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.
Hardcover non-fiction or poetry can be a great choice of gift for the special or hard-to-buy-for child in your life. Here are three gorgeous, recent international books, all themed around nature. I AM THE SEED THAT GREW THE TREE: A POEM FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR selected by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon (Nosy Crow) Whatever you think of kids using digital devices these days (evil or harmless…?), there is no denying that this mighty tome offers the oppos
'Throughout my life I have turned to the page as a soft place to fall and a wise place to rise.' For Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018, poet and children's book author Courtney Sina Meredith shares her personal discovery of how powerful words can be in expressing your identity, no matter your age. I have a clear memory of writing a poem at primary school about a group of magical princesses. They each had their own unicorn (of course) and in the final stanza, becau
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