunnies

So they fought and scrapped

The glasses dropped back into the glassy tide

And floated away

A day later

On a nearby island

A pig called Panda saw something sparkling off the shore

He swam toward it

It could be food

But the sunnies bounced off a wave onto his face

The pig grinned

He turned to his piggy friends

And said

“My future’s so bright,

I gotta wear shades!”

 

 

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About Huntsville, Alabama

 

It IS Rocket Science

 

In the rocket city

There’s a rocket around every corner

People rocket around

Talking about rockets

Rocking it

In The Rocket City

 

 

 

 

The Mars Generation

 

Eager young faces

Look to the stars

Searching for the path

To our new destination…

MARS

 

 

 

Sweet home Alabama

 

The locals long to listen to

Our kiwi accent

And dream of coming to

New Zealand

Just as we soak up the southern hospitality

And dream of staying in

Alabama

 

Look Out Mountain

 

In the Appalachian range

Is a mountain they call

Look Out

Because it is so steep

That the train runs almost

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And the view from the top is

Astonishing as you

 

Look Out

Over 5 states

Then descend

Within the heart of the hill

To find the cavern of crystals

The underground waterfall and

Mysterious magic of the mountain

 

Tornado Terror

 

Twirling twister

Tearing up trouble

Sending alerts off everywhere

Trees trembling in the vacuum torrent

Will it be ripping things to shreds?

Will there be roofs coming off?

Rocketing rubble everywhere

Causing death and destruction

Tragic and terrifying

 

(Daniel wrote this while the tornado was happening, then afterwards we used it to make the tornado shape poem J

 

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16 States

 

USA has 50 states

To see them all would be so great

And so the mission has begun

To tick them off and have some fun:

 

Californ-i-a – a nice place to stay

Arizona – we could phone ya

New York – its all talk

Delaware – just didn’t care

New Jersey – felt so free

Washing DC – that was easy

Nevada – was a little harder

Ohio – had to try so

Texas – tried to hex us

Georgia – have I bored ya?

Alabama – heard strange grammar

Kentucky – we got lucky

Mississippi – not too tricky

Tennessee – done, yippee!

North Carolina – couldn’t be finer

But

Florida – weather couldn’t be horrider!

 

 

 

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Thanks Gemma and Daniel – I really enjoyed reading these.

 

 

 

Gulf Coast Beach (clearwater)

Young poets (5 – 13) can submit poems to the excellent Toitoi

 

 

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This is a very cool journal for young writers and illustrators.

Check it out here.

You can go on their mailing list here and get a free copy of Toitoi.

Here is a taste of Toitoi Quarterly Newsletter:
Submit to Issue 10
Submission Deadline
September 29, 2017
Find out more

From the Editor

We are delighted to bring you Toitoi 8 with 100+ pages of awesome writing and art by Kiwi kids. A special congratulations to 10-year-old Isabella Lee for the spectacular cover artwork. You can see more of her illustrations in the gorgeous story “Can Kiwis Fly?” by 11-year-old Frederieke Beekmans in the pages of the journal.

Over the past few months, Grace and I have been working hard to celebrate New Zealand’s young writers and artists and spread the word about the journal. We have started visiting schools as part of our Toitoi on Tour programme and last month I was thrilled to talk to Kathryn Ryan on RNZ’s Nine to Noon about how Toitoi started and what we are trying to achieve. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below. It made me realise how far we have come in such a short time. Thank you so much for supporting us on this incredible journey!

With best wishes,

Charlotte

 
Toitoi on Tour
Congratulations to Katrina Hsieh from Grey Main School. Katrina won the Teacher Subscription for nominating her school on Facebook to get a visit from Toitoi! We are putting together a schedule of schools to visit and we can’t wait to meet you all.

Thanks to Thames South School, Ngatea Primary, Pillans Point School, Te Kuiti Primary and Goodwood School for having us over the last few weeks. We hope we have inspired your young writers and artists!

I talk about children’s poetry with Lynn Freeman

 

 

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from Groovy Fish

It was such a pleasure having this chat with Lynn in the studio before my memorable taxi ride.

I can’t believe I forgot my all-time favourite New Zealand children’s poet, Margaret Mahy whose word play and leaping imagination astonishes me more than that of anyone else. I was full to the brim with award-day nerves but still …. A thousand apologies.

The Sapling will post an A to Z of my favourite children’s poetry books on Poetry Day.

I got to read two poems from my new collection based on the titles you gave me: Daniel’s ‘Midnight’ and Lucy’s ‘Lick Lick Riff’. This is not a published book yet as I am still doing the drawings for it.

Listen here.

 

 

Three local children’s books make Kate De Goldi happy

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Listen to Kate talk with Kim Hill here

 

Kate De Goldi joins Kim to discuss books for young readers: Two fiction works – Rona by Chris Szekely and Awatea’s Treasure by Fraser Smith; and in non-fiction, See, play, do; a kid’s handbook for everyday creative fun, created by Louise Cuckow. De Goldi is a fiction writer and book reviewer. Her most recent novel, From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle, won the Esther Glen Medal at the 2016 NZ Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards. She is co-editor, with Susan Paris, of ANNUAL, a miscellany for 9-to-12 year olds, which was published in 2016. (ANNUAL 2 is due out in September 2017.)

I sung praises of Chris’s book here. I love Rona! I must track down the other two.