Kids Want to Write? Read Spilling Ink Book.

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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 writing 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):

  • 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. 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.

  2. We’re unschoolers… we’re all about breaking the rules! I want to win because this book sounds like it fits in perfectly with how we learn.

  3. 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!