I Love To Write Book

The I Love To Write Book, tips for young writers, by Mary-Lane Kamberg

The I Love To Write Book:
Ideas & Tips for Young Writers
by Mary-Lane Kamberg
with preface by John Riddle (founder, I Love To Write Day)

Crickhollow Books • 2008
Trade Softcover • 136 pages • 7.5” x 9.25”
Juvenile Nonfiction / Language Arts /
Composition & Creative Writing (ages 8–14)
$16.95 • ISBN 978-1-933987-05-7

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link to Table of Contents
(at the book’s website, which includes
a blog & more tips for young writers)


“An extremely well-done guide.
The book offers practical advice for writers.
Heck, even an adult would benefit from this
clear, straightforward guide. – BookLoons

The I Love to Write Book by Mary-Lane Kamberg
is perfect for encouraging young writers.
As an author I often give workshops to kids groups.
It not only gives me some great ideas, but is
a wonderful follow-up for kids to use on their own.
The writing tips, definitions and examples
are short, to the point, and exactly the information
any writer can use. I highly recommend it
to teachers, parents, and kids.”
– Barbara Youree, author


The I Love To Write Book Blog
Writing ideas & tips for young writers

Blue Zoo Writers – Young Writers
Young writers (and teachers/parents/writing mentors) will find useful ideas on this Blue Zoo site, including posts with writing tips especially for younger writers.

I Love To Write Day
November 15, 2014, is the 12th anniversary of national I Love To Write Day, a grassroots effort to encourage people of all ages practice their writing skills, especially young writers. In 2013, over 30,000 schools held special writing events and activities.

An ideal gift for the young potential author in one’s life.” – Midwest Book Review

“A most welcome source for educators and children – both inspiring and practical. Her enthusiasm for teaching young people to write will grab the attention of teachers, librarians, and kids themselves. Teachers need her straightfoward text. Librarians can recommend it whole-heartedly to the public. And kids will grow in their writing skills enthusiastically.  Buy two copies!  One for yourself, and one to share!”
– Jan Irving, author of Stories NeverEnding, children’s literature and library services consultant

“A ‘must read’ for children and teens who want inspiration and guidance to get a jump start as new writers or to strengthen their current writing skills. Appealing to all ability levels, this is an inspirational book that provides both motivation and guidance with a positive focus . . . not only very user-friendly and easy to use, but also fun to read. I would strongly recommend this book for any older child or teen with an interest in writing. There is something for everyone in these pages, be they neophyte or experienced wordsmith.”
A Different Drummer, newsletter of Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG)


The I Love To Write Book is an inspiring guide for young writers, with lots of tips, techniques, and templates for writing success – activities, worksheets, samples, and best practices for classroom, homeschool, or independent writing projects.

This collection of practical advice, activities, and worksheets, with many samples, was originally published in support of national “I Love To Write Day” (which occurs each mid-November, on Nov. 15 in 2008). The book includes a preface by John Riddle, the founder of the annual event now celebrated in more than 20,000 schools.

The book introduces sound writing principles, the beginnings of a skill set used by successful writers at all levels.

The tips includes advice for developing ideas, observing the world, using the senses, writing different types of pieces (news articles, book reviews, thank-you letters, how-tos) and best practices for writing poetry and fiction. It also covers the fundamentals of revising work and submitting it for publication.

The book will help any young student on the first stages of his or her journey to become a successful, self-motivated writer.


Mary-Lane Kamberg is director of a summer writing camp in Kansas for young writers. She has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and has authored 11 books, including Bono: Fighting World Hunger and Poverty (Rosen Publishing, 2008) and The “I Don’t Know How To Cook” Book (Adams Media, 2004). She has also published hundreds of articles, short stories, and poems. She lives in Olathe, Kansas, near Kansas City.