Monday, July 20, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday


My children like to write almost as much as I do. We can spend an entire morning writing stories or journaling together and never get bored.

Most of the time we’ll work on our own ideas, but sometimes we enjoy doing the exercises in Gail Carson Levine’s “Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly.”

Even though it’s written for children ages 9 and up, I’ve been using it for years with my kids (currently ages 9 and 6). They like using her writing prompts to spark their own creativity and her conversational tone makes the book a great teaching tool. I’ll read through it myself when I need inspiration or a gentle reminder of how to make my characters sparkle.

I’m hosting Non-Fiction Monday for the Kidlitosphere today, so if you have a related post, leave the link in the comments.

Shirley at SimplyScience writes about Plate Tectonics
simplyscience.wordpress.com

Recently on INK: Interesting Nonfiction for Kids

"The Inconstant Moon" by Cheryl Harness, "Both Sides of the Story?" by Marfe Ferguson Delano, "When Reptiles Had Whiskers" by Loreen Leedy, "Lots of Kids Who Think they Hate Reading are Actually Avid Nonfiction Lovers" by Linda Salzman, "How Amazing is That?" by Susan E. Goodman, "An Unexpected Hero" by Barbara Kerley, "Don't Take My Word For It" by Richard Panchyk, and "Pouring on the Salt" by Rosalyn Schanzer. http://inkrethink.blogspot.com

Roberta continues her quest to find nonfiction for older readers with a review of "Tools of Timekeeping" at blog.wrappedinfoil.com

Heidi Bee Roemer reviews "Why Are Animals Blue?"
at the Wild About Nature blog: http://wildaboutnaturewriters.blogspot.com

Bookends Blog has a post about the Bob Marley picture book biography, "I and I"
http://bookends.booklistonline.com

Nonfiction Monday review at 100 Scope Notes 100scopenotes.wordpress.com

"Sandy's Circus," a fabulous picture book bio on Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee Stone thegiftofabook.blogspot.com

"Discover the Oceans" over at
A Patchwork of Books


See art from Brian Floca's MOONSHOT today:
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

As everyone assesses President Obama's 6 month term, Lori Calabrese is assessing the Barack Obama picture books by Nikki Grimes and Jonah Winter.

Obama's Performance in Children's Books


Abby (the) Librarian has a review of Remember Little Rock
abbylibrarian.blogspot.com

I'll keep adding links to great non-fiction for kids throughout the day. Enjoy!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi -- Thanks for hosting!

Recently on INK: Interesting Nonfiction for Kids -- "The Inconstant Moon" by Cheryl Harness, "Both Sides of the Story?" by Marfe Ferguson Delano, "When Reptiles Had Whiskers" by Loreen Leedy, "Lots of Kids Who Think they Hate Reading are Actually Avid Nonfiction Lovers" by Linda Salzman, "How Amazing is That?" by Susan E. Goodman, "An Unexpected Hero" by Barbara Kerley, "Don't Take My Word For It" by Richard Panchyk, and "Pouring on the Salt" by Rosalyn Schanzer.
http://inkrethink.blogspot.com/

Roberta said...

The "Writing Magic" book looks awesome, I can't wait to pick it up,

Today I continued my quest to find nonfiction for older readers with a review of "Tools of Timekeeping" at http://blog.wrappedinfoil.com/?p=354.

Thanks for hosting,
Roberta

The Wild About Writing Trio said...

Thank you for hosting this week!

Heidi Bee Roemer reviews Why Are Animals Blue? at the Wild About Nature blog:

http://wildaboutnaturewriters.blogspot.com/2009/07/nonfiction-monday-why-are-animals-blue.html

KIm

Cindy Dobrez said...

Bookends Blog has a post about the Bob Marley picture book biography, I and I today at: http://bookends.booklistonline.com

Lisa and Laura said...

I love that you write with your kids! I need to remember that as mine grow older. What a wonderful thing to be gift to share with your children.

BJW said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing the cool stuff. I love Gail Carson Levine, great speaker, great book on writing.

Thanks

Scope Notes said...

I posted a Nonfiction Monday review at 100 Scope Notes - thanks for hosting! http://100scopenotes.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/nonfiction-monday-road-to-revolution-by-stan-mack-and-susan-champlin/

Amanda said...

I have a Non-Fiction Monday post on the title Discover the Oceans over at my blog, A Patchwork of Books. Thanks!

Dianne said...

Thank you for hosting. I recommend "Sandy's Circus" this week. Such a fabulous picture book bio on Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee Stone.

http://thegiftofabook.blogspot.com/

Jules at 7-Imp said...

I've got some art from Brian Floca's MOONSHOT today: http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1738. Thanks for hosting!

Lori Calabrese said...

As everyone is assessing President Obama's 6 month term, at Lori Calabrese Writes!, I'm assessing the Barack Obama picture books by Nikki Grimes and Jonah Winter.

Obama's Performance in Children's Books

All the best,
Lori
www.loricalabrese.com

Abby said...

At Abby (the) Librarian, I have a review of Remember Little Rock -

http://abbylibrarian.blogspot.com/2009/07/book-review-remember-little-rock.html

Thanks for hosting!

Barrie said...

I wonder if that writing prompt book would work with my kids. I must give it a go. Thanks for all the links. Very interesting.

Solvang Sherrie said...

LiLa - I'm so thankful that they enjoy reading and writing. I love being able to share that with them.

BJW - Lucky you to hear her speak! I think she's amazing.

Barrie - Definitely give it a try. We've had a lot of fun with it.

Kelly H-Y said...

How completely awesome that you have that to share with your kiddos ... and they enjoy it just as much as you do!!! So cool!

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

I am so thankful I stumbled onto your blog and thank you for all these wonderful links!!!

Have a good night,

krista

Shelli said...

i love Magic book! these are great resources thanks!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Kelly H-Y - I'll have to share some of their stories. They're good little writers :)

Krista - Thanks! Glad you enjoy!

Shelli - Isn't it a great book? And I'm glad you like the links.

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