Reading About Writing
Food for the Soul, Fuel for the Journey
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“Children’s writing reflects the quality of the reading they do…Being an avid reader is the best preparation for becoming a writer.” Regie Routman, Writing Essentials
"It’s not what a piece of writing is about, but how it’s written, that makes good writing good.” Katie Wood Ray, Wondrous Words
“…I devour books and scour them for clues to technique, to language, to structure,
to anything that might help me learn to write.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Living to Tell the Tale
Drawing from reading wells to nourish our students’ writing, I read texts which take me inside the writer and crack open writing. These books mentor me and shape my thinking as a writer and as a writing teacher. Sometimes, I read these texts “just for me’ as I consider responsive ways to support students’ writing growth. Often, I read texts such as these to or with students. I lean on writers to help me know how to model and explain the infinite crafts of writing. Standing on the shoulder of giants, beloved authors, my students and I feel more confident and more knowing of how to take the silent and internal journeys we call writing. And the authors I turn to first are the children themselves.
Listening, reading, and reflecting upon students’ writing, I often find a co-teacher, an inspiration, a clarifier, a word artist. To be the teachers our students need, Harvard researcher Ron Ritchhart (2000) and writing guru Donald Graves (1997) advocate an essential teaching disposition; great teachers learn from their students. See your students’ names at the beginning of each of the following lists. Each child can do so much to illuminate whys and hows of writing for your entire writing community. And, yes, even students who are feeling arrested, bored, or just hate writing can be a valuable co-teacher. It’s amazing what happens to a young or tangled writer when they take the role of mentor.
Ultimately, all of my work is about relationships. My efforts are, in the end, about helping students have healthy relationships – with one another, with their family and friends, with me, and, most importantly, with themselves. Toward that goal, relationships with books are key. Texts give students mirrors and windows, humanity and humor, vast connections, and the power to live a literate life. Why am I so passionate about all this? Because reading and writing have been and will always be lifeline, compass, and hope vessels for me. They nurture the internal tools we want for every soul in our care.
“I’ve said before that you have the toughest job there is that of combining relationship with academics.” Chris Crutcher, young adult author & therapist, Voices in the Middle
Books to Inspire Us & Help Us Articulate Our Pedagogy &
Develop Writing Lessons
Allende, Isabelle. Inventing the Truth.
Anderson, Carl. (2004). How's It Going? Heinemann.
Anderson, Carl. (2005). Assessing Writers. Heinemann.
Benson, Laura, ed. (2000).
Benson, Laura. (2003). Drawing From Our Well: Creating Writing Lessons from Our
Benson, Laura. (2001). Living Literate Lives. CCIRA.
Benson, Laura. (2003). Portfolios of Proficiency. Draft for Colorado Department of Education.
Benson, Laura. (2002). Revision Rituals. CCIRA.
Benson, Laura. (2001). A Writer’s Bill of Rights. IRA.
Browder, Walter. (2005). Happily Ever After: a book lover’s treasury of happy endings.
Cameron, Julia. The Artist’s Way.
Cameron, Julia. The Right to Write.
Corgill, Ann Marie. (2008). Of Primary Importance: What’s Essential in Teaching Young Writers.
Davis, Judy. The No Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing.
Diller, Debbie. [numerous titles]
Elbow, Peter. (1983). Writing with Power. Heinemann.
Fletcher, Ralph & Portalupi. (1998). Craft Lessons. Stenhouse.
Fletcher, Ralph & Portalupi, JoAnn. (2001). Writers Workshop. Heinemann.
Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down The Bones.
Goldberg, Natalie. The Writing Life.
Gordimer, Nadine. Writing and Being.
Graves, Donald. Investigate with Nonfiction.
Graves, Donald. (1994). A Fresh Look at Writing. Heinemann.
Graves, Donald. (2005). Quick Writes. Heninemann.
Harwayne, Shelley. (1999). Going Public. Heninemann.
Harwayne, Shelley. (2005). Novel Perspectives: Writing Minilessons Inspired By The Children In Adult Fiction. Heinemann.
Harwayne, Shelley. (2001). Writing Through Childhood. Heinemann.
Hill, Bonnie C. (2000). Developmental Continuums. Christopher Gordon.
