We love the Write A Book project.
We really enjoy writing stories
and drawing the pictures to go with them.
Some of the best fun is to make our own book
as close to a real book as possible.
To do this we take a good look
at a number of books in our class library.
We write our stories,
draw the pictures
and design a cover.
But to make our books like real books
we also have fun doing the following:
We write a blurb or short summary
of our story on the back cover.
We dedicate the book to a person
or people that we care about.
You can read more about
writing dedications here.
We write acknowledgements to the people
This means we say thank you to those
who have helped us in some way.
We fill a page with information ‘About the Author’.
We decide on a name for our ‘publishing company’
and a logo (like the real companies Puffin and Penguin)
We add a bar code and an IBSN number.
We decide on a price (not real, just pretend).
We also put in a title page, just like a real book.
We put in a content page
and give the chapters names.
Sometimes we include pop ups or lift the flaps;
doors, windows or gates perhaps.
A good story can often start with a mysterious letter
or an invitation. So sometimes we have included envelopes
with letters inside.
We often put a map in which our story is set
in the very centre of our book.
We enjoy adding page numbers.
If we have time, we design a bookmark
and include it with our book.
At the back of the book
we add a page or two we call
‘What the critics say‘.
When our book is finished
we have great fun asking
our grown ups, our family
and friends to read our book
and to write a line or two about
what they liked about our book.
You will find some really great resources to help you
with your ‘Write A Book’ on Seomra Ranga
and a more recent powerpoint from
Seomra Ranga here on designing your book.