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Word of the Day: WRITING

Ten-year-old Moxy Maxwell has promised to write twelve thank-you notes by the day after Christmas so that she and her twin brother Mark can go to Hollywood to visit their father, but all her attempts end up creating chaos in the house.
Wonderful words : poems about reading, writing, speaking, and listening
Come, words, come in your every color. Whether we are sharing poems or secrets, acting onstage, or just telling jokes, the words we use are our best friends. Join acclaimed poet Lee Bennett Hopkins in this glorious collection celebrating words in speech, reading, language, and drama and how they influence our lives. Works by Emily Dickinson, Eve Merriam, and Nikki Grimes make whispers, metaphors, and dreams come alive, while Karen Barbour’s illustrations interpret the magic of language with vivid hues. This is a collection sure to inspire wordsmiths of all ages, over and over. And just maybe there’s a poet who didn’t know it in you!
Do you know the difference between a code and a cipher? Can you tell a St. Cyr slide from a Cardano grille? Did you know that a substitution cipher caused Mary Queen of Scots to lose her head? Don’t look now, but packed into this practical field guide is everything a young person needs to know about the art of concealment — making and breaking codes, mastering cipher systems, and experimenting with secret writing.
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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Write a book

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo–pronounced “nah-no-rye-mo”) is here!  Put on your creative thinking caps and start writing!

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Lisa Bullard. You can write a story! a story-writing recipe for kids.

Explains the ingredients and steps involved in writing a fictional story, from start to finish. Includes brainstorming activities and ideas for sharing the story with others.

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Janet Stevens. From Pictures to Words: a book about making a book.

A picture book about making a picture book takes a step-by-step approach to explaining how a book is created, from an initial idea through the final product.

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Pat McKissack. A Song for Harlem.

In the summer of 1928, Lilly Belle Turner of Smyrna, Tennessee, participates in a young author’s writing program, taught by Zora Neale Hurston and hosted by A’Lelia Walker in her Harlem teahouse at the height of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Lois Lowry. Gooney, the Fabulous.

Gooney Bird Greene takes charge of a class project as she and her fellow students in Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class learn about fables by each making up their own based on an animal that begins with the same letter as their first name.

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Gregory Pincus.  The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.

Gregory Korenstein-Jasperton is an eleven-year-old boy who likes to write stories and poems and is not excited by math, but he has a problem–he is the middle child in a family of math geniuses and his father expects him to participate in the City Math contest.

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Dian Curtis Regan. The World According to Kaley.

Kaley Bluster has her own view of the world history she reads for her 4th grade essay writing assignments. Her teacher, Mr. Serrano, tries to get her to write essays, but they always turn out to be creative commentaries on Kaley’s life and her own interpretations of history in light of her modern world.

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Leo Lionni. The Alphabet Tree.

After a storm blows some of them away, the letters on the alphabet tree learn from a strange bug to be stronger by forming words, then a caterpillar comes along and tells them that words are not enough; they must say something important.

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Ann Whitford Paul. Word Builder.

Text explains how putting letters into words, words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into chapters ends up creating a book.

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Chris D’Lacey. The Fire Within.

When college student David Rain rents a room in an unusual boardinghouse full of clay dragons, he has no idea that they, along with some lively squirrels, will help jumpstart his writing career.

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Zilpha Keatley Snyder. The Bronze Pen.

With her father’s failing health and the family’s shaky finances, twelve-year-old Audrey’s dreams of becoming a writer seem very impractical until she is given a peculiar bronze pen that appears to have unusual powers.

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Cynthia Rylant. Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book.

During a big snow, Mr. Putter decides to write a mystery novel, but what he ends up with is entirely different.

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Andrew Clements. Lunch Money.

Twelve-year-old Greg, who has always been good at moneymaking projects, is surprised to find himself teaming up with his lifelong rival, Maura, to create a series of comic books to sell at school.

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Michaela Muntean. Do Not Open This Book!

As Pig tries to write a book, he chastises the reader who keeps interrupting him by turning the pages.

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