Hindley, Joanne. (1996). In the Company of Children. Stenhouse.
Horn, Martha and Giacobbe, Mary Ellen. (2008). Talking, Drawing, Writing: Lessons From Our Youngest Writers.
King, Stephen. On Writing.
Kirby, Dan & Liner, Tom. (1988; 2005). Inside Out: Developmental Strategies for Teaching Writing. Heninmann.
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird.
Lane, Barry. (1993). After The End: Teaching & Learning Creative Revision. Heinemann.
McMackin, Mary & Siegel, Barbara. Knowing How. Stenhouse.
Murray, Donald. (1996). Crafting A Life in Essays, Story, Poem. Heinemann.
Murray, Donald. Read to Write.
Murray, Donald. Shoptalk.
Murray, Donald. Write to Learn.
National Research Council. (1999). Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children’s Reading Success. [writing connections, too]
National Writing Project & Nagin, Carl. (2003). Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools. Josey Bass.
Peery, Angela. (2005). ARRIVE (Reflective Journaling).
Quindlen, Anna. (2005). Being Perfect.
Ray, Katie Wood and Cleveland, Lisa. About the Authors.
Ray, Katie Wood and Glover, Matt. (2008). Already Ready: Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten.
Ray, Katie Wood. Study Driven: A Framework for Planning Units of Study in the Writing Workshop.
Ray, Katie Wood. (1999). Wondrous Words. NCTE.
Reif, Linda. Vision & Voice. Heninemann.
Routman, Regie. (2005). Writing Essentials: Raising Expectations & Results While Simplifying Teaching. Heinemann.
Smith, Mary Ann & Juska, June. The Whole Story: Teachers Talks About Portfolios. National Writing Project.
Spandel, Vicki. (2001). Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction. Longman.
Stegner, Wallace. (1991). On The Teaching of Creative Writing. Stanford Press.
Strunk, W. & White, E.B. Elements of Style.
Taberski, Sharon. (2000). On Solid Ground.
Ueland, Brenda. If You Want to Write.
Welty, Eudora. (1987). One Writer’s Beginnings. Harvard.
Wilcox, Carol. (1993). All That Matters (edited by Linda Reif). Heninemann.
Youghans, Carol, & Piccolo, JoAnne. (2002). Inspiration…Not Imitation: Using Literature & The Six Traits to Inspire Young Writers. The Bookies.
Zinsser, William. On Writing Well.
The most important part of writing is to read.
I tell young people, “Read like a wolf eats,
read when they tell you not to read,
and read what the tell you not to read.”
If you read enough, ultimately when you
sit down to write, that information is in your head
and you can write, or it will start to work for you.
The rest is learning the mechanics,
which you can learn from reading, too.
Author Gary Paulsen in Regie Routman’s Writing Essentials
Books for Growing Writers
Any of the above titles offer us vignettes or advice to read to students (or, for students’ independent reading followed by discussions with fellow writers). Here are a few texts written for child authors:
Abeel, Samantha. Reach for the Moon.
Ahlberg, Allan. (2007). Previously.
Aliki. How a Book is Made.
Aliki. Painted Words, Spoken Words: Marianthe’s Story.
Althea. Making a Book.
Atkin, B. (1993). Voices from the Field: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories. Little, Brown, & Co.
Banks, Kate. (2008). Max’s Words.
Brennan-Nelson, Denise. Someday Is Not A Day of the Week. Chelsea: Sleeping Bear Press.
Bunting, Eve. Once Upon a Time. Richard C. Owens.
Cassedy, Sylvia. In Your Own Words: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing. Crowell.
Christelow, Eileen. What Do Authors Do?
Clements, Andrew. (1996). Frindle.
Cole, J. & Saul. On the Bus with Joanna Cole: A Creative Autobiography.
Creech, Sharon. (2008). Hate That Cat.
Creech, Sharon. (2001). Love That Dog.
Cronin, Doreen. (2003). Diary of a Worm.
Cronin, Doreen. Diary of a Spider
Cronin, Doreen. Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type
Cummings, Pat. Talking with Artists [Volume One; Volume Two].
Curtis, Jamie Lee. Big Words.
Dakos, Kalli. (1999). The Bug in Teacher’s Coffee and Other School Poems. New York: Harper Collins.
