Thursday, October 14, 2010

Books About Writing and Story

Sent this to my staff on Tuesday. Going to start a weekly "themed" list ... with the new book order this seemed like a good place to begin.

The Plot Chickens (Mary Jane Auch)-So funny. Little ones will love the illustrations and will start to grasp the storytelling concepts. Same with the older kids!

A Book (by Mordecai Gerstein)--PERFECT for some sort of genre work station after a lesson. I won’t say this one makes a great read aloud. It’s one that needs to be “looked at” closely.

The Library Mouse (Daniel Kirk)--LOVE this one. Keep meaning to make my own Kleenex box complete with mirror and pencil banner.

Chester’s Masterpiece (Melanie Watt)--I usually dislike cats. But Chester is too funny and this one is all about HIM writing the book.

Once Upon a Time: Writing Your Own Fairy Tale (by Nancy Loewen ... find in 808 LOE)
Explores the tools that beginning writers need. This title includes a review list of key concepts, four exercises for getting started, and numerous writing tips.

The Best Story (by Eileen Spinelli)

A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End (by Avi)--of the two the first one The End of the Beginning is my absolute favorite but this one is also cute and it fits the topic! And an FYI ... I would disagree slightly with the age recommendation on this review. I think it skews a little higher. But that’s me.

Word After Word After Word--Patricia MacLachlan is a Newbery award winning author of somewhat ... sentimental books. So’s this one ... but it still works! (And, BTW ... she is one of the most quick-witted and sarcastic people I’ve ever heard speak!)

Adventures in Cartooning (by James Sturm ... found in 741.5 STU)--AAACK! Not usually a fan of the comic/graphic novel genre (which is NOT to say they are not the perfect educational choice for some of the kids, they’re just not my favorite) but this one is TOO CUTE.

Spilling Ink (by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer)--If I had my way fourth or fifth grade would all read this as a novel study. Of course, I’m not in charge and we don’t necessarily have all the time we would like. Still ... EXCELLENT book. Check out the website.

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