From Pictures to Words: A Book about Making a Book
Age Level: Upper Elementary
Best Use: Shared between adult and child
I’ve seen and heard a lot from parents lately about working with their children on their writing, so I thought I would review this book about writing.
Writing can be one of the most intimidating activities for children. On the other hand, some children find it a pleasure. In her book, From Pictures to Words: A Book about Making a Book, author Janet Stevens provides support for moving kids from the former group to the latter and offers motivation for your child to create his or her own literary masterpiece.
Through a dialogue with, and captivating illustrations of, the characters in her imagination, Stevens introduces children to the process of creating a book by working through that process herself. She explores selecting a setting, works through developing a plot, and describes the integration of illustrations to enhance the story. Her work lays bare the mystery of the writing process elucidating how writers come up with ideas, choose the best ones and refine them until they are just right to deliver an exciting experience for the reader.
After reading, children (and adults) have a better understanding of the parts of a book and how a book develops from an idea to the finished product on the shelf. And, the book can be used as a springboard for children’s writing. Here are some ideas for extending the experience:
Write stories on Blank Books (or a book on a favorite topic)
Good Biographies of Writers
If you are interested in some other great biographies of authors, there is a longer list here at the bottom of the activity.
Now, off to work on my own book!
*For our Tampa area friends, this book is available at Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative.