You have to write! It's a class assignment. But you have nothing to write about. All the other kids seem to have something to tell because they start in right away. What can you do? Stop and think. No one else can tell your stories — about your family, your dog or cat. No one else can tell how it was when your library book got soaked in the rain.
But what if you don't like what you write? There are all sorts of ways to change it, to make it better. Keep on playing with your words, putting them together in different ways. You want whatever you write to be good. It will get better and better as you work on it.
This is an encouraging book, sympathetically illustrated by Teresa Flavin's charming pictures, for all young readers who worry when they're told to write something.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689834097
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 07/01/2002
Edition description: Repackage
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 323,280
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Janet S. Wong is the author of more than a dozen picture books and poetry collections. Her work includes Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and Knock on Wood: Poems About Superstitions, both illustrated by Julie Paschkis, as well as Grump, a Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Book, illustrated by John Wallace. Janet lives with her family in Medina, Washington.

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You Have to Write 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jenvid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wong takes a poem prose, and motivates young readers on what to write. She urges students to write about good days, bad days, background, past, future, or present. I am a strong believer that the more you write, the better you become at it. I would use this in a second grade class, and have my students use a journal. Before they start writing in their first journal entry, I would read them this book to inspire them. I also enjoyed looking at the diverse students in the book.
emleonard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author of this book is telling students to write about anything. Great way to encourage students to write about the past present and future. Wong also encourages to write several drafts and if the first one doesn't seem to be what you want or if your stuck take a break and go back to it on a clean piece of paper. When doing your final draft take different sentences out of each one that you like and put them together. This would be a great book to read when students need ideas about ways to write and how to write.
SarahChaisson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The teacher has assigned an assignment for the students to write anything. She talks about how you tart off by thinking of ideas and looking around at your surroundings for inspiration. The author suggest that the students should write down all their thoughts and begin writing a first draft. If they are not happy with this draft or need a break, the students should stop and restart on a clean sheet of paper. The author also gives the students different ideas on what they can write about. WHen they turn in the final draft, they are to take the sentences they like and weave everything together. You have to write, so it is important to be good at it.
pacifickle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a kid¿s book that explains you always have something to write about, even if you think your life is boring and plain. The book gives you ideas of things to write about like the moldy overdue book in the corner, and how your grandmother cracks her knuckles. The illustrations depict kids of various cultures putting their lives to paper in fun ways.
szanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn't a award-winning book, but it has good points and children relate to the struggles a young writer faces. It contains good advice hidden in poetic language and childlike models of writing. The illustrations lighten the mood by being playful.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children's opinions about writing and the writing process are presented in poems.The book would be useful in talking about writing and how children feel about writing.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wong takes a poetic approach to encourage writing. She encourages people to write about anything and to take personal events, turning them into writing. It can be the good, the bad, the past, the present, the future, writing can be about anything. She urges for the reader to compose several drafts when writing because it makes the piece better. The writing piece should be so good that the reader feels like they are part of the story. I would definitely use this book in my class when encouraging students to write and introducing the writing process.