Stories to Enjoy That Also Happen to Teach Writing
I like stories that have an impromptu or behind the scenes feel. I guess it’s like being let in on a secret but I also like them because writing is something that everyone should master and I love to introduce subjects or instructional information to my kids in a fun way. Here are four books we like that are great stories and also happen to explain writing and story creation techniques, process, and principles…
A Book written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein (Caldecott winner for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers): There is a family in this book that sleeps when the pages are dark and the book is closed. Follow along as the daughter goes searching for a genre for her story. Maybe you will find your too!
A Story with Pictures by Barbara Kanninen and illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed: We read this book a few years ago and I remember it was very clever and entertaining but when I went to take it out of the library again as a refresher it had been withdrawn. Boo! It is about an illustrator who loses the manuscript she is supposed to be working on. The story is her zany attempt to recreate the story with character, setting, and conflict help from a duck (of course).
Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet (my favorite illustrator!): This book is take on Little Red Riding Hood as if it took place in a pencil box. In it a little red pencil jumps into the writing process and learns how to use nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs along the way. Can you guess who the wolf part is played by? It is something pencils must find very scary! The publisher offers a common core discussion guide. Get it here.
A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing by Avi (the award winning author of Crispin) and illustrated by Tricia Tusa: This is a chapter book that I read together with my daughter. It is about the adventures of a snail who wants to write and his friend the ant who teaches him how. This book is full of word play that is both clever and fun. We enjoyed it very much!
These books remind me of those recipes for kids that you sneak in pureed veggies. Know of other deceptively educational books? Please share!