Books waiting for authors

I have made some small books - 26 of them in total.
They are on a revolving stand in my classroom waiting for authors to write in them.
Each one has a different topic and a student chooses one to write in at 'work on writing' time.
It is just another way to motivate my writers.

They are in my  TPT store and the kids love them.

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The small books have about ten pages in them.
A writer chooses which book to use, opens up to the next page and starts to write.
They must write their name and add an illustration.
The writer then shares, gets feedback and places the book back on the stand waiting for another author.
Print off the packet in colour. I glued mine on black card and laminated them as well as black card for the backs. I placed about 10 pages in each book, stapled them and put black binding tape on the edge to cover the staples. If you have access to a book binder you could use that. I did bind them last year, but found that with constant use the paper kept coming out of the combs that I used for binding.


  1. I LOVE this idea Paula! Do the kids continue the story written on previous pages or start a fresh story on each page?

    Lifelong Learners in Prep

    1. They start on a fresh page - having the half an A4 page helps.
      Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

    2. I love them - at the moment, each of the kids have a Writing Workshop book that they free write in but I'd love to mix it up a little!

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    1. They are a bit cute. I am glad I re did them from last year though.
      Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

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    1. The kids love them and the parents love them going home too at the end of the year. I have a parent for the second time and it was one of the first questions she asked - are you doing the author books?
      Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths


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