My experiences as a creative person, tutor of children, and teacher of creative writing

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Books to use to Motivate Children to write Creative Stories

Suggestions of Some Picture Books to Use
in Motivating Children to Write

It usually is easiest for children to start writing by sharing their own experiences, but some children enjoy writing poetry, fantasy stories, or even reports. Allow the child to start with
whatever they feel most comfortable and whatever they are excited about.

I read a picture book to the children. Afterward, we share memories or ideas which were prompted by the story. As soon as a child mentions an idea, I tell them not to spoil their story by telling it now. I quickly send them off to write while they are excited.

Some fun picture books I have used:

Alphabet Book Making and using exciting words
Animalia by Graeme Base
The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

Their own experiences and descriptive writing
All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston (family history stories)
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow by Patricia Polacco (holiday)
When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco (family reunion)

Persuasive Writing
Dear Mrs. LaRue by Mark Teague (dog trying to convince owner he is innocent of misbehavior)
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (Big Bad Wolf trying to convince us he is innocent)

Other Points of View (other voices)
I, Crocodile by Fred Marcellino (from the crocodiles view point)
Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose (ant and human view points)
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg (from ants view point)

Fantasy (also see persuasive writing and Other Points of View)
Moon Ball by Jane Yolen (dream of game with planets in space)
Time Train by Paul Fleischman (traveling back in time)
Alistair and the Allen Invasion (science fiction and surprise ending)
Piggy Pie! By Margie Palatini (humor)
The Horned Toad Prince by Jackie Mims Hopkins (retelling a fairy tale in
another setting)