Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rip The Page ... A Fun Book for Young Writers

...Win a copy of Rip The Page ... if you know a young writer, here is your chance to win a copy of this great resource for writers of all ages. Do you have a writing tip to share? Leave a comment below to enter the contest.

Rip The Page!
Adventures in Creative Writing
By Karen Benke

“Here are the ideas, experiments, and inspiration to get your writing to flow off the page! … with zany prompts … and letters of encouragement written directly to you from famous authors ….”

Dear Teen Author,

This is a book is for you. It is full of creative ideas designed to excite and encourage you to write. There are question to ask yourself and lists full of words to drop onto the page. There are notes from other writers, like Naomi Shihab Nye who will tell you that there is nothing too small to notice. And C.B. Follett who will suggest that you “let your poem lead you.” Award winning author Karen Cushman writes to find out what happens to her characters. And so can you.

Do you have a memory that won’t go away? Questions without answers? A desire to show and not tell? This book will help you uncover the stories of your life and help you capture them in a fresh, new way, and drop them onto the page.

Author Karen Benke says: “It’s a book for you to write in, explore, share, and rip— that’s right, you get to tear pages right out of this book!”

One more thing … there are names and addresses of publishers who just might be interested in your first, or next story.


Note: If you ever imagined that you might have a story to tell Rip The Page is the book is for you.

Helping Kids Write - A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage...

The Right Start
A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories
By Jennifer Hallissy

Contest: Win a copy of this book by leaving a writing tip in the comment line below.

“Learning to write is a milestone of childhood, one that ranks right up there with baby’s first smile, first steps, and first words.” Author quote

Kids have great stories to tell and with a little encouragement and the right tools these storytellers can become great writers. Whether your child is a scribbler (learning to hold the crayon), a speller (hard at work learning to master letter formation), a storyteller (they can talk on the page!), or a scholar (writers who are also readers) Jennifer Hallisy has written the book on how to create young writers.
Each of the four categories is designed to help you identify the child’s development stage and how best to provide them with a solid foundation of writing basics. From teaching them how to hold a pencil and form the letters of the alphabet, to creating writing spaces and meaningful writing rituals at home, this book gives you all the information and inspiration you need to raise a confident writer.*
A great tool for anyone who works with children (parents and grandparents, homeschooling moms, teachers, and other OT’s) and can easily fit into a daily or weekly schedule.

“In order to help guide your children in the “write” direction, it helps to know exactly where you’re going.” Ms. Hallisy has written the book that will help you and your child every step of the way.

Note: There are 52 playful activities to guide you and each comes with specific instructions for your child. Templates to jump-start writing activities are included.

Jennifer Hallissy is a mom, a pediatric occupational therapist and a blogger (her blog The Right Start is here: http://thewritestart.typepad.com/ and contains great photos). Her
Includes 52 playful activities

*quoted from the back cover