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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 43 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.

Christmas Tree Farm Decorating for Halloween Pilgrims and Native Americans
Just in time for this season's holiday themes, we created 25 brand new Story Starters related to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. These are available for purchase and immediate download. See details on our Meddybemps Guide Download Store page. Click on the three images above to open pdf examples you are free to use.

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

Sabrina's artwork Garthika's artwork Austin's artwork

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All rights reserved. Revised 2/6/2020.
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Workshop Pages
(pdf format*):
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 May, 2021:
Riketha M.
Mason, Ohio
Rishabh M.
Mason, Ohio

Oliver, T.
Madison, WI
Paula O.
Cedar Hill, TX
Elizabeth P.
Phoenix, Arizona

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

Eli B.
St. Louis, MN
Donna M.
Tangerang, Banten,
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

Nysa G.
Herndon, Virgina
Myra G.
Herndon, VA
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,
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

Sabrina H..
Sacramento, California
Rishabh M.
Jersey City, NJ
Lara K.
Danville, AL
Myra G.
Herndon, VA
Saisha P.
Herndon, VA
Alexander D.
Cote D'Azure, Singapore
Dahlia P.
Cramerton, NC
Kailei W.
Lenoir, North Carolina
Mikaela B.
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

Vidya H..
San Diego, California
Audrey O.
Missouri, Texas
Lucas M.
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
Isabella L.
St. James, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad & Tabago
Danville, AL
Anna D.
Danville, AL
Halley E.
Charlotte, NC
Destiny V.
Sahuarita, AZ
Victoria W.
Charlotte, NC
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

Nathan T.
Tucson, AZ
Destiny V.
Sahuarita, AZ
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,
Anore P
San Antonio, Texas
Katie F.
Hayward, California
Sharjeel S.
Etobiroke, Ontario,
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,

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.
Jordan H.
Pikeville, KY
Mitchell K.
Allentown, PA

Briella H.
Richland Center, WI
Anisa D.
Tucson, AZ
Brady J.
Richland Center, WI
Payton K.
Richland Center, WI
Rayonna W.
Newark, NJ
Lizette G.
Newark, NJ
Destiny T.
Windsor, Ontario,
Sana K.
Mountain View, CA
Faith L.
Hamptonville, NC
Canté B.
Pierre, SD
Urvi B.
Reading, Berkshire

Victoria M.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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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