Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras

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36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras. By AnnMarie Hurtado. Chicago: ALA, 2018. 240 p. Paper $49.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1648-3).

Many children's librarians know that the five practices of Every Child Ready to Read, one of which is writing, help foster reading and improve literacy skills. The practice of writing also aligns with Common Core Standards at most grade levels. But often, libraries don't include writing--or at least structured writing--in their program offerings. The author of this book, a youth services librarian, introduces compelling ideas and research evidence for why writing is so important. This introduction leads into the "hows" of presenting writing to children at the library.

Each chapter is laid out like a class plan with a clear presentation and includes graphics, worksheets, lists, and preparation tips to help librarians create a writing program for various ages. The author also notes the Common Core goals being met by each lesson. Each chapter is paired with a book suggestion--including up-to-date picture books, poetry, and nonfiction--so librarians can read the story with the children and then encourage them to complete the accompanying exercises. …

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