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Woohoo! Third Fabulous Poetry Competition for Children — details and entry form

Here you go folks! I am looking forward to lots of entries. A big thank you to the lovely New Zealand Book Council for helping me make this competition happen. If you have trouble printing entry form, please email me (address below).

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February on Poetry Box and an interview challenge

During my summer break I did think about Poetry Box and wondered about posting an outline of what I would do during the year (helpful for teachers), but in the end I decided to be a little more spontaneous and follow the curves and surprises of the year.

However, I have decided to devote February to how poems sound as this very important to me. I will give you tips and challenges and post a competition or two.

In the meantime here is a classroom challenge. I did this last year, but it would be cool to do it again with new questions. I invite you as a class to design an interview with me. I will answer the questions and post it on my blog. I am happy to post a photo of you all if you have permission to do this.

The winning class with get a copy of my book Flamingo Bendalingo.

Deadline: February 14th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name of school, name of teacher and year please.

2014 on Poetry Box

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Welcome back to NZ Poetry Box. I have had a lovely summer break with lots of reading and lots of swimming so now it is time to get back to lots of writing and lots of blogging. That gorgeous beach is where we went for some East-Coast waves. And that is the dessert I made for Christmas. One of my summer highlights was boogie boarding. Such fun. And going for really, really, really long walks.

This year I have some exciting and secret things planned  — as well as two new books out!

Next week I will post the details and entry form for The Third Fabulous Poetry Competition. Three winning schools (one from the North Island, one from the South Island and one from Auckland) will get a two-day visit from me plus a year’s membership of The New Zealand Book Council (we are working together this year on several things including this competition!). Schools will be invited to send in 25 poems. Watch this space!

Meanwhile a small competition to kickstart the 2014 blog. Send me a poem about a favourite moment in your holidays using no more than 20 words. You can send a photo too if you like. I have some book prizes for my favourites. Deadline: February 21st

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email.

Welcome back poetry fans!!!!!   I’m back home:

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Reading Festival: Competition for children and schools number 4

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Tell me about a book you love! Tell me what you love about it.

I have spot prizes for all my favourite book shares.

I will anounce these on Friday November 29th.

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, age, year and name of school. Include your teacher’s name and email address if you can.

Reading Festival: Competition number 3 for children and schools

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To celebrate Margaret Mahy’s Dashing Dog book (with illustrations by Donovan Bixley),

I invite you to write a poem about a dog. Juicy words are welcome!

Thanks to HarperCollins I have a copy of the book to give to my favourite poem. I will post my favourites as they arrive and the winner will be announced on Friday November 29th.

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, age, year and name of school. Include your teacher’s name and email address if you can.

see my review of Margaret’s book here

Reading Festival: Second poetry competition for children and schools

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To celebrate Jenny Bornholdt’s A Book is a Book (with illustrations by Sarah Wilkins),

I invite you to write a poem about reading or books.

Thanks to Gecko Press and Whitireia Publishing the winner will get a copy of Jenny’s book.

I will post my favourite poems as I get them and post the winner on Friday 29th November.

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, age, year and name of school. Include your teacher’s name and email address if you can.

see my review of Jenny’s book here

Reading Festival: First competition for children and schools

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To celebrate our Reading Festival I will post a number of competitions over the next two weeks.

I will post my favourite entries as I get them and on Friday November 29th there will be a prize giving!

At the end of the three weeks I will give out the prizes to the winning children BUT I will also give an original Michael Hight painting from my book Flamingo Bendalingo to the school that participates with enthusiasm and inspires me.

For Competition Number One, I am so excited as I am going to give one of my favourite books as a child to the winner! I LOVED the poetry of AA Milne and I have a gorgeous colour edition of his book Changing the Guard at Buckingham Place (Egmont, 2013) as a prize.

Competition Number 1 (for Years 0 to 8)

Write about what you love about reading and books. You can include names of your favourite books. You could write it as a letter to me or a paragraph or a little story. You can use questions below to help you.

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Do an interview with me by answering some of these questions (pick SOME you want to answer and ADD you own if you want):

What books did you love when you were little?

Did anyone read to you?

Where is your favourite place to read?

What do you like about reading?

Do you have a favourite book character?

Do you have a favourite author? What do you love his or her books?

Has a book ever made you sad?

Has a book ever made you happy?

Has a book ever made you laugh out loud?

What kind of books do you like and why?

Do you have a favourite illustrator?

Have you ever read a book and hated the ending (I have!)?

Has a teacher ever read you a cool book? What did you like about it?

If you were stuck on a desert island what three books would you take?

Do you like reading New Zealand books? Do you have a favourite NZ author?

Do you like reading poetry? Do you have some favourite poets? What do you like about them?

Do you like to visit the library? What do you like about it?

 Send your entry to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, age, year and name of school. Include your teacher’s name and email address if you can.