Thursday, August 2, 2012

Books About Writing

This is an update from a list I shared with my school faculty. Again ... a few of them I never actually put on Goodreads so I can't get the pic/blurb link embedded all nicely. I'd go back and add them but I don't want to mess up my goal numbers for this year. ;]
Another list post. Can you tell I haven't been sleeping well and can't think of more interesting topics? :/

The Plot ChickensThe Plot Chickens by 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 BookA Book by Mordicai 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. Great little explanations of different genre types.

The Library Mouse (Daniel Kirk)--This mouse likes to write! Keep meaning to make my own Kleenex box complete with mirror and pencil banner. There are three more books in the series.

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

Rocket Writes a StoryRocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh ... that was ever so cute. I might even go back and change it to a five just for the new character that was introduced.

Plus? Great intro to writing workshop. Rocket collects words and uses them to create a story. It's not easy but he doesn't give up! And ... he maks a friend along the way. <3 it.

Once Upon a Time: Writing Your Own Fairy Tale (Nancy Loewen) 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 (Eileen Spinelli) The main character wants to win a contest for some time with her favorite author. She needs to write a story ... and all of her family keeps giving her VERY DIFFERENT opinions on what makes a story great.

A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write WritingA Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing 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!

Word After Word After WordWord After Word After Word by Patricia MacLachlan
A Newbery award winning author of somewhat ... sentimental books. So know that about 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: How to Turn Your Doodles Into ComicsAdventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics by James Sturm
SO FUN. Don't discount this one.

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's HandbookSpilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook by Ellen Potter

Check out the website here. This one ... if I could have purchased a copy for all of our 4th or 5th graders that would have been awesome.

Writing to Explore: Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper, 3-8Writing to Explore: Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper, 3-8 by David Somoza

TEACHER BOOK ALERT. I wrote about it a while ago. I wish he mentioned the library more but I really like the idea of the "adventure story" research paper.

Real Revision: Authors' Strategies to Share with Student WritersReal Revision: Authors' Strategies to Share with Student Writers by Kate Messner

TEACHER BOOK ALERT. GREAT IDEAS. And lots of fun to just read the different revision tactics all of the authors the author of THIS book interviewed.

What should I add to this list?


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  1. Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry. I love how she incorporates storytelling, literary elements, and multiple word meanings (with humor) through the voice of the main character.

    1. You know ... it's been a while since I looked at those. I need to remind myself to do more rereading. Too easy to forget things. Thanks!