Paula Green is one of New Zealand’s most (probably the most) energetic and passionate ambassadors for poetry ever. She has published (as writer or editor) nearly 20 books and runs two fascinating blogs, NZ Poetry Shelf (for adults) and NZ Poetry Box (for children). She has received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement and the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Poetry, and often tours the country promoting the reading and writing of poetry for all ages.
We wanted to celebrate NZ Poetry Day this year with a fabulous list of children's poetry. And who better to bring this to you than our very own Paula Green, creator of Poetry Box and NZ Poetry Shelf, and wonderful poet for both adults and children. 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
Poet Hannah Mettner considers two international books aimed at inspiring a love of poetry in young readers. A detail of an illustration from Out of Wonder Like many other New Zealanders of my generation, I grew up with a hard-cover copy of Poems to Read to Young New Zealanders. Full of poems by Baxter, Mahy, Glover, Hunt and others, and supplemented with distinctive illustrations in collage and watercolour by Clare Bowes, this book stayed with me long after my parents tired o