Ehrlich, Amy. When I Was Your Age: Original Stories About Growing Up I & II.
Ellis, Sarah. The Young Writer’s Companion: Journal.
Fletcher, Ralph. How Writers Work.
Fletcher, Ralph. Live Writing: Breathing Life Into Your Words.
Fletcher, Ralph. Author at Work: REFLECTIONS.
Fletcher, Ralph. What A Writer Needs.
Fletcher, Ralph. (2005). A Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Poets. Honesdale: Woodsong.
Florian, Douglas. (2003). Autumnblings.
Freedom Writes & Gruwell, E. (1999). The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. New York: Broadway Books.
Friedman, Robin. How I Survived My Summer Vacation…And Lived to Write the Story.
George, Kristin O’Connell. (2002). Little Dog Poems.
George, Kristin O’Connell. (2002). Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems.
Gilbar, Steven. The Open Door: When Writers First Learned to Read.
Graham, Bob. (2008). How to Heal a Broken Wing.
Guthrie & Bentley. The Young Author’s Do-It-Yourself Book.
Henson, Heather. (2008). That Book Woman.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Books are by People.
Howe, James. Playing with Words.
Janeczko, Paul B. Poetry From A to Z: A Guide for Young Writers.
Janeczko, Paul B. A Scholastic Guide: How To Write Poetry.
Jenkins, Steve. (2008). Dogs and Cats.
Kehoe, Michael. A Book Takes Root: The Making of a Picture Book.
Kennedy, Caroline. (2005). A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children.
Kloske, Geoffrey. (2005). Once upon a time, then End (asleep in 60 second).
Krull, Kathleen. Lives of the Writers.
Krupinski, Loretta. Bluewater Journal: The Voyage of the SEA TIGER
Leedy, Loreen. (2004). Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write & Illustrate Terrific Books.
Lloyd, Pamela. How Writers Work.
London, Jonathan. (1995). Like Butter on Pancakes.
Lowry, Lois. Looking Back: A Book of Memories.
Marcus, Leonard. Author Talk: Conversations with Judy Blume, Bruce Brooks, Karen Cushman, Russell Freedman….
McPhail, David. In Flight with David McPhail.
Moses, Barry & Harper, Isabella. My Dog Rosie
Nabisso, J. Show, Don’t Tell
Navasky, Bruno. Festival in My Heart: Poems by Japanese Children.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. How I Came to Be a Writer.
Nixon, Joan Lowery. The Making of a Writer.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. How I Came To Be A Writer.
Numeroff, Laura & Harpham, W. (2001). The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer. Simon & Schuster.
Owens, Richard C. (editor). Meet the Author Series. Richard C. Owens Publishers.
Pulver, Robin. (2005). Author Day for Room 3T.
Pulver, Robin. (2003). Punctuation Takes a Vacation.
Routman, Regie. Kids’ Poems: Teaching Student to Love Writing Poetry. Scholastic.
Rylant, Cynthia. Best Wishes: Meet the Author Series.
Rylant, Cynthia. (2008). Snow.
Shwartz, Ronald. (1999). For The Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most. Grosset-Putnam.
Spinelli, Eileen. (2008). Someday.
Spinelli, Eileen. (2008). The Best Story.
Spinelli, Jerry. Knots in My Yo-yo String.
Stepanek, Mattie. Heartsongs.
Stepanek, Mattie. Journey to Heartsongs.
Stevens, Janet. From Pictures to Words: A Book About Making A Book.
Swallow, Pamela Curtis. A Writer’s Notebook: The Ultimate Guide to Creative Writing.
Thomson, Sarah. (2005). Imagine a Day.
Thomson, Sarah. (2008). Imagine a Place.
Watt, Melanie. Chester.
Williams, Vera. Cherries & Cherry Pits. [Check out the dedication.]
Wong, Janet. (2002). You Have To Write.
Yolen, Jane. A Letter From
Zemach, Kaethe. The Character In The Book.
