Books to Help Kids get Creative in Writing

Most recently, Carean has received a number of emails on how to make the learning of writing independently at home more fun and creative. Well, here are some books that will be great companions for learning at home with the kids, fun and meaningful. Here is a list of useful books that will certainly help you gain fresh perspectives on creative writing, packed with a punch of tips!

All are available at the Book Depository, with shipping included. The books are shipped right to your doorstep!

Writer to Writer : From Think to In

Creating magical creatures, conjuring an evil villain, or making characters jump off the page are all things kids can learn how to do as a writer. Gail Carson Levine is the right person to assist you to help your kids reach their goals.

 If your kid is  interested in writing prose and poetry or just wants to be a better and more rounded writer, this book will benefit his or her creative journey.

My thoughts: 

This is a well-intended and comprehensible resource that might save aspiring young writers a lot of time and effort. It’s a wonderful gold mine of writing tips and suggestions for kids. The author encourages her audience to put self-criticism aside and write and revise instead, emphasizing that this is a fun and important process. The excerpts themselves are incredibly diverse, allowing for a vast range of genres to be written. By the end of the book, if a reader follows her instructions to the letter, he or she will be well on their way to becoming a better writer.

The Writer’s Diet: A Guide to Fit Prose 

Do your kids’ sentences sag? Could their paragraphs use a pick-me-up? If so, The Writer’s Diet is geared towards your kids ! It’s a short, sharp introduction to great writing that will help them energize their prose and boost their verbal fitness.

Helen Sword avoids jargon and over-analyzed explanations. Her advice is to avoid using prepositional phrases, use active verbs whenever feasible, emphasize concrete language over abstract ideas, avoid using long strings of words and use adjectives and adverbs only when they add something new to the meaning of a sentence.

My Thoughts:

This brief book is packed with helpful writing advice that’s presented in an approachable and empathetic  manner. Using The Writer’s Diet as a guide, you may thin down, tone up, and become a more active, engaging, and colourful writer. According to Times Higher Education, the author aims to lead readers to ‘fit and trim’ prose via an assault course covering horrors such as ‘Prepositional pudge ‘, ‘Ad-dictions’ and ‘Waste words.’ Very useful tips given!

How Writer’s Work: Finding a Process that Works for You

Unlock the secret to being a writer! 

Surprise! There is no secret to being a writer. But there is a process.

Good writing isn’t forged by magic or hatched out of thin air. Good writing happens when your kids follow certain steps to take control of their sentences—to make their words do what they want them to do. This book lifts the curtain on how writers work and helps aspiring writers discover their own writing process.

Everyone can struggle with the writing process at times. Unlock your kids’ potential by reading How Writers Work!

Useful:

This book is an excellent resource for kids interested in the writing process, as well as an excellent introduction book to read to as you guide your child through the writing process. Ralph Fletcher excels at encouraging writers and presenting the issues and struggles inherent in writing in ways that make them appear less intimidating and more like chances, which is quite ingenious. Interviews with a variety of writers from a variety of different backgrounds shed light on their techniques and writing routines. The secret of writing, according to Fletcher, is that there is no secret. 

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook

In Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook, your kids will find practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers.

The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer’s block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.

My Thoughts:

This is a How To book for youngsters who wish to write; the authors have created such a great, hilarious, insightful book that you can simply tell young writers to read it if they need assistance. A fantastic resource with a fun and equally excellent beginner’s tutorial.

Live Writing: Breathing Life Into Your Words

What is “live writing”? It’s the kind of writing that has a current running through it—energy, electricity, juice. This book is a young writer’s toolbox for bringing writing to life. But instead of awls and hammers, this toolbox contains words, imagination, a love of books, a sense of story, and ideas for how to make the writing live and breathe.

My Thought: 

This educational book provides concise and clear explanations, as well as inspiration for young writers . Some chapters concentrate on narrative elements such as setting and conflict, while others emphasize the significance of developing the author’s own distinct voice. Despite the fact that this book is intended to educate younger writers, it contains many beneficial suggestions for all authors, particularly those who are facing the writer’s block. It’s an easy-to-read book in which the author illustrates his arguments with student writing samples. 

Finish this Book

Your kids’ mission is to become the new author of this work. How fun is that?  Your child will continue the author’s research and provide the content. In order to complete the task, he or she will have to undergo some secret intelligence training, which is included in this volume. Enjoy!

My Thought:

This book empowers your children to be creative problem solvers while developing their own distinct voice and creative authority. When readers reach the final page, they have not only completed the book, but they have also become a genuine creator. It is in fact wonderful to see a book like this in a society when kids are engrossed in devices.

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These books are reviewed by Sheila Mae, an experienced English teacher and highly recommended by Carean Oh, an educational consultant who provides advice on how to improve performance for PSLE English.

- Carean Oh

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