I found Stuck last summer at a literacy workshop I attended. I instantly fell in love with the pictures and concept of the book! It's about a boy who gets his kite stuck in a tree. So, he tries everything he can think of to get his kite down but everything he tries seemingly gets the kite MORE stuck! Until... well, I can't ruin the ending for you!
I use this book to teach about writer's block. I let my students know that sometimes, you're just stumped or stuck and that's okay. It's all about how you deal with your problem. The boy in the book never gives up, although he does get frustrated, it's all about using your schema and strategies to help you solve your problem. After reading, my students brainstormed all the different strategies they use to help themselves get "unstuck" while writing. Love, love, love this book!
Not a Box was an Amazon recommendation for me. At first, I was like, really Amazon? You gotta do better than that! But alas, Amazon knows me better than I know myself. Before grabbing a copy, I checked it out from the public library! It's a super creative book. The rabbit in the story does everything he can to prove that the square is NOT A BOX. I kin this book to The Dot or Ish. There is also a sequel called Not a Stick. The rabbit comes up with clever rebuttals when ever someone asks "Why are you sitting in a box?" It's a short read that's great for teaching about creativity, imagination, or point of view. It's a good text to have handy for fiction or even non-fiction writing.
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How do you start your Writing Workshop? Any favorite must-have-in-my-cart-and-on-my-shelf titles?