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Books for Kids Who Want to Write

Books for Kids Who Want to Write

If you know of a kid who is an aspiring writer or a kid who just likes to write, I’ve got a surprise for you. Inspired by all the fun I had during NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo I thought it would be fun to speak directly to the kiddies to see what they’re excited about when it comes to getting their thoughts down on paper (or computer).

I decided to host a writing workshop just for kids. It’ll be fun and funky and I hope to inspire kids to find their inner voice and put it to good use. All kids have a story to tell and I feel like maybe they just need a vehicle to help bring it out.

Here are the links to my writing workshops. They have online components, so location is no problem!

Fun and Funky Kids Writing Workshop I 

Fun and Funky Kids Writing Workshop II 

Depending on your child’s interest, you can enroll in a one day session or a more indepth two week session. Students will have homework. Click the links or the images to register or for more information.

And now on to the books! Here’s a list of books that your budding writer might enjoy reading to help them hone their craft.

Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander 

This is not a primer on how to write, but rather inspiration. Alexander and friends have written poetry celebrating famous poets. You might just find the inspiration you need!

My Weird Writing Tips by Dan Gutman

Dan’s the man when it comes to weird. Kids familiar with the so famously funny My Weird School series will love seeing their favorite characters help them with grammar and other writing tips. His explanations are funny and SO accurate.

Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine

The (marvelous other princess type books) author provides homework assignments and tips for getting your story to shine. I liked this book so much I bought it in paperback and Kindle so i’m always near a copy when I need ideas. Her tips are good for grownups too.

The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli

I’m anxious to read this because I love LOVE Eileen Spinelli and i think she will be a great person to help kids find their writing voice. Everyone gives our heroine an opinion of what makes a good story, but she’ll have to figure it out for herself, right? Plus? There’s a pirate on the cover and you know how we feel about pirates.

So. You’re all set. If you want to work on your next magnum opus (thats fancy latin for BIG WORK) start with these books. If you’re ready to get started, think about signing up for my workshop. I guarantee we will have fun!

Books Children

Pammy’s in Love; Valentine’s Day books for kids

I can’t tell you enough how much I love Eileen Spinelli. If that name sounds familiar, it should. She’s the author of many books, but my special all time all time fave is

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch



I can’t get enough of this book; It’s the tale of a crusty old man who gets a Valentines Day package in the mail. He thinks it’s from a secret admirer so he becomes nice to everyone.  Turns out, though, that the package was sent to him by mistake and he becomes sad. No worry, though, the neighborhood rallies around him because he’s become such a lovebug!

It’s great for everyone!

Want more Mr. Hatch? Here’s me reading it in a video. Enjoy!

Books Children

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch: Valentines Day for the littles

I love this book so much, it’s perfect for the little ones in your life!

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

by Eileen Spinelli

Plain old boring Mr Hatch’s life is changed

when he suddenly receives

a Valentine.

Amazed that somebody loves him, Mr. Hatch’s outlook changes!

Kids of all ages will adore this story.

It’s written by the adorbs Eileen Spinelli.



Books Children Reviews

Let’s revisit with Maniac Magee, Stargirl, and Me!

Here’s an oldie but a goodie for you to enjoy.  I MET JERRY AND EILEEN SPINELLI!!!!!

My favorite bookstore (and satellite office), Towne Book Center,  is celebrating its grand opening this weekend. The kick-off event was this past Friday and included Jerry and Eileen Spinelli!

You probably don’t know this about the Unconventional Librarian, but I love Jerry Spinelli’s books.  I know he has written many books, but my favorites are Maniac Magee and  Stargirl. I like his books because he writes about the weirdos, the misfits, the underdogs of the childhood world. His characters don’t always fit the “normal” mold of society, but yet they do ok for themselves.  I don’t know if that’s his hallmark but that’s what draws me to his books.

His wife, Eileen Spinelli, is also a children’s author.  My favorite book of hers is Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch, which is a story of a crotchety guy who gets a valentine card from someone. It’s perfect for the younger readers.

I rounded up all of my Jerry Spinelli books (4) and took them to get signed.  You must know that I’m not one to get all flustered over celebrities, but I do love a signed book. LOVE IT. It’s a must have for me. So, getting these books signed was great!  I picked up an additional copy of Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch because I couldn’t find mine, and bought two more Eileen Spinelli books.

All in all my signed book haul added up to 7, I believe, plus, they were gracious enough to take a pic with me.  While I would have loved to talk about Stargirl, that will have to wait for another time.

So, after a very long day teaching a group of two and three-year-olds, standing in line to get 7 books signed was worth it!

See all those books on the table, yep, they’re all mine!


Here’s what some of their books look like: Stargirl and the sequel, Love, Stargirl.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli


I can’t seem to find my pictures of the other books I got that day. But I did find this: