Kids Want to Write? Read Spilling Ink Book.

Spilling Ink, a Young Writer’s Handbook isn’t what I expected, it’s MORE!  I loved it – and think it’s appropriate for us older young writers, too!

Writing book for kids

*The only books for young writers I like are well, very few — Ralph Fletcher and Victoria Hanley‘s books come to mind in addition to my new favorite, Spilling Ink.

Here’s why I recommend this book for your kids (and you):writing book for kids

  • Encourages writing anything and breaking the rules.
  • Broken into manageable sections, making it easy to read.
  • Helpful ideas.
  • Memorable – love the stories of writing shared by both authors.
  • Relatable – all writers stumble and grow, Anne and Ellen show how they’ve failed and succeeded.
  • Inspiring!
  • “I Dare You” ideas.

If you haven’t bought this book for your kids or yourself, it’s time. (Okay, if your child is only two, maybe wait a few years.  I’m just saying . . .)

Spilling Ink is written by two experienced children’s book authors — Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter who, besides having lots of books, host a great blog on writing. Today, Anne Mazer shares on Imagination Soup ideas for writing dates with your kids.

GIVEAWAY! Do you want to win a copy of Spilling Ink? Comment below and tell why you’d like to win.  Contest ends July 31, 2010. (U.S. and Canada only.)

UPDATE: Congratulations to Marlis!  I wish I could give this book to all of you so as usual, I used to select the winner.

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  1. says

    I’d love to win this, as I have great respect for Anne Mazer’s work and am sure this would be fantastic. I like how you point out the structure and notable elements of the book here.

    I also use writing prompts and ideas in my work as a librarian and in my own business, and appreciate learning more about these topics all the time.

  2. Seedgirl says

    I don’t just want to win this book, I’d like to buy it. Where can I get it? This should be in the summer fun kit of things to create and do.

  3. says

    This book will be a great resource for the students who I work with… will encourage & inspire them to write….to let them know it is ok to fail, use our failures to help us succeed…

  4. says

    I’m not sure why this is, but I seem to attract aspiring kid-writers. It might be because they know I write, but I somehow think that a forceful respect for the creative work of young people has magnetic-like qualities all its own.

    I’d love to be able to share Anne’s book with the young writers in my world.

  5. Kelly says

    The book sounds amazing! I would like to encourage my oldest daughter’s love of telling stories. This summer I have been writing down several of her stories and she then she illustrates. We share the stories so many times she practically has them memorized. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  6. Delaine says

    I have daughters who love to write because they had teachers who inspired them (and a mom, too, I would like to think)! I would love to inspire my young students to write and perhaps to become authors themselves in the future. Thanks for your help in doing this.

  7. Robin says

    I used some of the sample “I Dare You” writings with my summer school group. They loved the idea of being “dared” to write something. To them it wasn’t as threatening as a regular writing assignment. I can’t wait to get my hands on Spilling Ink so I can use the ideas regularly in my classroom to inspire all my writers.

  8. says

    My son’s blog is linked this comment. He’s a recent budding non-fiction writer (after 7 years of my pulling out my hair trying to get him to write one sentence of fiction or non-fiction!) and would LOVE it, especially since one of his best friends (Kitten’s Purring) has reviewed it!

    He’d be writing himself, but he’s on a HUGE adventure trip with his Boy Scout troop!

  9. says

    My daughter (10) loves to read and write. She is forever into some writing project and this book would help guide and encourage her. This is her blog

    She writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her current project (not published) is a piece of historical fiction based on the Revolution. Ambitious, I know.

    Thanks for the giveaway offer.


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