6 Gifts to Capture a Young Author’s Creativity

The concept of the Enriching Imagination series originally stemmed from the idea that being innovative and imaginative has so many lasting benefits, yet often we distract ourselves rather than feed into this creative pursuit. Enriching Imagination Part One was about harvesting a love of games and spontaneity while strengthening you and your young imaginaries ability to create a story.

This past Christmas we got the joy of getting Rory’s Story Cubes, and let me tell you both my three and five year old children blew me away with what stories they come up with. I hope you get the chance to experience it yourself someday, it really is awesome. A bit silly, but awesome.

Enriching Imagination Part Two is all about capturing that creativity. I challenge you and your little imaginaries to be creative and develop those little seeds into something that grows wild and beautiful. Sometimes having the right tools and resources can make all the difference. Check out this collection of books that may just come in handy as your child prepares to become a young author:

1.) Young Writers Draw & Write Journal

A perfect introduction to organizing thoughts and writing a story!

The perfect journal for beginners! Kid-friendly pages have lots of room on top for drawing, and writing lines below—so kids can add simple words and sentences to their pictures. There are even alphabet reference pages for extra help!

2.) Create Young Authors Bookmaking Project Kit

Includes full hardcover binding when your product is completed!

The kit comes in a reusable faux portfolio box which includes 25 preprinted pages- 20 with illustration frame for child’s drawing & room below for story to be written or typed, 2 title pages & 2 about the author pages (an extra in case of error), 2 blank pages (if glossy color copy cover option is chosen) & one “the end” page along with the prepaid coupon for binding mentioned above.

3.) Lulu Jr. IlluStory Junior

LuLu is a great publishing company and this product does not disappoint!

Nurture a child’s love for books, stories and storytelling with IlluStory Junior, a complete kit for writing, illustrating and publishing their very own softcover book. Lulu Jr. book-making kits have been a top choice for creative children since 1993, making them great gifts for young authors and artists.

4.) So, You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist?: The Ultimate Guide on How to Break Into Comics!

Attention Comic Loving Kids!

The secrets to comic book creation are at your fingertips! This comprehensive guide details the steps to becoming a hit comic book maker—from creating compelling characters and illustrations to getting published and marketing a finished product—and is full of insights from world-famous artists from such companies as DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse

5.) Cliffhanger Writing Prompts: 30 One-Page Story Starters That Fire Up Kids’ Imaginations and Help Them Develop Strong Narrative Writing Skills

Writers block no more, these prompts will get the juices flowing in no time!

This ready-to-use resource contains 30 exciting story starters that model good writing and help any student get past writer’s block!

6.) Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing

We all need some encouragement at times, check out what these authors have to say!

Here are the ideas, experiments, and inspiration to unfold your imagination and get your writing to flow off the page! This is the everything-you-need guide to spark new poems and unstick old stories, including lists of big, small, gross-out, and favorite words; adventurous and zany prompts to leap from; dares and double dares to help you mash up truths and lies into outrageous paragraphs; and letters of encouragement written directly to you from famous authors, including: Annie Barrows, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lemony Snicket, C. M. Mayo, Elizabeth Singer Hunt, Moira Egan, Gary Soto, Lucille Clifton, Avi, Betsy Franco, Carol Edgarian, Karen Cushman, Patricia Polacco, Prartho Sereno, Lewis Buzbee, and C. B. Follett.

pinterestYou can find these items, and many more, on our Guardian Lights Pinterest page. Just look for the ‘Enriching Imagination – Gifts’ board.


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