Supports Common Core State Standards.
In Writing Magic, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares her tricks of the trade. She shows how you can get terrific ideas for stories, invent great beginnings and endings, write sparkling dialogue, develop memorable characters—and much, much more.
She advises you about what to do when you feel stuck—and how to use helpful criticism. Best of all, she offers writing exercises that will set your imagination on fire.
With humor, honesty, and wisdom, Gail Carson Levine shows you that you, too, can make magic with your writing.
Roald Dahl is one of the most famous children's book authors ever. Now in this Who Was . . . ? biography, children will learn of his real-life adventures. A flying ace for the British Air Force, he was married to an Academy Award-winning actress. He also wrote books and screenplays for adults. Entertaining and readable, this biography has 80 black-and-white illustrations.
Supports Common Core State Standards.
Large initial letters are displayed in bright colors to begin each alphabetical entry, and a colorful alphabet header runs across the top of every page. These are useful navigation tools for young children as they learn to recognize letters and understand alphabetical order. The carefully chosen photographs and illustrations are visual clues to each word, helpful for children learning to read. The grid design is easy to follow and accessible, with bold entry words encouraging picture-and-word association. The clear text is perfect for parents to read aloud or for beginner readers to read themselves. The book starts with parents' notes that explain the best way for children to use the dictionary, and ends with fun games that help children practice their alphabet, spelling, word recognition, and dictionary skills.
Subject: Earth Science
Genre: Informational Text
Comprehension Skill/Strategy: Classify/Categorize
Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA/EDL): 6
Guided Reading Level: D
Lexile Level: 5
DK's iOpeners equip K-6 students with the skills and strategies they need to access and comprehend nonfiction so that they are not only learning to read but reading to learn. The combination of high-interest content and eye-popping photography of iOpeners brings science and social studies topics to life, raises student achievement in reading, and boosts standardized test scores.
Caldecott Honor winner Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell the story of this American literary icon. Readers young and old will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute, a New York Times bestseller, includes an afterword by Martha White, his granddaughter.
In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids, New York Times bestselling author and professor Thomas C. Foster gives tweens the tools they need to become thoughtful readers.
With funny insights and a conversational style, he explains the way writers use symbol, metaphor, characterization, setting, plot, and other key techniques to make a story come to life.
From that very first middle school book report to that first college course, kids need to be able to understand the layers of meaning in literature. Foster makes learning this important skill fun and exciting by using examples from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from short stories and poems to movie scripts.
This go-to guide unlocks all the hidden secrets to reading, making it entertaining and satisfying.
To be a writer is not a choice but a life commitment and a spiritual activity to be experienced in a daily basis. Those that refuse the laws of creative writing will never write properly, easily or effortlessly, no matter how many techniques or good ideas they may have. But, throughout the chapters of this book, it’s shown the emotional cycle that all artists, especially writers, experience in order to fulfill their purpose. It’s explained here how writers travel between the spiritual and material worlds in order to make the connection that later allows them to express in any kind of topic, from self-help to science-fiction books.
Writers are powerful beings, capable to endure the most demanding of all tasks, and that’s why not everyone can be one. The difference between someone taking a lifetime to write one book and the one able to do it in less than a day, or even an hour, defines a measurement between the most capable soul and the less experienced.
To be a creative writer is, above anything else, related to spiritual conscience. The difficulties that this person, traveling between light and darkness, carries are what distinguishes him from other people. This book explains how it occurs and the steps that mature writers can identify with. This is also a book for all those that have lost the ability to write and wish to regain it, and for those that with to write more and faster. It is about the true and only important key to creative writing – the soul of the writer.
Thousands of fascinating entries, definitions, photographs and pictures make this dictionary essential reference for readers, writers and curious minds of all ages.
Organised like a traditional dictionary from A to Z, clear descriptions and examples explain and illustrate everything from Astronaut to Zoo. Perfect for building your child's understanding of language and improving their spelling and grammar.
Packed with special full-page features on major subjects and developed in close consultation with experts in children's language teaching, this is the ultimate reference tool for your child.
Packed with amazing facts and photographs of trains around the world, The Big Book of Trains covers the history of trains and train travel. Different types of trains are featured on their own spreads, and each page features multiple images to give a close-up view as well as informative text about each train. See the differences among monorails, passenger trains, and TGVs. Learn about pistons, fireboxes, boilers, and coupling rods, and find out exactly what they do to help the train travel down on the tracks.
See key features of each train model and discover the difference between steam trains and diesels. Find out how trains are designed for certain jobs and tasks, including mountain trains, snow trains, and freight trains. Look at the biggest and fastest trains in the world.
With incredible pictures and informative text, The Big Book of Trains is the essential book for young readers who want to know everything about trains.
Poetry matters. At the most important moments, when everyone else is silent, poetry rises to speak.
This book is full of practical wisdom to help young writers craft beautiful poetry that shines, sings, and soars. It features writing tips and tricks, interviews with published poets for children, and plenty of examples of poetry by published writers—and even young people themselves.
Perfect for classrooms, this lighthearted, appealing manual is a celebration of poetry that is a joy to read. Young poets and aspiring poets of all ages will enjoy these tips on how to simplify the process of writing poetry and find their own unique voice.
My First Book of Tagalog introduces preschool children to the Tagalog language—also known as Filipino—the national language of the Philippines, which has been influenced by both Spanish and English.
Important everyday words in Filipino culture are presented in a playful and approachable ABC structure that makes learning fun and easy. Studies have shown that kids this age are developing language skills at a rapid rate—learning new words is a snap for them!
The catchy rhymes in this book reinforce learning, and children will be delighted by the charming Filipino kids they meet on each and every page. An introduction to the sounds of Tagalog along with notes on the Filipino language and culture provide a positive learning experience for both youngsters and parents.
An introduction to the sounds of Tagalog words, along with kid-friendly notes on linguistics and culture throughout, makes learning to speak Tagalog a positive experience.
Have you ever wanted to captivate readers with a great opening, create spectacular and fantastical creatures, make up an entire country, realize a dastardly villain, write an epic love story, or make your characters leap off the page? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Gail Carson Levine can help you achieve your goals.
Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine offers a behind-the-scenes take on writing and teaches you how to become a world-class author. Drawing from her popular blog, Gail answers readers' fiction- and poetry-writing questions and dives into how to make a story come alive. If you're interested in writing prose and poetry or just want to be a better and more rounded writer, this book will help you on your creative journey.
With her trademark humor and vast writing knowledge, Gail Carson Levine reveals the tricks of her trade, writer to writer.
Supports the Common Core State Standards