Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 12.54.20 PM.pngThe books on this page show children and adolescents using writing and drawing to express their ideas and make sense of their life experiences.

The Dot. Peter H. Reynolds. Candlewick Press, 2003

Child writing, 1896
Child writing, 1896

The Red Pencil. Andrea David Pinkney. Illustrated by Shane Evans. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2014. The gift of a red pencil gives a 12-year-old girl in Darfur a new way to process the challenges of her life in a refugee camp.


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Harold and the Purple Crayon. Crockett Johnson. HarperCollins, 2005. First published in 1955, this classic book shows a young boy using a pencil to create a world of imaginative fun and mystery. See also:
  • Harold's Fairy Tale
  • Harold's Circus
  • Harold's Trip to the Sky


The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art. Barb Rosenstock. Illustrated by Mary Grandpre. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.


One Day, The End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories. Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Illustrated by Fred Kohler. Boyds Mill Press, 2015

Little Plane Learns to Write. Stephen Savage. Roaring Brook Press, 2017.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. William Joyce. Illustrated by Joe Bluhm. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012.

Our Library. Eve Bunting. Illustrated by Maggie Smith. Clarion Books, 2008. Raccoon and his friends use teamwork to keep their library from closing.

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Website for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
  • In 2005, the YWP was launched so that kids in grades K–12 would be encouraged to partake in this nonprofit organization’s program.
    • In 2015, 81,311 students and educators participated in the Young Writers Program.