Write On!

October 21st, 2009 by

So, yesterday was the National Day on Writing. Never heard of it? That’s because it’s new this year!

The National Day on Writing was created by the National Council of Teachers of English, but before you start rolling your eyes and reaching for the TV remote, you should know that the National Day on Writing is actually dedicated to all forms of writing, not just the dreaded five-paragraph essay they make you do at school.

As they explain on the National Day on Writing website, people “write through text messages and IMs, they use video cameras and cell phones, and, yes, even traditional pen and paper.” The idea is “to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in.” Pretty cool, huh?

Well, in that spirit, I thought I’d honor a few books that celebrate writing as real kids use it in real day life (aka “epistolary novels” — bust that one out to impress your Teacher of English!):

Books written as correspondence:
P.S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin
Love From Your Friend, Hannah
by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Series in journal format:
Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss
Max’s Logbook also by Marissa Moss

Characters with non-traditional “writing” projects:
Lights, Camera, Amalee by Dar Williams – video
United Tates of America by Paula Danziger – scrapbooking
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements – comics

Do you have any favorite books told through diaries, letters, emails, text messages, IM transcripts, whatever? Share in the comments!

— Karen

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