Children's Writer's Word Book Second Edition, Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 2426 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 352 pages
- Publisher : Writer's Digest Books; Second Edition (July 12, 2006)
- ASIN : B0033ZAVU8
- Publication Date : July 12, 2006
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #649,321 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First, there's the alphabetical list. You'll use that frequently. As a writer, you'll check words to be sure you're not using a 5th grade word for an "easy reader" intended for 1st graders, and so on.
The next section might be your favorite. It covers kindergarten through sixth grade. Grade by grade, you'll learn what children are studying. You'll see writing samples from the kinds of books they read at that grade level. Then, you'll see a word list covering the words typically learned in that year of school.
If you're writing a grade-specific book, especially if it's planned for curriculum use, these lists are pure gold.
The bulk of the book is even more useful. It's a thesaurus, listed alphabetically. So, if you'd like to say "chivalry" (a 6th grade word) but you're writing for second graders, you'll find "goodness" (a kindergarten word), "fairness" (1st grade), and the 2nd grade words, "daring" and "manners." One of them is likely to fit your story.
The final few pages of the book provide tips for writers. They include things like how old your protagonist should be, which genres are best (and how to write them), and a good list of taboos -- obvious and some that aren't usually mentioned -- to give your book the best opportunity to sell well.
And, of course, if you're writing books for adults, but the stories include children as characters, you'll use this book to be sure your young characters sound right for their ages.
If you're writing books for children, you simply must own a book like this. If you're writing books that include some children as characters, this is still a very useful book.
I own a couple of books like this, and -- for my writing -- this is easily the best.
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.
Knowing the answer is one key to getting published and an important factor in sales to schools and libraries.
"Children's Writer's Word Book" offers an easy way to find what words are appropriate for what grades, and provides alternative words for younger and older age groups. "Spurt," for example, is a 5th grade-level word. Its alternatives are flow (1st grade), jet (K), squirt (4th,) fountain (3rd), ejaculate (6th), shoot (3rd), and spout and surge (5th).
Often you find an alternative word that works for the grade levels. Occasionally, you won't. The book is a useful aide to puzzled scribes trying to satisfying language rules imposed on them by state boards of education. It will do little to assist creativity, but it's a great help when you're looking for a 3rd-grade word to substitute for the 5th- or 6th- grade word you originally chose.
My copy of "Children's Writer's Word Book" sits on a shelf above my computer, where I can reach it without standing.
Patrick Young, author of "Old Abe, Eagle Hero: The Civil War's Most Famous Mascot"
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The book itself is an excellent resource for writing children's books at the various comprehension levels throughout the public school system.
I'm very happy with my purchase and wouldn't hesitate to do business and buy a book from this company again.