Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection in Libraries

by Lisa Von Drasek


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Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection in Libraries is a guidebook and source of programming inspiration for all librarians working with early to young adult readers. Librarians will find thematic, easy to implement, hour-long writing workshops that require only paper, markers, and excited young writers. Writing Boxes further explores the essential connection between reading and writing by pairing each workshop with mentor texts to model writing, providing librarians with exemplary books to spark writing responses across genres, formats, and curricula. This monograph has been peer reviewed. 

About the author

Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, an internationally recognized archive of rare books, manuscripts, and original art. She is a children's librarian with over 25 years experience in public library, school, and academic libraries, serving students, teachers, librarians, and caregivers. A book reviewer, Lisa has served on distinguished juries, including The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books and the Newbery and Caldecott awards. She is available for professional development workshops. 

Peer Reviewed

This monograph was peer reviewed by subject experts prior to publication.

University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

"Writing Boxes is a really smart, kid-centered, and easy-to-replicate program. I'll be recommending it wherever I go." John Scieszka, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

"A call to action, a jolt to the senses, and a repository of all around good advice." Elizabeth Bird, Collection Development Manager, Evanston Public Library

"This is an indispensable handbook for anyone who wants to encourage writing in classrooms or libraries or after-school programs." Jennifer M. Brown, Children's Librarian, Bank Street College of Education

"The author combines superlative credentials, including experience as a school and academic librarian and teacher, with knowledge of children's literature and child development, and offers an abundance of "hands-on" information in this practical guide." Jean M. Stevenson, PhD, University of Minnesota Duluth.