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Next time your child asks you to read a story, tell her that today you want her to tell you a story instead. Use one of these Young Writers Workshop pages to help her get started.
If your child can't write yet, offer to write down what she tells you. As she creates the story, you may have to help her a little the first time or two. If no one asked her to make up a story before, she may need to practice this new skill. Before long your child will be able to make up stories easily. She will be very proud of herself and gain confidence in her own creativity.

Learn more about helping young chidren to read and write in our Parents Guide and Teachers Guide.
Select from 48 topics shown below. Click on an image to open a printer-friendly pdf file.


Blank page Police helicopter Rocks and gems Girl and cat Smelling flowers Egg hunt Dog tricks Art museum Moms in park Shadows Butterflies Penguin crossing At the zoo Four-leaf clover taxi Visiting dogs Birds on a train Loose monkeys Decorating eggs Four frogs Tony and the snakes Pumpkin Pirate Cowboy Crocodile talk Feeding baby bird Fire fighter and tree Cat, dog and ball Wake up, cat! Goat trouble Boat ride Talking  to the birds Astronaut Who is in my house? Penguins on the beach Park bench What's in the bag? Bird bath Walkingg with Mom Let's climb Contstruction site Twisty balloons Beach combers Zoo delivery Cat and fiddle

Your young child may ask you to read back her dictated stories over and over. Do it willingly. She is becoming aware of the permanence of words and she is practicing her memory skills. After a few repetitions, test her skills by leaving out a word or saying a totally different word and see if she catches the change. She probably will.
As your child learns to read and write, our Story Starters offer lots of subjects for your child to write about.
You can also create stories together. Each of you can take turns making up a sentence and you can write the story down. Your child will be especially proud of the story you wrote together. Keep all of the stories in a folder or binder. It will be a very special treasure for both of you.


Picking apples Girl shows bird Goat on a bridge Boy with puppets Visiting dentist
To give you even more choices, we created a collection of 101 Story Starters. Each design comes in six different formats to suit your teaching preferences. These are available on a CD sold through our online store. NEW: four sets of 24 Story Starters from the CD that can be purchased and downloaded immediately. These can also be found on our Meddybemps Store page


Chris's Story Destiny's Story Diamond's Story Dominique's Story
Marcus's Story Stephon's Story
Francisco's Story


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Workshop Pages
(pdf format*):
Free samples from 101 Story Starters CD-ROM
- Picking apples
- Goat on a bridge
- Visiting dentist
- Boy with puppets
- Girl shows bird

Original Online Story Starters
- Smelling flowers
- Rocks and gems
- Police helicopter
- Moms in park
- Art museum
- Egg hunt
- Girl and cat
- Dog tricks
- Loose monkeys
- Park bench
- Goat trouble
- Cat and fiddle
- Blank page
- Beach combers
- Pumpkin Pirate
- Astronaut
- Walking with Mom
- Fire fighter and tree
- Penguin crossing
- Crocodile talk
- Cowboy
- Butterflies
- Decorating eggs
- Penguins on beach
- Zoo delivery
- Visiting dogs
- Construction site
- Hiding fish
- Taxi
- Cat, dog and ball
- Talking to the birds
- Tony and the snake
- Four-leaf clover
- Wake up, cat!
- Let's climb
- At the zoo
- 4 Frogs
- Boat ride
- Feeding baby bird
- Who's in my house?
- Bird bath
- Shadows
- What's in the bag?
- Twisty balloons
- Birds on a train
* We converted these pages to pdf files to improve the quality when you print. You will need the free Acrobat Reader (version 4 or later) to view the files. Click here to download the free reader from Adobe.

Note: you may already have Acrobat or another pdf reader installed on your computer. Click on any of the Workshop pages above to find out.
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Submit your child's work. If we choose it and publish it online, we'll send him or her a free Young Writers Workshop "Published Author" T-shirt. Details.

Read their stories.

for April, 2014:
Victoria W.
Charlotte, NC

3-Year-Olds
Oliver, T.
Madison, WI
Paula O.
Cedar Hill, TX
Elizabeth P.
Phoenix, Arizona

4-Year-Olds
Olive P.
Cramerton, NC
Priscilla O.
Cedar Hill, TX
Bonnie F.
Hayward, California
Kelsey F.
Teaneck, NJ
Jacqueline C.
San Jose, CA
Arantxa B.
Kirkland, WA
Maximillian W.
Phippsburg, ME

5-Year-Olds
Donna M.
Tangerang, Banten,
Indonesia
Leticia S.
Irvington, NJ
Noah P.
Port Orange, FL
Claire X.
Holmdel, NJ
Sabrina O.
Maryville, MO
Kendall M.
Boerne, TX
Taylor R.
San Antonio, TX
Isabella I.
Bradenton, FL

