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Happy summer days from Poetry Box; with a poem-notebook challenge and some family snapshots




Our dog Molly waiting to go running on the beach!



Happy Summer Holidays young poets!


Thank you so much for all the poetry that whizzed and somersaulted and danced its way into my email box this year. I adored it!

What a treat to read poems from children all over New Zealand.

To get lovely letters from budding poets.

To send books out to hungry poetry readers.



Poetry Box will be back in poetry action in February (even though I am writing my BIG book!).


I will have some new challenges 



over summer you might like my  NOTEBOOK POEM CHALLENGE

to keep a poetry


over summer


with little poems big poems

skinny poems fat poems

funny poems sad poems

poems with endings that snap or sparkle


you might find inspiration

in the sky or the sea

out the window through the door

down the sand dunes

along the river

down the street

in a box


in your imagination


what you


or feel

or taste

or hear


…. NO RULES!         what fun!


If you like, you could copy your favourite pages to send me: paulajoygreen@gmail.com

Put NOTEBOOK POEMS in subject line please.

Or post: PO Box 95078, Swanson, Waitakere 0653

I will have some gorgeous new notebooks to give out.

Include your name, age, school. Deadline: February 1st




I am going to spend summer reading and writing and running on the beach (at long last!) and eating fruit and veggies from our garden -and watching movies. And hanging out with my friends and family. A summer to look forward to.




and here’s me when I was little and already a very BIG fan of books!




Molly and Aggo are now the best of friends and Aggo thinks she is a dog I am sure. Charlie is inside sleeping on a cushion or my hat or my coat (just like in the poem!). And Molly will need swimming lessons every day this summer just like in my poem.



Keep safe

Keep happy

Keep poems floating


Warm regards

Paula x

Happy NZ Poetry Day from Poetry Box – ten cool things to do


Dear young poetry fans,

Today is National Poetry Day in NZ. A perfect time to celebrate poetry.

Here some ideas of what you might like to do:

  1. write a poem for someone you love and give it to them (Mum, Dad, a friend, a sibling, a grandparent)
  2. get a NZ poetry book out of the library, read it and write a letter to the author (send c/- publisher)
  3. buy a NZ poetry book, read it and write a letter to the author
  4. chalk a poem on the pavement at school
  5. make a poem tree in your school library
  6. make a poem tree at home and send me a photo
  7. make a poem poster of your favourite poem you have written
  8. make poem biscuits with words on (thanks the Lovewells!)
  9. video yourself reading a poem
  10. write a poem just for yourself. Put it an envelope and open it next year on Poetry Day!


warm regards


Poem bonanza Monday: poems sparking poems sparking poems sparking


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Don’t forget I am on the hunt for children and classes  to interview NZ authors and children to write reviews of NZ books.

This week I will share some books I have enjoyed.

And here is a wee poem challenge for you.


Try writing a poem inspired by another poem, especially a poem by a NZ author.

1. You might borrow the title.

2. You might borrow the first line.

3. You might borrow the last line.

4. You might be inspired by a phrase.

5. You might be inspired by the subject of the poem.

6. Or the mood.

7. Or anything else.

8. After the title write: Inspired by and then the name of the poet and their title

for example: Inspired by James K Baxter’s ‘The Tree House’

9. Thanks to the very lovely Helen Parsons, I have a copy of James K Baxter’s poems for children to give to one young poet.


DEADLINE for your ‘Poem inspired by a Poem’ Challenge: Wednesday May 20th

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 ‘Poem inspired by a Poem’ challenge. Put in the subject line of the email please.

I will post my favourites (Year 0 to Year 8) on May 22nd.