Mirrors & Windows: Helping students see themselves & learn about others through texts
Am I a Color Too? ~ Heidi Cole & Nancy Vogl
black is brown is tan ~ Arnold Adoff
Is There a Human Race? ~ Jamie Lee Curtis
Keep Climbing, Girls ~ Beah Richards
One Green Apple ~ Eve Bunting
How Much? Visiting Markets Around the World by Ted Lewin
I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
The Dot and Ish by Peter Reynolds
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra, illustrations by Marc Brown
The Librarian of
My Librarian Is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs
Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions ~ Janet S. Wong
In The Leaves ~ Huy Voun Lee
Skin Again ~ Bell Hooks
The Color of Us ~ Karen Katz
The Worry Web Site by Jacqueline Wilson
The Cheat by Amy Goldman Koss
Lunch Money and The Last
Story Time by Edward Bloor
The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Here Today by Ann Martin
Bindi Babes and Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (Newbery Honor 2004)
Jackie’s Wild Seattle and Leaving Protection by Will Hobbs
Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen
How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulsen
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Pirates! by Celia Rees
The Outcasts of
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt (Newbery Honor 2004)
Scrib by David Ives
The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park
Replay by Sharon Creech
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Silverfin by Charlie Higson
Small Steps by Louis Sachar
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
BEST HISTORICAL FICTION AND BIOGRAPHIES
Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer by Robert Byrd
Hallelujah Handel by Edouglas Cowling, illustrated by Jason Walker
Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed
John’s Secret Dreams by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Hudson Talbott
Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome, ill by James Ransome
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet by Kathryn Lasky
If the Walls Could Talk by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Gary Hovland
The Darling Nellie Bly: America’s Star Reporter by Bonnie Christensen
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
Luba, The Angel of Bergen-Belsen, told to Michelle McCann by Luba Tryszynska-Frederick
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of
Tsunami: Helping Each Other by Ann Morris and Heidi Larson
Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff and Paula Kabuke
The Milestone Project, photographs by Richard Steckel and Michele Steckel
Wonderful Words by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Ordinary Things: Poems from a Walk in Early Spring by Ralph Fletcher
A Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Poets by Ralph Fletcher
Least Things: Poems About Small Natures by Jane Yolen
Definitions by Sara Holbrook
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Coretta Scott King Honor)
A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms selected by Paul Janeczko
Fold Me a Poem by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Genre Based Text Structures:
Title List ~ NONFICTION
Animal Faces ~ Darlyne Murawski
Big & Little ~ Steve Jenkins
Bud and Blossom ~ Gail Saunders Smith
Cloud Book, The ~ Tomie dePaola
The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them by The Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell
Popcorn Book, The ~ Tomie dePaola
Rosa ~ Nikki Giovanni
Visiting Langston ~ Perdomo
*See the Meet the Authors Series published by Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc.
Rita Golden Gelman
Barnabas & Annabel Kindersley
Mary Pope Osborne
Gail Saunders Smith (esp. great for Kindergarten & early 1st; Gail is a K teacher)
*See www.guysread.com for connections to many of these authors.
Organizing Text with Repeated Phrase
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? ~ Bill Martin
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ~ Bill Martin
Don’t Be Sill, Mrs. Millie! ~ Judy Cox
Fortunately ~ Remy Charlip
Grandpa Never Lives ~ Ralph Fletcher
Imagine A Day ~ Sarah Thomson
Important Book, The ~ Margaret Wise Brown
In November ~ Cynthia Rylant
Making the World ~ Douglas Wood
Mothers Are Like That ~ Carol Carrick
My Dad ~ Anthony Brown
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You See? ~ Bill Martin
