There's no limit to what young writers can find in the pages of a book. Whether it's new ideas, morals or self-belief, books can empower them to achieve, they are also a powerful starting point when it comes to them producing a piece of writing.
Because we know reading and writing go hand in hand, we've gathered our favourite book-themed writing prompts that will inspire your class to pick up their pencils! Whether it's for World Book Day, National Storytelling Week or your own Book Week in school, these ready-made writing activities come with a story starter, questions, sentence challenges, and a grammar/punctuation challenge.
The greatest library
"The books had minds of their own. This was no ordinary library. Books about knights and castles would gallop all over the library, bravely and boldly ordering the other books around. The books about thieves would sneak around, lurking behind bookshelves in the shadows. Books about wild animals would occasionally roar and bite other books. The ones containing stories set in the winter would often shiver, covering their neighbours with snow and frost..."
"Beneath their frantically flapping wings was an important package; the result of an uncountable amount of hours’ laborious writing. Trapped in a world of words, the author had slaved for many months over these books, and he now reflected on what would become of them..."
The magic library
"Elsa loved reading, but that wasn’t why she had come to the library. She approached one of the golden orbs lined up along the centre of the library floor, and carefully placed her finger on the top. It had worked last time. Would it work again? She longed for the magic to happen, and closed her eyes in silent prayer…"
The secret library
"In Barrowtown, books were forbidden. There was a strict penalty given to anyone caught reading. When Lucy wandered off on another of her adventures in the woods that morning, little did she know that she was about to make an extraordinary discovery…"
"The quirky buildings were once treasured books, fondly read time and again. Now, lovingly restored; new life had been breathed into the pages to create several unique and exciting dwellings. Each house contained its own unusual story, told within the walls. To experience the book's magic, all you needed to do was enter through the front door and see where the story would take you..."
These are just a few of the hundreds of writing prompts you can find on Pobble, whatever genre you're teaching!
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