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5 Gift Books for Children Who Love Language

By
Mignon Fogarty,
December 3, 2016

Du Iz Tak?

by Carson Ellis

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The creator of Home turns a droll eye to the natural world, with gorgeous art and a playful invented language.

Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. When the plant grows taller and sprouts leaves, some young beetles arrive to gander, and soon—with the help of a pill bug named Icky—they wrangle a ladder and build a tree fort. But this is the wild world, after all, and something horrible is waiting to swoop down—booby voobeck!—only to be carried off in turn. 

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Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

by Melissa Sweet

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SOME PIG, Charlotte the spider's praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White's Charlotte's Web. In Some Writer , Melissa Sweet mixes White's personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children's book author who loved words his whole life. 
 

How This Book Was Made

by Mac Barnett, Adam Rex 
 
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You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger. Mac Barnett and Adam Rex reveal the nitty gritty process of making a book . . . with a few unexpected twists along the way Budding writers and artists will laugh at the mix of reality and the absurd as the story makes its way to a shelf, and a reader.
 
 

A Squiggly Story

by Andrew Larsen, Mike Lowery
 
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A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words. “Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,” his sister explains patiently. “Why don't you start there, with a letter?” So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story.
 
 

Write This Down

by Claudia Mills
 
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Twelve-year-old Autumn loves to write, and she can't wait to grow up and be a published author. She finds inspiration all around her, but especially in Cameron, the dreamy boy she has a crush on. When her older brother makes fun of one of her most personal poems about Cameron, Autumn decides to prove that she is talented enough to become a published author.
 
 
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