Book Recommendations

for Young Authors

If you have ever attempted to write creatively, you know how daunting it seems at first. A simple way toward motivation and helpful techniques is to read books by writers on writing. These books are windows into the lives of successful authors, and from their words a new writer can, gather inspiration, improve his or her skills, and empathise about the difficulty of writing.

Narrative Writing

 
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Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter

Practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers.

After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice,accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young 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.

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Juicy Writing by Brigid Lowry

Let Brigid inspire you to doodle, daydream and discover your creativity - then write hard and fast into the wild land of your imagination. If you ever thought you'd like to write, start reading Juicy Writing!

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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

This inspired collection of short stories is based on the original illustrations of Chris Van Allsburg in his much-loved picture book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, and features many remarkable best-selling authors from the worlds of both adult and children's literature - Stephen King, Lemony Snicket, Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and Chris Van Allsburg himself. 

Poetry Writing

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The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base, a visual feast with a clever mystery in poetic form. The rhyming and alliteration of the poem matches the complexity of the illustrations and can be used for any primary year level.

When Horace the elephant turns eleven, he celebrates instyle by inviting his exotic friends to a splendid costume party. But a mystery is afoot, for in the midst of the games, music, and revelry, someone has eaten the birthday feast. The rhyming text and lavish, detailed illustrations each provide clues, and it's up to the reader to piece them together and decide whodunit!"

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How to Write Poems by Joseph Coelho

How to Write Poems is bursting with exciting activities to get your pen flowing! 

Whether you already write poems, you've never written before, or you're not even sure what a poem is – this is the book for you. Full of useful tips and starting points, How to Write Poems will make you chuckle, make you think, and inspire you to write your own poetry.  Join popular poet Joseph Coelho as he explores a mind-boggling selection of poetry: from laughable limericks to poetic puns, and from ridiculous rhymes to silly sibilance. Pick up this book, grab a pen, and get going! 

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What is Poetry? By Michael Rosen

A detailed and very personal guide to reading and writing poetry by one of the country’s leading children’s poets.

Over many years as a working poet, Michael Rosen has thought a great deal about what poems are, what they can do and the pleasure that comes from writing and reading poetry. In this invaluable handbook, he shares this knowledge and experience in book form for the very first time. Starting with a detailed analysis of a number of classic poems, he offers a real “writer’s guide” to writing and performing poems, as well as a wealth of technical information and tips. He then takes a fascinating look at a selection of his own poems and explains how and why he wrote them. Complete with an appendix of poets and useful websites, and beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Jill Calder, this is the only guide to poetry children and teachers will ever need.