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Writing is hard, and the best way to become a better writer is to read. Reading anything and everything helps you to write better, but sometimes reading a book about writing can be an especially big help.  

Here are some of the best books for kids who are writing stories of their own. 

Also an Octopus

Also an Octopus

By Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Illustrated by Benji Davis 

This picture book goes through step by step to tell the reader what they need to write a story. The light tone, silly details, and Benji Davis’s colorful illustrations make this a fun and easy read.  A young reader might not even notice that with all of that fun that they are learning the building blocks of a story at the same time. 

Although I've read this book aloud to young children and everyone has had fun, it's also a good choice for older writers who are feeling blocked and need to be reminded of the joys of writing.   

The Panda Problem

The Panda Problem 

By Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by Hannah Marks 

This title is a recent selection of the Texas 2x2 books; books selected because they are ideal to read aloud to young children. It is another funny book that illustrates story elements.  Chiefly, in order to write a story, you need a character with a problem. 

The back and forth between the narrator and the panda in the title is great for reading aloud, making this a great book for introducing elements of story to a class of students. 

Look I wrote a book

Look I Wrote A Book (and You Can Too!) 

By Sally Lloyd-Jones 

Illustrated by Neal Layton

This is a cute book about the writing process.  There’s a lot of humor in this text, much of it conveyed by the illustrations, but there is also some good advice for the budding author. 

The writing process as described as well as the humor in this text is probably best for students in third grade or younger.

Writing with Rosie

Writing With Rosie 

By Patricia Reilly Giff 

This short book, by an author with two Newberry Honor books, is intended for a middle-grade audience.  The veteran author walks the reader through tips for writing compelling fiction. Giff uses examples from her own work to illustrate different writing concepts throughout the book, but the star of the book is Giff’s dog, Rosie. 

This book is more practical and less fun than some of the books for younger readers, but Rosie’s antics bring some humor and levity to Giff's practical writing tips.   

Writing magic

Writing Magic 

By Gail Carson Levine 

Middle-Grade Fantasy readers will probably already be familiar with the author of popular works like Ella Enchanted. Levine offers advice and exercises to writers, the most important advice being to save what you write because you never know what might offer inspiration later.  As an adult who sometimes comes across my early writing efforts, I can label this sound advice.  Sometimes it is good for a laugh and at other times, you are touched by a turn of phrase or a description that the younger you penned.  Levine offers encouragement without sugarcoating the difficulties of writing a story.  Although it is written on a middle-grade level, I would recommend this book to a writer of any age - not just children. 

Looking for books for older readers and writers? Check out my recommendations for adults here: 

5 books for adults
Related Content: Writing Books for Adults

Join the HCPL community and write with us this month for National Novel Writing Month! In the meantime, I hope you find these books inspiring. 


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