Explore Learning Pathways: Writing for Children

Our hometown libraries offer a tsunami full of writing-rich resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, between the ages of 0 to 12 (and their Summer Learning Coaches), will enjoy getting creative with fun writing activities on these hot summer days!

So pull down those learning swim caps - and let's get started with Writing for Children!

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CreativeWritingCreative Writing by Mary Budzik; illustrations by Simon Basher

Presents an approach to creative writing that personifies key steps and elements of good writing to explain such areas as creating characters, establishing settings, and enabling events to move in a logical order.


WritertoWriterWriter to Writer: from think to ink by Gail Carson Levine

Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine offers a behind-the-scenes take on writing and teaches you how to become a world-class author. Drawing from her popular blog, Gail answers readers' fiction- and poetry-writing questions and dives into how to make a story come alive. If you're interested in writing prose and poetry or just want to be a better and more rounded writer, this book will help you on your creative journey. With her trademark humor and vast writing knowledge, Gail Carson Levine reveals the tricks of her trade, writer to writer.


BestStory The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli

When a contest at the local library offers a prize for the best story, a girl tries to write one using her family's suggestions, but her story does not seem right until she listens to her heart.


LittleRedLittle Red Writing by Joan Holub; illustrations by Melissa Sweet

Once upon a time, in pencil school, a brave little red pencil sets out to write an exciting story with nouns and adverbs and everything--but first she has to face the ravenous pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000.


RalphRalph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon

Nothing ever happens to Ralph. So every day when it's time to write stories, Ralph thinks really hard. He stares at his paper. He stares at the ceiling. But he has no stories! With the help of his classmates, Ralph realizes that a great story can be about something very little . . . and that maybe he really does have some stories to tell.

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EvanovichWrite a Graphic Novel in 5 Simple Steps by Jeffrey Edwards Peters

Using a witty Q&A format, Evanovich and creative writing professor Ina Yalof detail the elements of writing and publishing a novel, and address all categories of fiction—from mystery/thriller/action titles to romance; from stand-alone narratives to series. It offers practical and inspiring advice on such subjects as structuring a plot and handling rejection.

WritingMagicWriting Magic: creating stories that fly by Gail Carson Levine

In Writing Magic, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares her secrets of great writing. She shows how you, too, can get terrific ideas for stories, invent great beginnings and endings, write sparkling dialogue, develop memorable characters--and much, much more. She advises you about what to do when you feel stuck--and how to use helpful criticism. Best of all, she offers writing exercises that will set your imagination on fire.

WordWordWord after word after word by Patricia MacLachlan

Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class--bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding. An honest, inspiring story about what is real and what is unreal, and about the ways that writing can change our lives and connect us to our own stories--word after word after word.


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Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find children's programs.

Dig Deeper with Databases

BrainFuseBrainFuse -  Get live homework assistance from online tutors. Also offers a 24-hour writing lab!


Explore These Internet Resources

Alice, an educational software that teaches students computer programming in a 3D environment

Animoto, a quick and easy way to make book trailers or short films

Scratch, simple computer programming software for storytelling

Scribblitt, create and illustrate your own book online


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For more writing resources available at your library, check out WORD magazine and the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

Check out our new Pioneer Library System Connect app! With your library card number and 4-digit PIN you'll be able to:

  • Search for Print & eBooks;
  • Place holds on Print & eBooks;
  • Retrieve eBooks that are ready for download;
  • Using OverDrive® Read technology, open & read eBooks directly in the PLS Connect app;
  • Renew Print & eBooks, that are eligible for renewal;
  • Return eBooks before the expiration date;
  • Easily get program & event information for your library.

Available for App Store for Apple and Google Play for Android.

As always, if you don’t see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!