Patricia MacLaclan was asked to write a book about writing. Her answer came as Word After Word After Word (Lexile: 450; Interest Level: Grades 3-5). In this short, endearing story, Lucy, Evie, Henry, Russell and May all grow as writers during their fourth grade year because of Ms. Mirabel, the author who visits their school for several weeks. Ms. Mirabel begins by sharing some words. Words the students recognize (and you will perhaps, as well). Then she talks of the magic of words and writing what is real and unreal. The students continue their learning with each other outside of school, inspired by this amazing new character in their life.
Any students who are writers, who want to be writers, or who think they have no stories to tell should read this book and see if their ideas change. It has inspired me to look again for stories within myself, and I think it will you as well. (128 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.