This week was our second round of book publishing this year. Back in February, after the kids had written an original story from a picture prompt, we took the story through the writing process. We’re still trying to find a binding method that works for us – these books were comb-bound using a machine at church.
Mahayla’s is titled The Mountain Trail and is about a horse riding incident. She submitted this story to the Girlhood Home Companion and we think it’s going to be published!
Caleb’s is called Josh the Ice Skater and teaches us all a lesson about skating on a not-so-frozen pond.
This week, I asked each of them to choose a children’s book with predictable patterns. They had to study the pattern and write their own version of the story using the same pattern.
Publishing certainly isn’t for every story, but it’s valuable experience at least a couple times a year. I’m considering asking the local preschool if we can come read these to the children. I think that, too, would be good experience for my children!