You will be writing a children's book of your own.

Before you get started it is always nice to have some background information.

First you need to visit Children's Literature on Wikipedia. It will give you an overview of children's literature; its genres; and categories by age. Some history of children's literature is also given.

Next go to  Association of Library Service to Children (Caldecott Winners). This site gives you a list of Caldecott Winners from 1938 to 2010. The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the children's book with the best illustrations. You can click on the book titles to see the cover of any given winner. These books and their illustrations can help you to see what good illustrations are and how they can enhance a children's story.

Next go to  Children's Storybooks Online. This site offers books to view and read in three categories: young children, older children, and young adults. 

Next go to Children's Books Online. This one offers quite a few categories to look through. You can see full text on children's books in all of the following areas:    

Next you can go to Big Universe Learning  You can read, write, and share children's books on this site. There are nice Power Point presentations of books so that they are easy to look at and turn the pages. You can even use their program to write your own story.

Now that you have had a chance to look at the history of children's books, some good illustrations, and some sample children's stories, it is time to think of what to write for your own story. Move on from here to Process two.



Now that you have an idea what children's stories are like, it is time to come up with an idea for your own story. If you are having trouble coming up with an idea, you can visit any of the following sites for some ideas.

  1. Scholastic Story Starters On this site you will find a machine in which you write your name and choose a grade level. Then you spin the wheels to get a story example. Mine was "Write a brief biography of a sneaky stork who collects stamps." Then you pick a format for your story from one of four choices: notebook, letter, newspaper, or postcard. Then you write and illustrate your story, using a simple paint program. The story is printable when finished but not savable, so make sure to print it if you want to keep it. 
  2.  Oracle's Think Quest: Story Starters This site has 50 starting sentences from which to choose such as: "I never expected that one day I'd open my closet and find...." "Goats, sheep, and chickens belong on the farm, not in the middle of ...." and "The spaceship was out of control and only one person could save us..."
  3. The Story Starter for Kids  Just click and sample story starter sentences are generated for you. Some of the samples I receieved were, "The teacher was drawing a picture in the garage;" "The doctor was singing in the secret room;" and "The boy was writing a poem in the secret room."



Now that you are on your way to writing your own children's story, you may be wondering how to put it all together. If you are still looking for some inspiration to get your final product done, you can visit these sites. You are also welcome to use a Paint or Word program to do you final project if you wish. The following sites are here to help if you need them.

  1. Story Jumper  Want to create a book of your own? These templates will give you the first few pages of a book idea that you can complete on your own. Template Options: Build a book from scratch, treasure map builder, food fun, ocean tale, costumes, trucks and rescue, magic and myth, astrozone, and train time.
  2. My Story Maker  Can a lion share a cupcake with an astronaut? What happens when a pirate meets a fox in the woods? You have the power to decide -- meeting new characters, going on great adventures and creating your very own story along the way. My StoryMaker lets you control characters and objects - and creates sentences for you! Once you are done with your story, you can print it out. You cannot go back and edit a story once you have ended it but, if you click "yes" when asked to share it with others, you can print it out again by entering the magic number it gives you in the box on the right. Since lack of space forces us to delete story files older than 1 month, please save the .pdf file that prints to your own computer. You can use their characters and it prompts you along the way. It is a fill in the blank kind of thing. And then it inserts the pieces and pics for you. Such as, I chose a mermaid; the theme was love; and a fox was an additional character, so the title was The Mermaid Who Fell in Love with the Fox.
  3. British Council Story Maker  Click on Story Maker book and chose what type of story: fairy, horror, science fiction  Then it will take you through pages where you chose settings, and plot characteristics. Then it makes a story for you that you can print based on your choices.