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Creative Writing Podcasts for Kids to Keep the Online Learning Going This Summer With Fun Virtual Summer Camp

Updated on July 7, 2020
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Dive Into Creative Writing This Summer With These Interactive Sessions

Renowned authors and illustrators for children to interact with and share story ideas
Renowned authors and illustrators for children to interact with and share story ideas | Source

Creativity Can Be Alive This Summer With Online Learning

Online learning activities have been the norm in our new normal for the past few months. Reading and writing are two important skills that children need for all other subjects. Publishing companies such as Random House Children's Books serve as grreat tools for the new online learning outlets that are available for kids. Random House Children's Books is excited to offer the latest podcast tools from the renowned award-winning source from Story Pirates for the month of July. Favorite authors and illustrators of popular children's books will live-stream interactive content to spark creative writing skills for four weeks in July. Participating children's authors such as Mary Pope Osborne of The Magic Tree House series fame, Nic Stone, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton are just a few of the children's authors who will participate.

This is a safe online space for kids to use their imagination and get those creative writing juices flowing. All idea for stories are welcome. The use of screen time is broken up into segments so that kids have time to write. All that is needed is paper, writing tools and markers to draw with, and tape. The literary guests will discuss the creative writing process and children will have the opportunity to ask questions. Children will also have the opportunity to download their story ideas.

Sessions will be available for these dates:

*July 6-10 Theme: Illustration Vacations

*July 13-17 Theme: Camp Cartoonist

*July 20-24 Theme: Story Pirates in Space

*July 27-31 Theme: Time Travel Adventures

Story Pirates is a leading resource for arts education for children. This is a media company that was founded in 2004 to give kids an outlet for using words creatively and developing story ideas. Their podcasts have won awards from both Webby and iheart radio.

Children can sign up for these July creative writing sessions at https://www./

Great Online Tool for Teachers to Use This Summer

Teachers who have been teaching online this summer with our "new normal" of virtual learning will want to log on with their students to participate in this creative writing podcast for the month of July. Creative writing skills are a major part of learning and thses skills are valuable for children to develop to be successful in all other subjects. Colleges and universities encourage early learning in creative writing for all children.

The guest authors and illustrators are favorites with ages 8-12. Each session will have a theme that children will have the opportunity to spark their creative ideas into a story.

*Log on to the chosen session. Authors and illustrators are ready to answer questions about the creative writing process.

*Encourage children to draw their ideas for a story. Drawing skills are an important skill that precedes learning to write. Children who draw learn to write faster and have better writing and reading abilities. Teachers know that illustrations are an important part of helping children learn to read. Children often "read" a story by looking at the illustrations first.

*The session that will be held from July 13-17 is an especially creative session with the theme of Camp Cartoonist. Graphic novels that have a cartoon-like format are popular with children. Learning to draw conversation bubbles as in a cartoon format is a fun skill for children to master.

*The session held with the themes of Story Pirates in Space and Time travel Adventures for the last two weeks in July provide the opportunity for kids to write creative stories about going into space and how they would live as an astronaut. Our country has celebrated the anniversary of the moon walk this year. What better way to have children explore space with this creative writing summer camp theme?

*Engage your students in conversations with the authors and illustrators. What are their questions about the creative writing process? How do they get ideas for stories? Encourage students to download their stories at

*What are some of the students' favorite books from the authors who are participating in these podcasts for this creative summer camp?

© 2020 Cindy Hewitt


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