Reading About Writing: 15 Books to Encourage Your Young Author’s Writing Skills

 Writing ~ Friend or Foe?

Putting pencil to paper can be a challenge for many young (and old for that matter…) writers. Just the physical action can be frustrating….. working those fine motor skills is a must. Grasping a fat pencil can help as well…

For some, though, putting words on paper is, seemingly,  like as natural as breathing. They journal, keep a diary, make lists, and write thoughts on any blank piece of paper they can find ~ napkins, gift wrap, cardboard, junk mail, receipt backs, etc.

Creative writing, though, is part of a  very different  Writer’s World….

Although reading and writing can work hand-in-hand (oh my, yes ~ pun intended), some readers prefer books written by others, while other readers prefer texts written by their own thoughts & pens. Some will even write their thoughts in the margins of others’ writings…..

As an educator of beginning writers ( and, even, more experienced writers), there can be several reasons for that “writer’s block”. Here are some of the snags I’ve heard:

  • I don’t know what to write about….
  • I don’t want to write about that…
  • It hurts my hand (and head) to write…
  • Can’t I just talk about it instead ?!?
  • Writing takes too long….
  • I’m not any good at it!!!
  • It’s SO boring!!!!

To be fair ~ not all people are writers. However, writing is a very important Literacy skill and, hopefully, as a parent, you can nudge & nurture your youngster to find some value in the process….

Reading About Writing Can Help

Soooo, being the book~lover that I am, I did a little research for book titles that would appeal to your soon-to-be young author. All of the stories are fiction except for the Writing Process books, which are nonfiction.

Here are some informative & very humorous reads I discovered for this somewhat frustrating skill :

WHAT DO I WRITE ABOUT ?

Valerie Gorbachev  WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA, MOLLY ?  GL: PK-2 / 32pgs

Abby Hanlon  RALPH TELLS A STORY  GL: 1-3 / 40pgs

Eileen Spinelli  THE BEST STORY  GL: 1-3 / 32pgs   

WHAT WORDS DO I USE ?

Kate Banks  MAX’S WORDS  GL: PK-3 / 32pgs

Ted Hills  ROCKET WRITES A STORY  GL: PK-3 / 40pgs

HOW DO I GET THE STORY DOWN ON THE PAPER ?

Marc Brown  ARTHUR WRITES A STORY  GL: PK-3 / 32pgs

Rebecca Kai Dotlich  ONE DAY, THE END  GL: PK-3 / 32pgs

Cynthia Rylant  MR. PUTTER & TABBY WRITE THE BOOK  GL: 1-4 / 44pgs

COULD I JUST WRITE A LETTER ?

Allen Ahlberg  THE JOLLY POSTMAN  GL: PK-3 / 32pgs

Doreen Cronin  CLICK, CLACK, MOO COWS THAT TYPE  GL: K-2 / 32pgs

Simon James  DEAR MR. BLUEBERRY  GL: PK-2 / 32pgs

YOU MEAN THERE’S A WHOLE PROCESS ?!?

Eileen Christalow  WHAT DO AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS DO ?  GL: PK-3 / 80pgs

Bruce Degen  IF YOU WERE  WRITER  GL: K-3 / 32pgs

Loreen Leedy  LOOK AT MY BOOK  GL: 1-3 / 32pgs

Helen Lester  AUTHOR A TRUE STORY  GL: PK-3 / 32pgs

A few more thoughts ~

  • Wordless picture books can inspire writing  ideas.
  • Picture dictionaries can help with vocabulary choices.
  • Graphic organizers are great ways to begin the writing process.
  • There are LOTS of books about letter-writing to read to your child.
  • The Writing Process takes time, effort and LOTS of patience.
  • Start simple and add more later!

I would LOVE to hear if any of these books provided a writing spark in your child !

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