Kindergarten “Novelist” & Illustrator

SInce writing is so near and dear to my heart, it’s only natural that writing is also a subject I work particularly hard on with my kindergarteners.  Every once in a while one of my students produces something that just tickles me pink, and today that happened again.

One little boy decided to write a story about a space adventure, which turned out very cute all by itself, but then he added an illustration that I think is absolutely adorable.  You can decide for yourself when you read his story below–and in kindergarten we use creative spelling, so I’ll “translate” at the bottom just in case you’re not sure what the young author was trying to say:


“I went to outer space.  I flew to the moon.”

Is that not the happiest astronaut you’ve ever seen?  He’s clearly a man who loves his work.  And notice, by the way, that the author/illustrator of this piece included details like the line that tethers the astronaut to his ship.

I love it!  Hope it brightened your day as much as it brightened mine!

Upcoming Young Author (Wink, Wink…)

Just because I think it’s important to keep one’s finger on the pulse of future trends and that sort of thing, I wanted to share with you a work by a wonderful new author.  This is a young man to watch for in the future!  He does his own illustrations, too.  He’s versatile! He’s creative!  He’s multi-talented!

He’s six!

Here is a sampling from a kindergartener’s debut book, entitled Introducing Betta.  He was understandably very proud to share it:


This young man has written a personal narrative about his beta fish named, as you can see, Betta. Within its pages, he highlights his daily interactions with his beloved pet and educates us about Betta’s habits and preferences, as in the excerpt below:



Like I said, this is an author to watch for, and he’s also very prolific, as you can see by what he included on the back of his book:



I must admit to feeling a little intimidated knowing that, at age six, this young man has not only published a debut book but also has three more on the way.  The titles, in case you can’t make them out, are:  Best Friends; Look at Him; and Take Care.

If I’m going to have any hope of keeping up with this budding new talent’s pace of churning out books, I’d better cut this post short and get back to my next novel.

Oh, and don’t worry–I’ll let you know when the Betta sequels are available in stores.

(Rumor has it, there’s talk of optioning the movie rights…)

The Next Generation of Writers…

Don’t you love it when you discover a brand new author and you feel like you’ve stumbled onto the beginning of a great reader/writer relationship?  He or she dazzles you with their debut work, and you just can’t wait to read the next thing they write because you know it’s going to be fun and full of surprises…

Well, I’ve been scoping out the next generation of writers, and I think I’ve found some diamonds in the rough.  Take a look:



(A fox was in a box.  He was a baby fox.  He popped out, saying, “Peek-a-boo.”)

He may only be in kindergarten, but I think this young author already demonstrates a keen understanding of the importance of suspense in a story.  I mean, I didn’t see the “peek-a-boo” part coming at all, did you?



(The mouse likes cheese.)

This author doesn’t pull any punches but just states the plain facts as she sees them.  The mouse DOES like cheese, and she is unapologetic about it.



Who wouldn’t like this pig?

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more great things to come from these budding writers.  Frankly, as an author I’m a little intimidated.  I don’t think there’s any way I can compete with this level of cuteness.