Bolstering your child’s literacy development can be achieved in many different ways, and incorporating new ways of learning and thinking is always a great way to shake up your usual activities and engage another part of your child’s brain.
Children’s literature is a wonderful way to introduce your child to new information- both in terms of content and grammar, vocabulary, and story patterns. While reading children’s literature together is typical of many households, encouraging your little one to grab a pen and write their own story is just as fun!
Writing and illustrating a short story is a wonderful way to get your little one to think critically about the components of a story, the mechanics of writing as well as engaging their imagination through a new outlet. Coming away with a book that they made on their own builds confidence in their ability to create and builds stamina with art creation- going through a multi-step process and having a physical manifestation of ones hard work is a powerful lesson.
We’ve gathered some children’s book writing resources to help you think of ideas and ways to carry through this project. Keep in mind that this can be as formal or informal as you like- deviate from these lesson plans as much as you like in order to make this project work for you and your little one.
We encourage allowing for invented spelling in this exercise, which means encouraging your little one to sound out and spell words themselves regardless of whether they’re spelled correctly. This centers the creative process over the technicality of spelling which can hinder imagination.
If your child is having a hard time coming up with a story, check out Scholastic’s Story Starters which allows you to pick a theme and then randomly generates a story prompt.
My Kid’s Adventures has an easy to follow step by step instruction for at home book making- use as much or as little of it as you want!
To come up with creative presentations of the book, head over to Artists Helping Children or Susan Gaylord’s Making Books for lists of unique book formats and DIY instructions on making them a reality.
Bookmaking with Kids is a nice resource to scroll through to see how other educators, parents, and community members are encouraging their little ones to create books.
Check out our DIY instructions for creating your own book at home! All you need is a sewing need or a hole punch and some string and you’ve got your very own booklet.