The author of the book Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey, was first published as a teenager when he won a young peoples’ writing contest! The book was World War Won!
Word Scramble - Write It Out!
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Please Write in this Book by Mary Amato
When their teacher leaves a blank notebook in the classroom, and tells the kids to write to each other in it, the entries begin to make problems.
The School Story by Andrew Clements
A twelve-year-old writes a book and gets help from her best friend and others, who want to submit it to a publisher!
Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss
This looks like a school notebook filled in by Amelia herself. She’s nine years old in this first notebook- but there are many more!
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
Two successful writers offer their advice - and some dares!
Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors by Charis Cotter
Learn what these authors were like as kids: Christopher Paul Curtis, C.S. Lewis, Lucy Maud Montgomery, E.B. White, Philip Pullman and Madeleine L’Engle.
Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books by Gary Paulsen
This is only one of the popular author’s exciting true books about his life and work.
You Can Write a Story! A Story-writing Recipe for Kids by Lisa Bullard
A fun book that approaches writing a story, as if it were mixing up a recipe! Brainstorming tips included.
Words, Wit, and Wonder : Writing Your Own Poem by Nancy Loewen
Learn about rhythm, rhyme and what else goes into a good poem.
How to Write Your Life Story by Ralph Fletcher
Learn how to put your own life story into words, and read about how others have done it.
Write Your Own - series by Natalie Rosinsky
Sharpen your skills for writing adventures, graphic novels, poetry and more! Nine books offering writing advice.
Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine
The famous author of fantasy stories offers her own excellent advice for young writers.
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BOOKS BY YOUNG AUTHORS
Joshua Disobeys by Dennis Vollmer (age 6)
A baby whale swims too close to shore and is stranded on the beach.
Who Owns the Sun by Stacy Chbosky (age 14)
Stacy was 14 when she wrote this contest-winning book about freedom and slavery.
Mouse Surprise by Alexandra Whitney (age 8)
As they put together a cake, scurrying mice try not to wake the sleeping cat!
Soft Hay Will Catch You: Poems by Young People
These poems were written by kids eight to eighteen years old.
New Moon Girls
A magazine written by girls ages eight-fourteen
Good Conversation! A Talk with Gordon Korman [DVD}
Learn about the writing career of Gordon Korman. He is the author of Framed and The Emperor’s Code. His first book was published when he was 14 years old.
PBS Kids Go!
An annual writing contest for kids through third grade. Contest runs January through March. Besides having their story published, each grade-level winner is awarded a computer, camera and MP3 player!
Scholastic’s Kids Are Authors contest
An annual writing contest for teams of three or more kids in grades K-8. Entry deadline is mid March. You’ll need an adult to work with your team for this contest.
Student Journalism Contest
Annual writing contest for nonfiction writers in grades 3-12. Entry deadline is mid March.