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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