Someday Is Not a Day of the Week ~ Denise Brennan-Nelson
This is the Tree ~ Miriam Moss
Tree is Nice, A ~ Janie May Udry
Up North at the Cabin ~ Marsha Wilson
When I am Old With You ~ Angela Johnson
Organizing Text with a Series of Questions & Answers
Do You Know What I’ll Do? ~ C. Zolotow
Have you Ever Done That? ~ Julie Larios
Momma, Where Are You From? M. Bradby
One More Time, Mama ~ Sue Alexander
Organizing Text by Following Natural Time Pattern
Cloud Dance ~ Thomas Locker
Diary of a Spider ~ Doreen Cronin
Diary of a Worm ~ Doreen Cronin
Hungry Caterpillar ~ Eric Carle
Love That Dog ~ Sharon Creech
Granddad Tree ~ Trish Cooke
Mice & Beans ~ Pam Munoz Ryan
Park Beat ~ Jonathan London
Pieces: A Year in Poems & Quilts ~ Hines
When the Earth Wakes ~ Ani Rucki
Organizing Text with Sequence of Time [historical events]:
Rosa ~ Nikki Giovanni
Show Way ~ Jacqueline Woodson
Books with Surprise Endings:
Alexander & the Wind-up Mouse ~ Leo Lionni
Changes ~ Anthony Brown
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type ~ Doreen Cronin
First Day Jitters ~ Julie Dannenberg
Just Like Daddy ~ Frank Asch
Magic Hat, The ~ Mem Fox
Wednesday Surprise, The ~ Eve Bunting
Texts structured with Compare & Contrast:
Big & Little ~ Steve Jenkins
Color Me A Rhyme: Nature Poems for Young People by Jane Yolen
Tree Is Nice, A ~ Janie May Udry
Toot & Puddle ~ Holly Hobbie
Texts structured with Counting:
Hippos Go Bersek! ~ Sandra Boynton
Texts structured with ABC:
Animalia ~ Graham Base
Q is for Duck
SHORT & SPIRITED TEXTS
to foster students’ motivation & confidence to write
Poetry, Poetry, Poetry to the Rescue!
To help students 1) want to write; 2) generate topics for their writing; and 3) be mindful of structuring their writing (to name just a few benefits here), poetry is a terrific motivator. The brevity of poems makes it possible for students “to finish what they start.” To help students understand how to structure texts in poetic form, turn to the following mentors.
Kristin O’Connell George
Lee Bennett Hopkins
George Ella Lyon (in picture book format)
Creech, Sharon Heartbeat
Creech, Sharon Love That Dog
Dakos, Kalli The Bug in Teacher’s Coffee and Other School Poems
Doolittle, B. & Maclay, E. The Forest Has Eyes
Fletcher, Ralph Ordinary Things: Poems from a Walk in Early Spring
Fletcher, Ralph A Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Poets
Florian, Douglas Autumnblings
George, Kristin O. The Great Frog Race
George, Kristin O. Little Dog Poems
George, Kristin O. Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems
Graves, Donald Baseball, Snakes, and Summer Squash: Poems About Growing Up
Holbrook, Sara Definitions
Holbrook, Sara The Dog Ate My Homework
Holbrook, Sara Wham! A Poetry Jam
Hopkins, Lee Bennett Extra Innings: Baseball Poems
Hudson Pass It On!
Johnston, Tony It’s About Dogs.
Kennedy, Caroline A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children
Lillegard, Dee Hello School! A Classroom Full of Poems
Locker, Thomas Mountain Dance
London, Jonathan Fireflies in the Night
London, Jonathan Like Butter On Pancakes
Myers, Walter Dean Monster [for H.S. & above]
Spain, Sahara Sunday if there would be no light… [CHILD AUTHOR]
Stepanek, Mattie Heartsongs [series of poetry collections] [CHILD AUTHOR]
Also, picture books are often poems. They offer students keen insights about the options they can explore and utilize in structuring and organizing their own texts.
Jokes, Pun, & Riddles
Jokes and humor texts help students playfully approach text structure and offer students diverse genre portraits. As you engage students in learning from humor mentors texts, first and foremost, engage children in reading their own writing and the work of their peers.
Calmenson, Stephanie What Am I? Very First Riddles
dePaola, Tomie Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Mother Goose Rhymes
Keane, Bil Pun-Abridged Dictionary
Merriam, Eve Higgle Wiggle: Happy Rhymes
O’Donnell, Rosie Kids Are Funny 1 & 2
Terban, Marvin In A Pickle and Other Funny Idioms
Journal Book Bundle
To create their short and spirited texts journal or diary type texts, the following mentor text offer students a variety of ways to structure their own journal/diary writing
Cronin, Doreen Diary of a Worm
Filopovic, Zlata Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo
Fitzhugh, Louise Harriet the Spy
Hunter, Latoya The Diary of Latoya Hunter: My First Year in Jr. High +
Moss, Marissa Amelia’s Notebooks (numerous titles)
Park, Barbara Junie B., First Grader (at last!)
