Here you’ll find links to books, web sites, other writers, and organizations that are helpful to teachers, kids, writers of all kinds–and fun sites for book lovers of all sorts.

1. FOR EDUCATORS_______________________________


  •  ArtsEdge   Another Kennedy Center site, it is probably the best and most inclusive web site for Arts Educators or anyone using arts in the classroom. They’ve just added a new online resource  , which explores the what and why of arts integration, gives examples of arts integration best practices, provides a wide range of resources, and has info about their arts integration program in schools, called CETA (Changing Education through the Arts).
  • Common Core/ELA   “What does good student work aligned to the Common Core look like?”

A very useful web site called Achieve the Core, created by Student Achievement        Partners, lead writers of the Common Core State Standards, contains ELA Classroom Tools: Lessons, Samples, Assessments.

The “Samples” section contains a link to download student writing that greatly expands the CCSS writing samples appendix with many more examples, all annotated to show how they align with CCSS.

  • Looking for a Maine writer? Try here.


2. FOR KIDS__________________________________

To Work on Your Writing

•   Japanese Haiku Poetry Resources

• Amy MacDonald’s monthly Writing Tips. Here’s Tip #1.

•  Write or Die  The solution to writer’s block!

•  NaNoWriMo for Young Writers. National Novel Writing Month. Force yourself to write 1,000 words a day by joining with other writers each November.

[With thanks to students and teachers who send me their favorite sites. ]

To Publish Your Writing

Scholastic’s “Kids Are Authors” Competition. This is an annual competition open to Grades K–8.

Stone Soup Magazine is a national magazine that  publishes the art and writing of children up to age 13.

PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest is a PBS-run yearly contest for young writers and illustrators from grades K-3.

River of Words runs a yearly student poetry and art competition for ages 5-19, generally on outdoors themes. This is a wonderful web site, with resources for both students and teachers. 

3. FOR WRITERS_______________________________

Good Books on Writing for Children

Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul (Writer’s Digest Books, 2009).
New, readable, very practical.

How to Write a Children’s Book and Get It Published by Barbara Seuling.
Good all-round writing–and illustrating–advice, if somewhat dated now.

Good Organizations for Fiction Writers

Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a national membership organization that will answer ALL your questions in greater depth than I can.

• Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in Portland, Maine, has writing retreats for writers of all levels (including children’s writers), a great newsletter, and is just a general all around great resource for writers. (Join!)

Writing Tools

•  NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Force yourself to write 1,000 words a day by joining with other masochists each November.

•  Write or Die  The solution to writer’s block!


4. FOR FUN____________________________________

Favorite Maine Authors

A sampling of writers in different genres (except children’s, because there are just too many to list):

Monica Wood. Fantastic novelist and short story writer. Her web site has good writing tips.

Hannah Holmes. You never knew science could be so funny–and so readable. Plus a great blog.

Wes McNair. Maine’s best poet. Ever.

Paul Doiron. Great series of crime novels set in the Maine woods.

For Book Lovers

Curious City. Kirsten Cappy’s love of children’s books is contagious.

Longfellow Books. Favorite Portland bookstore, employee owned. Go here to buy my books locally.

From Kids and Parents (links sent to me)

Drakensang: Links to classic fairy tales, fables, and folklore (thanks Andy!)

Bedtime Favorites: Nursery Rhymes

 “Bedtime Stories for Kids”  (a bit too much online reading–versus actual book reading–but interesting)

“Children Who Can Read, But Don’t…”   Good advice on getting kids to read more from Reading Is Fundamental
Scribendi: Writing Resources: A Guide To Writing Basics For older writers: articles and resources on everything from writing the persuasive essay to proofreading. Thanks to Ava Barnes for sending.
Grammar Resources and General Writing Tips.  For grammar nuts and those looking for some writing exercises. (Thanks, Ava!)

Writing Careers: The Business Behind Becoming an Author. Tips on what path to follow toward a writing career and such things as whether to self-publish or not. (Thanks to Anna for this, and children’s librarian LouAnn Taylor!)


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