Monday, July 20, 2009
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
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
I'll keep adding links to great non-fiction for kids throughout the day. Enjoy!