Children's Writer's Word Book [NOOK Book]

Overview

In this revised and expanded 2nd edition, Children's Writer's Word Book helps you immediately determine if you're using the right vocabulary and language for your audience. With its intuitive organization, you'll easily find appropriate words for children of various ages, and discover substitute words that might work even better.

This comprehensive resource keeps you in touch with reading levels for today's kids, and saves you valuable research...

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Children's Writer's Word Book

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Overview

In this revised and expanded 2nd edition, Children's Writer's Word Book helps you immediately determine if you're using the right vocabulary and language for your audience. With its intuitive organization, you'll easily find appropriate words for children of various ages, and discover substitute words that might work even better.

This comprehensive resource keeps you in touch with reading levels for today's kids, and saves you valuable research time by putting all the information you need in one volume. You'll find:

  • Lists of specific words that are introduced at seven key reading levels (kindergarten through sixth grade)
  • A thesaurus of those words with synonyms, annotated with reading levels
  • Detailed guidelines for sentence length, word usage, and themes at each reading level
  • A thorough explanation of guidelines for national standards on reading
This new edition also addresses important timely topics of the day, such as disability issues and sensitivity to race, religion, and culture. Other new additions relate to divorce, the concept of death, space exploration, the internet, fantasy and science fiction, ethnic and cultural pride, and much more.

With Children's Writer's Word Book, 2nd edition, you can rest assured you'll be able to address your young audience with a vocabulary and style they'll understand and enjoy—and improve your chances with children's publishers.

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Editorial Reviews

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A basic rule of writing is to know your audience. If you want to write for children, you must learn to speak to them on their level. Now it's easier than ever to do that with The Children's Writer's Word Book. This comprehensive reference guide provides alphabetical lists of words appropriate to children in kindergarten through grade six, a thesaurus sorted by reading level, and advice on sentence length and syntax for various reading levels.
Freelance Writers Report
An important reference to keep within arm's reach if you write in this field.
Writers Library
Children's Writer's Word Book will help keep your vocabulary on target.
American Reference Books Annual
This book will take the guesswork out of word choice and should enable authors to write more accurately to specific age levels.
Texas Writers Association
If you want to write for children, add this to your library.
Zom Zoms
Promoted as a desk reference for authors of children's literature, this book provides lists of specific words known to children in each grade kindergarten through sixth grade, a thesaurus of words with synonyms annotated by reading level, advice on word usage in writing for children, and writing samples. Additionally, guidelines are given for sentence length, word usage, and theme at each reading level. After an introduction that contains instructions on using the book, an alphabetical list of the words with their grade levels follows. Each grade's list is preceded by a brief discussion of child development principles and typical curriculum content. A bibliography of 27 items concludes the book. Omitted was mention of any of the professional books that provide bibliographies of graded reading, such as "The Elementary School Library Collection" 18th ed., 1992; "The Children's Catalog" 16th ed., 1991; and "Beyond Picture Books: A Guide to First Readers" 1989 In the introduction to "Beyond Picture Books", the compilers, Barbara Barstow and Judith Riggle, note that assigning readability is controversial. The widely available formulas of Fry and Spache do not take into consideration children's cultural differences in language, sophistication, or the conceptual difficulty of information. At best, the "Children's Writer's Word Book" provides possible word choices rather than definitive ones in the tricky task of combining creativity with appropriateness for children. Hopefully, all who use this work will have been exposed to E. B. White's words on writing for children found in "The Writer's Chapbook": "Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. . . . They love words that give them a hard time, provided they are in a context that absorbs their attention." Onions to Writer's Digest Books for giving us an incomplete and emasculated view of the complexity and mystery of writing for children.
Booknews
Reference for children's writers includes graded word lists (K-6), a thesaurus of the words with synonyms and annotated with reading levels, advice and tips on those practices particular to word usage in children's writing, and samples of writing for each reading level. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582976884
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 7/12/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 349,037
  • File size: 1,010 KB

Read an Excerpt

Becoming a published children's writer is an achievable dream. In this fast-growing market, publishers are hungry for articles, books and stories that are written correctly for the market. This handy reference book will help you do just that. It is not meant to replace any book on "how to write," but rather to be used along with your dictionary, thesaurus, and yellow pad of paper.

Here's what you'll find:

  • Lists of specific words introduced at each of seven reading levels (K-6)
  • Instructions for what words to use and when to use them
  • A thesaurus of those words with synonyms
  • Advice and tips on those practices particular to word usage in children's writing
  • Samples of writing for each reading level.

Here's what this book does for you:

  • Allows you to get into the mind of a child at various ages
  • Offers idea generators for other stories
  • Keeps you in touch with reading levels for today's kids
  • Gives you guidelines for sentence length, word usage and theme at each reading level
  • Most importantly, it saves you time by putting all this information at your fingertips in one handy volume! If you want to write for children, this is the most important reference you can own.
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Introduction

Introuction

One of the wonderful things about becoming a children's writer is that it is such a possible dream. Successful writers not only gain financially, but they also gain a loyal and generous readership. I can think of no more gracious and enthusiastic an audience than young readers. Children identify strongly with characters in their books and often want the same book read to them over and over again. That could be your book--the one that's dog-eared and tattered from being someone's cherished companion.

To achieve your dream and become an author for this special audience, you first must understand the unique style necessary in children's writing. The clarity, simplicity and rhythm that should be present in a children's book or story can be difficult to master. However, it's these very ingredients that will make your book one that is read over and over again.

Children's Writer's Word Book will help you choose words children will both understand and be challenged by, words that will help them perceive the world as it is and imagine worlds that could be. You, as a writer of children's literature, have a special commitment; along with the joy of creating for your readers comes the responsibility of writing honestly and clearly. This book will help you meet that responsibility. Anyone working in children's literature, young adult literature and educational writing will find it an invaluable tool.

As adults, we often forget that children can comprehend more than they can articulate, and we end up communicating to them below their level, leaving them bored. Or, the opposite can happen: children are growing up faster than we did and act very sophisticated although their vocabulary skills are underdeveloped. Striking the balance between writing below or above their level is tricky. This book helps make the levels clear.

Children's Writer's Word Book is a desk reference, intended to be kept close by for frequent and immediate access. When you need to know if a word you want to use is appropriate for your young audience, or how long your sentences should be, the answer is there.

As a writer and a teacher, I often needed to know what level a particular word or idea was and didn't know where to look. That's when I got the idea for a book I could turn to any time I had a question of this nature. As the idea evolved, it became focused on three areas: lists of specific words commonly introduced at each graded reading level, a thesaurus of these words listing synonyms with the level at which each is usually introduced, and a discussion of standard practices related to word usage in children's writing.

The words in the lists were compiled from several basic word lists and other sources, then subjected to my own testing. Certified reading specialists checked the lists. Then, several panels of grade-school children reviewed the words I was uncertain about.

The material in this book reflects my own experience as a children's writer. Much of it is information given to me over ten years by kind and patient editors. I hope Children's Writer's Word Book becomes a key to opening the door to your own success and helps you realize your dream. Writing for children has been a real joy for me and I hope it brings you the same kind of satisfaction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Very Helpful

    This book is not only very helpful for children's writer's but also for educators in understanding the development of children and words. Glad I bought it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Great Book for Teachers

    I've used this book to teach vocabulary to a diverse population in my classroom. The thesaurus is useful because the words have synonyms by grade level.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Buy print, not NOOK. Don't bother to buy the Nook book. It's

    Buy print, not NOOK.
    Don't bother to buy the Nook book. It's not searchable and the pages turn so slowly that it's useless as a reference tool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Word book

    Highly recommend this book. Very helpful.

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