Snyder, Carol Memo: To Myself When I Have A Teenage Kid +
Wardlaw, Lee 101 Ways To Bug Your Parents
Wilder, Laura Ingalls On The Way Home
and… Safari Journal
Letter Writing Book Bundle
First and foremost, engage children in reading their own writing/letters and the work of their peers. As well as providing students with a relevant genre in which to learn more about text structure, letter writing is very motivating for kids. Additionally, letters provide us with a relevant vehicle to teach students conventions and help them care about being mindful of conventions in their own writing.
Ahlberg, Janet & Allen The Jolly Postman Or Other’s People’s Letters
The Jolly Pocket Postman
Banotuk, Nick Griffin and Sabine (trilogy)
Caseley, Judith Dear Annie
Cleary, Beverly Dear Mr. Henshaw
Cronin, Doreen Click Clack Moo Cows That Type
Diary of a Spider
Diary of a Worm
Giggle Giggle Quack
Day, Alexandra Special Deliveries
Dupasquier, Philippe Dear Daddy...
Fox, Mem Dear Mem Fox, I Have Read All Your Books Even The Pathetic Ones
George, Jean Dear Rebecca, Winter Is Here
Giff, Patricia Reilly The War Began at Supper: Letter To Miss Loria
James, Simon Dear Mr. Blueberry
Johnston, Tony Amber On The Mountain
Nagda, Ann Whitehead Dear Whiskers
Nichol, Barbara Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Nordlicht, Lillian A Medal for Mike
Pak, Soyung Dear Juno
Pomerantz, Charlotte The Birthday Letters
Ross, Tony Little Wolf’s Book of Badness
Selway, Martina Don’t Forget To Write
Whybrow, Ian Little Wolf’s Book of Badness
Magazines & Periodicals
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Time for Kids
Books to Deepen Students Love of Words & Word Learning
Clements, Andrew. (1996). Frindle. New York: Aladdin.
DeGross, Mona Lisa. (1994). Donovan’s Word Jar. New York: Trophy.
Funk, Charles. (1948). Hog On Ice & Other Curious Expressions. New York: Harper Colophon.
Gwynne, Fred. Chocolate Moose for Dinner.
Gwynne, Fred. The King Who Rained.
Holbrook, Sara. (2002). Wham! It’s a Poetry Jam: Discovering Performance Poetry. Honesdale, PA: Woodsong.
Joseph, Lynn. (2000). The Color of My Words. New York: Joanna Cotler Books.
Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird Greene
Snicket, Lemony. The Series of Unfortunate Events.
Yolen, Jane. Color Me A Rhyme: Nature Poems for Young People. Honesdale, PA: Woodsong.
*Beck, McKeown, & Kucan. Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction.
for Cultivating Students’ Topic Generation
The following texts are excellent “co-teachers” as you model and apprentice students in writing from a memory. Modeling and apprenticing students in writing from a memory, the following texts help us illuminate how and why to create these stories with and for our students.
dePaola, Tomie The Art Lesson
Chicken Feet in My Soup
Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs
Now One Foot, Now the Other
Kennedy, Caroline A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poems for Children
Paulsen, Gary My Life in Dog Years
Rylant, Cynthia The Relatives Came; When I Was Young in the Mountains
Thomson, Sarah Imagine a Day
Memoir & Biography Shorter Texts & Vignettes
First and foremost, engage children in reading their own writing and the work of their peers.
Cleary, Beverly Girl From Yamhill
Fountes, Justine & Ron Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, Leader, Legend
Hopkins, Lee Bennett Pauses: Autobiographical Reflections of 101 Creators of Children’s Books
Howe, James Playing With Words
Joyce, William The William Joyce Scrapbook
Krull, Kathleen Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels, And What The Neighbors Thought
Lew, Brenda Ralph The Story of Ann Frank
Little, Jean Hey, World, Here I Am!
McPhail, David In Flight With David McPhail: A Creative Autobiography
Newman, Paul I Will Sing Life: Voices from the Hole in the Wall Gang
Scieszka, Jon (2005) Guys Write for GUYS READ [Viking]
Williams, Rozanne Lanczak & Maio, Barbara Meet The Authors (series)
Woodson, Jacqueline Showway
Yolen, Jane Life on