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Product Details

  • Series: Children's Writer's Word Book
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Second Edition edition (July 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582974136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582974132
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Children's Writer's Word Book will help you keep your vocabulary on target". -- Writer's Library --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alijandra Mogliner writes children's literature and teaches a class in writing for publication at the University of California at San Diego. She is the mother of three children and lives in San Diego, California.

Customer Reviews

It will give you words that match your target group.
David J. Moday
Also gives synonyms to help the writer find the right word for a certain grade level.
Ma
I would recommend this book to anyone who is writing for children.
Linda N. Baron-katz

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Children's Writer's Word Book is one of those littlereferences you wouldn't necessarily think you needed in yourcollection. However, once I opened this book, I knew I needed to place it in a very prized position on my reference shelf.
Not only are the graded word lists extremely helpful, but the short profile of each age group combined with the description of what publishers are looking for at each reading level makes for a powerful advantage when writing for children.
This book is a must-have if you are writing for children.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
The beginning of this book is broken down into chapters from Kindergarten to Sixth grade and gives sample words to use at each level.

But the bulk of this book (and most useful part) is a Thesaurus of sorts. It gives word choices for each grade level for each word in the Thesaurus.

Overall a good book to get a general idea of the words to use with each grade level.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
More than just a list of words and grades, this book actually tells you what publishers are looking for and why. It also gives examples of writing, explains how to introduce new words and foreign words and diffrent types of childrens writing.
I have used this book a great deal with good results.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Fayard on May 13, 2007
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For those who haven't had the opportunity to browse Alijandra Mogilner's book Children's Writer's Word Book, I hope you will take time to do so. It is an exellent reference tool. I am taking a series of online writing courses through a local college, and this title is on the recommend reading list for the Writing for Children class. I was so favorably impressed with the copy I checked out at our local library, I ordered my own copy that same weekend. I can tell it will become a dog-eared favorite.

It is a dictionary/thesaurus extraordinaire. Take the word "eat," for example. The book lets you know that a first-grade student would understand the synonyms bite, chew, dine and feast but that I'd need to wait until my readers hit fourth grade to use words such as consume, crunch and nibble.

Another aspect of the book I found to be very useful is the introduction that appears at the beginning of each graded word list. These pages summarize what social changes readers are undergoing at each grade level as well as what vocabulary and other subjects they're learning in the classroom. It also covers what publishers are looking for as well as a short writing sample to clearly illustrate pertinent points.

This is one of the best reference guides I ever have used.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I use this book to write stories for my young children and it is very helpful. My only constructive criticism is that there are two levels for most words -- the level at which the child understands the word and the level at which he/she can read the word. For very young children, those two levels may be separated by two or more years. Therefore, it would be useful if both levels (comprehension and reading) were included.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Getter on February 16, 2000
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This book is essential for anyone who is writing for children. As a writer of online web content for kids, I need to specifically target certain grade levels. Both Mogilner's word lists and commentary let me do that with confidence. The book is well organized and was instantly useful.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda Armstrong VINE VOICE on November 24, 2005
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This is one of the few books I use almost every day. I write books for the educational market and this is a standard reference. The organization is clean and direct. The listings are accurate and complete. My job would be much more difficult without this volume. Highly recommended for children's writers. Teachers who write their own worksheets will also find it very useful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E E on August 16, 2006
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This book is a must for any and all childrens authors. It is full

of much needed and helpful information. I especially like the

Thesaurus. Example: Scamper (4th)(meaning forth grade level word)

: dart (1st), move quickly (2nd), run (K), rush (2nd), sprint (5th)

So not only do you get the meaning and comparable words, but also

the grade level for each. It makes writing for the correct

reading level so much easier.

As a new writer I have found it to be invaluable.
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