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Kids Have All the Write Stuff: Revised and Updated for a Digital Age

University of Massachusetts. rev. ed. ed. Dec. 2019. 272p. Tr $90. ISBN 9781625344663; pap. $19.95. ISBN 9781625344670.
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The world has changed radically since 1992, when Edwards and Maloy first published their guide to helping children, from toddlers to elementary schoolers, develop as writers. Almost three decades later, they have updated their work to reflect the influence of technology. The authors offer a variety of methods, including a writing box (first described in the original book), a container filled with various types and colors of paper, pencils, pens, and other supplies that students take home to use with writing projects. Exposure to stories is crucial, too, so each chapter contains a Bookcase for Young Writers highlighting fiction and nonfiction featuring characters who are writers. Digital Connections, found in each chapter, link readers to helpful digital tools, apps, and websites. While veteran teachers may already be familiar with the ideas presented here, new educators, parents, and caregivers will find plenty of inspiration.
VERDICT Well written and accessible to teachers and noneducators alike, this book offers a clear road map to helping children discover a love of writing.

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