Celebrate the art of writing in all its various forms with these ten books that will tickle your children’s funny bones and teach them some history too.

Big Board Books Colors, ABC, Numbers
By: Roger Priddy
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
Writing begins with a young child’s ability to see and hear letters and sounds. In a large, sturdy format, letters, numbers, and colors are introduced using full-color photographs and crisp graphics — just right to share with the youngest child.

Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex
By: Lisa McClatchy
Illustrated by: John Manders
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Erin loves dinosaurs. So, she describes all the fun they’ll have in a letter inviting a tyrannosaurus to her birthday party. The broad humor of the huge dinosaur playing party games and similar activities conveyed in comic illustration and understated text is sure to create giggles galore.

Desperate Dog Writes Again
By: Eileen Christelow
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Ever-faithful Emma thinks her human is being kidnapped by Loretta and e-mails ‘Ask Queenie’ for advice — just as Loretta’s dog, Hank, does. Droll illustrations are presented in comic book style and are sure to delight readers, even if they haven’t read Letters from a Desperate Dog.

Kindergarten Diary
By: Antoinette Portis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
The day before the first day of school Annalina declares in her diary: “I don’t want to go to kindergarten!” Her worries are familiar, expressed in boldly colored and outlined illustrations. As the month goes along, however, Annalina’s concerns are dispelled and she grows to love school, her friends and teacher, and kindergarten.

Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan
By: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: Steve Adams
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Jamie Barrie was always a storyteller. Here his life and selections from his work—including Peter Pan—are presented in a handsomely illustrated and formatted book. Sources consulted as well as a selection of Barrie’s work are included.

Thank You, Miss Doover
By: Robin Pulver
Illustrated by: Stephanie Roth
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Miss Doover introduces her students to the art of composing thank you notes, though Jack must revise and expand his letter several times. In the process, he comes to appreciate his teacher’s patience. Humorous illustrations and naive sentiments make a recognizable story.

The Extraordinary Mark Twain
By: Barbara Kerley
Illustrated by: Edwin Fotheringham
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Mark Twain’s daughter, Susy, writes a journal to set the record straight about her famous writer father. Cleverly formatted as a book within a book, illustrations, journal, and narration (in Susy’s voice) present a readable, engaging, and documented look at the writer and his family.

The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane
By: C.M. Millen
Illustrated by: Andrea Wisnewski
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Brother Theophane is unlike the other monks in the mountains of Mourne (Ireland). While most brothers scribe only in browns, Theophane adds color from nature to the manuscripts. Jewel-like illustration combines with rhyming text to celebrate history and individuality.

The Perfect Gift
By: Mary Newell DePalma
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Through a series of mishaps, Little Lorikeet’s perfect strawberry is lost and the little bird has no gift for her grandmother. When all attempts to retrieve it are futile, Lorikeet and her friends make something that lasts much longer: a storybook for Grandma.

What’s the Big Idea, Molly?
By: Valeri Gorbachev
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Molly, a mouse, and her friends come up with just the right gift for Turtle’s birthday: an illustrated book about the four seasons. Lightly lined illustrations complement this gentle story of friendship, seasons, and celebrations.

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