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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:


Reading Festival: Competition for children and schools number 4


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


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


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


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.


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.

stomp! poems

Here are some starting points for the stomp-poem competition.


You can be any age you lie but the prize is for 6 years and under.

Try using ‘stomp‘ at the start of every line.

Try using ‘stomp‘ at the end of every line.

Try using ‘stomp‘ in the middle of every line.

Use ‘stomp‘ as the title but NOT in the poem.

Use ‘stomp‘ as the last word of the poem and nowhere else.

Use ‘stomp‘ where you like in the poem.

Make a word pattern with ‘stomp’.

Send your poem to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, age, year and name of school. You can include your name of teacher and their address if you like.

Some more favourite story poems and an extra winner!



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A group of Year 3 students at Ormond School in Gisborne sent in a fabulous bunch of story poems. I loved the zippy energy in all of them. Congratulations on your fun poems. I have picked a few of my favourites to post but I loved them all. I am going to send Danielle a copy of my book Flamingo Bendalingo as I especially loved her poem. I hope to see more writing from you all. Try sending some in during the school holidays.


I really like the ending in Danielle’s poem:

wish I could fly

I wished I could fly

One day I could

I flew through the clouds

As I got closer to the Sun

it was hot

I got hotter

I ditched the Sun

I went through a cloud

shaped like a fern and a dinosaur


Charlie H wrote this funny poem:

A bad day for a man flying to Australia

Taking off

Flying away

in the high night sky


The door flies open

Man gets sucked out

Falls 120 feet in the sky


Falls in a hay bail

Nearly dies

Breaks a leg


A man comes past

Hunting for deer

Finds the man

and helps him get

to hospital


Now he’s safe

in the hospital bed

No more trouble for him

He’ll be fine

For the rest of his life



Sam wrote this imaginative poem:


the working chicken

One day

there was a working chicken

He made armour and weapons

with his iron war hammer

He made all sorts of armour

with iron, diamonds and gold



Peter wrote this tricky poem. I liked the surprise ending.

What am I?

It’s getting very hot in here

It makes my insides swell

I feel like I am going to POP!!!

I still feel proud

I am a fluffy, little cloud

Answer: popcorn


The story-poem winners; the Wellington Earthquake (Y6) and zany rhyming (Y3)


There are two winners for the story poem challenge; one younger and one older. Thanks for sending all your poems in and if you didn’t get picked this time do try again.

A group of Year 6 students from Churton Park School in Wellington sent in a whole bunch of story poems. I loved the energy in all the poems, the vivid vocabulary and the lively rhythms. The topics ranged from the earthquake to thunder and lightning, to autumn and to a pet bunny. They were all a delight to read but I have picked just a few of my favourites to post including the older winner of the challenge. Great job Churton Park School and your student teacher, Leanne. I would love to see more poems from you all!

A number of the Churton-Park-School students sent in earthquake poems that really caught the fear and the drama of the day. The vocabulary and rhythms fitted the experience perfectly. The use of real detail made the poems much stronger.


Bailey is the older winner of the story poem competition. I love the energy in this poem that comes from the shorter lines, the repeated words, the verbs, and the words that startle and stand out on the line. I also love the way the poem moves from the pencils on the paper to the window to the cloak bay. Real detail like this can make a poem so much stronger. Congratulations Bailey! You will get a copy of my junior chapter book, The Terrible Night. (A little bit young for you but now out-of-print I think!).

Rattle Growling Rolling

Heads down,

pencils on paper,

Quietness reached out to us.


Something stood out,

in the corner of my eye.

The window! I thought.

The window was rattling wildly.


Earthquake! Earthquake! Earthquake!

The word was ringing in my head.

I dived under the table clutching my head

Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle!


The ground lurched to the side

rolling and growling.

Smash! Shatter!

Something shattered in the cloak bay.


Then all was still.

Still clutching my head.

shaking in fear.


Aliya‘s poem takes you right into the heart of earthquake. She has shaped her poem perfectly. I loved the different kinds of noises and silences.


The word rippled across the classroom,

A shock, a silence then shuddering starts.


Dropping pencils and paper,

Everyone dives down suddenly,

Bumping their heads on tables.


Hunched still, crowded together,

Anxious expressions, faces of terror,

Then a bell rings noisily interrupting the unusual silence.


Crawling out warily,

Peeping around the classroom

Chatter returns again


I really love the repeating line in Maya‘s poem. All the verbs (action, doing words) make her poem stronger.

The Capsizing Classroom

Writing, laughing.

Sitting, talking

Under the table, crying

In my capsizing classroom


Squished in my safe haven

Rattling shaking CRASH!!!


Goes the sudden underground shaking

Shaking, roaring, stopped

Screams, yells and crying out in fear

Shocked, scared shaking


In my capsizing classroom

Kindness and anxiousness greets me

Helping, kind reassuring

After my capsizing classroom


James wrote a thunder story. I love the the beginning and the way it moves to the ending. Great vocabulary.


Boom! Clap! Zap!

The thunder flashed across the dark damp sky,

warning everyone about the next jolt of lightning.

Cautiously I slid the glass door open.

Stepping into the dark veranda

I carefully slid my hand onto the railing

and saw thunder flash before my eyes.

Before I knew it lightning

Zapped onto the railing and shocked me



Amber is in Year 6 and goes to Weedons School (I loved visiting this school so I am delighted to get a poem from you). I love short poems and this one is full of delicious words. They make the picture of the wolf come alive in my head and I know the wolf is read for action. Great job Amber!


Sleek stalking amber eyes,

salt and pepper rustled fur,

big bad wolf baring teeth,

howling, glaring down beneath.


Congratulations to the younger winner. Gemma sent in this playful rhyming poem. She is aged 7, in Year 3 and goes to Adventure School in Whitby. This poem reminded me of Dr Seuss and I love the way the rhymes tumble and turn and fill the poem with life. It is a fun poem to read out loud. Congratulations Gemma! Thanks to Scholastic you will get a copy of The Song of the Ship Rat by Ben Brown and Helen Taylor (2013). A book with lots of good rhyming going on. Let me know what you think of it!


Once Upon a… Rhyme

Ted led Fred, Ed and Ned

Down from his bed

To the sled in the shed,

And then fled.


Fred jumped on the sled,

But sped into Ed… who bled.  It was red.

“Have some bread,” said Fred, “don’t be dead!

Wake up shred-head!”


Ed woke and said

“Go tread on a thread,



Later Ted and Ned read

About what happened to Ed.

Ted said to Fred

“Say sorry to Ed – you didn’t look ahead”.


Fred saw red.

But Ned just said

“Next time stay in bed