6-Year-Olds
Sumayya A.
Salmiya, Kuwait
Samuel F.
Great Neck, New York
Samuel J.
Clarksville, Ohio
Ella B.
Apex, North Carolina
Corinne A.
Bogota, Colombia
Mason H.
Reno, NV
Jackson Z.
Fountain Hills, AZ
Jasmine M.
Rowlett, TX
Teejay W.
Leeds, West Yorkshire,
England
Susan D.
Northvale, NJ
Nick J.
Overland Park, KS
Pnina F.
East Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel
Timothy C.
Boardman, Ohio
Joshua F.
Hayward, California
Peter L.
Murfreesboro, TN
Gabrielle A.
Charlottesville, VA
Haley K.
Colorado Springs, CO
Kelsey W.
Lenoir, NC
Edwin N.
Lititz, PA
Austin E.
Northvale, NJ
Alice T.
Pelangi, Malaysia
Katherine C.
San Jose, CA
Shreya G.
London, England
David K.
Northvale, NJ
Carley D.
Northvale, NJ
Sarah B.
Auburn, AL
Gabrielle J.
Leaburg, OR
Anna M.
Daphne, AL

7-Year-Olds
Dahlia P.
Cramerton, NC
Kailei W.
Lenoir, North Carolina
Mikaela B.
Malaysia
Zarina K.
Mountain View, CA
Marissa S.
Rockleigh, NJ
Afirah P
San Antonio, Texas
Harshita B.
Reading, Berkshire, UK
Lauren D.
Northvale, NJ
Lauren D.
Northvale, NJ
Sreram R.
Ilford, Essex, U.K.
Zoe P.
Eugene, OR
Abigail R.
Northvale, NJ
Allyse H.
Evansville, IN
Anshuman B.
Apple Valley, MN
Tanner M.
Dumfries, VA
Aditya S.
Katy, TX
Jurnee W.
Vacaville, CA
Caley L.
Valdosta, GA
Roselyn I.
Ann Arbor, MI
Daniel B.
Howick, Auckland,
New Zealand
Ebele E.
Marietta, GA

8-Year-Olds
Ameena A.
Salmiya, Kuwait
Taylor H.
Castle Rock, CO
Ayziah R.
Sahuarita, Arizona
Lucy G.
Morton, Illinios
Alexandra P.
Woodruff, SC
Phoebe O.
Cedar Hill, TX
Afirah P.
San Antonio, TX
Haley K.
Colorado Springs, CO
Aiden T.
Poway, CA
Olivia T.
Poway, CA
Yoon Jee C.
Northvale, NJ
Sarah E.
Trinity, AL
Anson L.
Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Holly A-S
Weston, MA
Anore P.
San Antonio, TX
Marissa B.
Columbus, OH
Richard C.
Rosemead, CA
Kayla C.
Coventry, RI
Nakkia A.
Charleston, WV

9-Year-Olds
Nadezhda P.
Cramerton, NC
Phoebe O.
Cedar Hill, Texas
Francisco A.
Newark, New Jersey
Stephon F.
Newark, New Jersey
Ellery G.
Morton, IL
Amirah Z.
Orleans, Ontario,
Canada
Anore P
San Antonio, Texas
Katie F.
Hayward, California
Sharjeel S.
Etobiroke, Ontario,
Canada
Garthika S.
Ilford, Essex, U.K.
Eden W.
Pierre, SD
Nivetha K..
Marlboro, NJ
Jacob L.
Belvidere, NJ
Katie L.
East Concord, NY
Iris M.
Spring City, PA
Louisa R.
Westmont, Quebec,
Canada

10-Year-Olds
Chris A.
Newark, New Jersey
Destiny R.
Newark, New Jersey
Diamond G.
Newark, New Jersey
Dominique G.
Newark, New Jersey
Marcus C.
Newark, New Jersey
Kristen F.
Charlotte, NC
Tudor M.
Castro Valley, CA
Mika B.
Malaysia
Jordan H.
Pikeville, KY
Mitchell K.
Allentown, PA

11-Year-Olds
Destiny T.
Windsor, Ontario,
Canada
Sana K.
Mountain View, CA
Faith L.
Hamptonville, NC
Canté B.
Pierre, SD
Urvi B.
Reading, Berkshire
U.K.

12-Year-Olds
Cynthia E.
Trinity, Alabama
Gary W.
Xichang, China
Rachael E.
Escondido, CA
Rachael E.
Escondido, CA
Jade Frances A. Walthanston,
London, England
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