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Kids Can Write and Publish Books Too

Updated on October 15, 2014
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

Does your child enjoy writing? Have you accumulated your child's art, poetry, essays and stories? In my house as the years went by my parents accumulated these items for three children. I don't know what they did with those items as we got older, but have I got some great ideas for you. So pull out the tubs full of your child's art, poetry, essays and stories and separate them into piles according to category. Once you've got that done ask yourself the question, "Should I publish my child's stuff for love or for money?" Why should your child's stuff get published? Think of the keepsakes your family will be able to look back on, think of the gifts you can give to relatives, think of Show & Tell Day at your child's school (show off), and think about the sense of accomplishment your child will feel. Think of the times your child will share with other children to encourage them to publish, if they so desire.

Publishing For Love: This option does not require an ISBN number, a copyright and distribution options. It requires lots of fun, creativity, and imagination on the part of you and your child, Oh, and this website - This is a wonderful website which allows your child's drawings and/or pictures to be uploaded to begin creating their book. Your child will write their story, add their pictures and/or drawings, then create their book. There is an online starter tool called a StorySpark™ if your child needs some imagination assistance. After your child's book is created you may order copies. Does your child need a calendar as well, guess what? You can create one. I think you will really enjoy what this website has to offer. Also check out,, and

Publishing For Money: This option requires much more work, an ISBN number, a copyright and distribution options. Here are several Hubs on this subject -,

Literary success at a tender age.

  • Best-selling teen author Michelle Izmaylov, U.S. A writer of fantasy-fiction books for young adults published her first title when she was just 11. Her second book, "Dream Saver" rose to No. 5 on Barnes & Noble's daily Top 10 fantasy fiction best-seller list.
  • Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, lives in Concord, MA with her family. She was born in 1984 and her first novel, In The Forests of the Night, she wrote when she was 13. Her second novel, Demon in my Eyes, became an ALA Quick Pick. She was named one to the 20 Teens Who Will Change the World by Teen People magazine.
  • S.E. Hinton, who's full name is Susan Eloise Hinton, was born in Tulsa, OK in 1951. She wrote her first book, The Outsiders, at age 16. The Outsiders was so widely acclaimed that S.E. Hinton was called "The Voice of the Youth." This pressure and publicity gave her writers block for three years. She has gone on to write many great books for young adults.
  • Joyce Maynard, U.S.,"An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back On Life" (1972). Published when she was 19.

  • Helen Oyeyemi, Nigeria/ England, "The Icarus Girl" (2005). Written when she was 18.

  • Christopher Paolini, U.S., "Eragon" (2003). Begun when he was 15.

  • Françoise Sagan, France, "Bonjour tristesse" (1954). Published when she was 19.

  • Mary Shelley, England, "Frankenstein" (1818). Written when she was 19.

    Source: Published Reports


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