Young Authors:
Eyes of the King by Catherine Banner age 19
The Diary of Anne Frank age 13?
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley age 17
Amelia Atwater Rhodes first book In the Forests of the Night age 13
Christopher Paolini Eragon (Age?)
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (Age 17)
Truancy by Isamu Fukui age 17

Books about Young Writers
Emily series by L. M. Montgomery (Emily of New Moon, etc.)
"Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie" by David Lubar
Elizabeth Scott's "Love You, Hate You, Miss You"
"The Wild Girls" by Pat Murphy
Dear Great American Writers School by Sherry Bunin
Spanking Shakespeare by Wizner


Kid Written

Amis, N. (Ed.) (2001). The orphans of Normandy: A true story of World War II told through drawings by children. New York: Antheneum Books for Young Readers.
Best, A., Pizzo, P.A., & Weiner, L.S. (Eds.). (1994). Be a friend: Children how live with HIV speak. Morton Grove, Il: Albert Whitman & Company.
Carpenter, J. (Ed.) (1986). Creating the world: Poetry, art, and children. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.
ChildArt: The magazine of the International Child Art Foundation. (1998-2008). Washington, DC: International Child Art Foundation.
Cullis-Suzuki, Severn. (1993). Tell the world: a young environmentalist speaks out. Toronto: Doubleday Canada.
Dennison, A. (2003). Our dad died: the true story of three kids whose lives changed. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishers.
Dolan, M. (Ed.). (1994). “Just talking about ourselves”: Voices of our youth. Penticton, BC: Theytus Books Ltd.
Ellis, D., (2005). Our stories, our songs: African children talk about AIDS. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited.
Frank, A. (2001). The diary of a young girl (Definitive Edition). New York: Doubleday.
Franklin, K.L. & McGirr, N. (Eds.). (1995). Out of the dump: Writings and photographs by children from Guatemala. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Sheppard Books.
Ginz, Petr. (2007). The diary of Petr Ginz 1941-1942. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.
Hein, J., Holland, H. & Kauppi, C. (Eds.). (2007). girlSpoken: From pen, brush & tongue. Toronto: Second Story Press.
Hirschfelder, A.B. , & Singer, B.R. (Eds.). (1992). Rising voices: Writings of young Native Americans. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
Inuglak School. (1999). The lonely Inukshuk. Markham, ON: Scholastic Book Fairs (Canada) Inc.
Kids explore the gifts of children with special needs. (1994). Westbridge Young Writers Workshop. Sante Fe, NM: John Muir Publications.
New moon: The magazine for girls and their dreams. (1993-2008). Duluth, MN: New Moon Publishing.
New moon writing: how to express yourself with passion and practice. (2000). New York: Crown.
Nye, N., & Bryan, A. (2000). Salting the ocean: 100 poems by young poets. New York: Greenwillow Books
Rajan, Bilaal. (2008). Making change: tips from an underage overachiever. Victoria, BC: Orca Books.
Roberts, C. (2001). Dear Prime Minister. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
Roehm, M. (Ed.). (1998). Boys know it all: wise thoughts and wacky ideas from guys like you. Hillsboro, OR: Beyond Words Publishing.
Skipping stones: An international multicultural magazine. (1988-2008.) Eugene, OR: Skipping Stones Magazine.
Stone soup. (1973-2008). Santa Cruz, CA: Stone Soup.
Volavkova, H. (1993). I never saw another butterfly: children’s drawings and poems from Terezin Concentration Camp. New York: Schocken Books.
Wilkes, S. (Ed.). (1994). One day we had to run!: refugee children tell their stories in words and paintings. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press.

How To Do It

Coope, K. (2002). How to draw Manga. New York: Scholastic, Inc.
Donegan, P. (2003). Haiku: Asian arts and crafts for creative kids. Boston: Tuttle Publishing.
Ellis, S., (1999). The young writer's companion. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre.
Farrell, T. (2006). Write your own fantasy story. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books.
Henderson, K., (2001). The young writer's guide to getting published. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books.
Johnson, P. (2000). Making books: Over 30 practical book-making projects for children. Markham, ON: Pembroke Publishers Limited.
Kemper, Dave. (1998). Write on track: a handbook for young writers, thinkers, and learners. Scarborough, ON: International Thomson Publishing.
Kilian, Crawford. (1998). Writing science fiction and fantasy. Toronto: Self-Counsel Press.
Pike, K. & Mumper, J. (1998). Books don’t have to be flat: Innovative ways to publish students’ writing in every curriculum area. New York: Scholastic.
Taylor, B. (1993). Create your own magazine. New York: Sterling Publishing Co.
Todd, M. & Watson, E.P. (2006). Whatcha mean, what’s a zine? The art of making zines and mini-comics. Boston: Graphia.
Tokely, Rod. (1999). Zap! Splat! Ka-Pow!: make your own comic. Norwood, S. Australia: Omnibus Books.

Get Inspired!

Hoose, P. (2002). It’s our world, too! Young people who are making a difference. New York: Joy Street Books.
Janeczko, P.B. (Ed.). (2002). Seeing the blue between: advice and inspiration from young poets. Cambridge, Mass: Candlewick Press.
Long, Debbie. (2005). Story building with imagination. Ontario: Epic Press.
Nixon, J.L. (2002). The making of a writer. New York: Delacorte Press.
Prelutsky, J. (2005). Read a rhyme, write a rhyme. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Youngs, B.B. & Youngs, J.L. (2000). Taste berries for teens journal: My thoughts on life, love, and making a difference. New York: Scholastic, Inc.
Wolf, A. (2006). Immersed in verse: an informative, slightly irreverent & totally tremendous guide to living the poet’s life. New York: Lark Books.

Author Advice

Fitch, Sheree. (2000). Writing maniac: how I grew up to be a writer and you can too! Markham, ON: Pembroke Publishers.
Graham, P.W. (1999). Speaking of journals: children’s book writers talk about their diaries, notebooks and sketchbooks. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
Gertridge, A. (1994). Meet Canadian authors and illustrators. Ontario: Scholastic Canada, Ltd.
Marcovitz, H. (2006). Who wrote that? Bruce Coville. New York: Chelsea House Publishing.
Marcus, L.S., (2001). Side by side : Five favorite picture-book teams go to work. New York: Walker & Company.
Nolen-Weatherington, E. (2004). Modern masters volume four: Kevin Nowlan. Raleigh, NC: TwoMorrows Publishing.
Parker, J. (2000). Great Canadian writers. Calgary, AB: Weigl Educational Publishers Limited.
Shapiro, M. (2000). J.K. Rowling: the wizard behind Harry Potter. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.

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Gaylord, Susan Kapuscinski. (2008) The hotdog booklet. Accessed Nov. 15, 2008, from
Writer Word Search. Generated using code created by Mike Hall. Accessed Nov. 18, 2008, from
Houghton Mifflin Company. (n.d.) A crazy night at the library. Wacky Web Tale [website]. Accessed Nov. 3, 2008, from
Shepard, Aaron. (1998). Ten tips for young authors. Aaron Shepard's Young Authors Page [website]. Accessed Nov. 18, 2008, from

What It Is, a graphic nonfiction work by Lynda Barry about finding your voice in any creative endeavor. It has quite an arresting cover and incredible collage art inside, and the last third of the book is an "Activity Book" with lots of idea prompts and other exercises.
Recommended by Karl G. Siewert

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Lisa M. H. Schattman
MLIS Candidate
UBC School of Library, Archival & Information Studies