Books on Writing

For Middle School, High School and Beyond

"The Elements of Style"(fourth edition) by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

"Writing Magic" by Gail Carson Levine

"Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" by Anne Lamott

"The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile" by Noah Lukeman

"Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind" by Natalie Goldberg

"How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling" by James N. Frey

"On Writing Well" by William Zinsser

"Essential Literary Terms" by Sharon Hamilton

"Because Writing Matters" by Carl Nagin & The National Writing Project (Jossey-Bass)

"Active Voice: A program of Writing Across the Curriculum" by James Moffett (Heinemann)

"The Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You" by Ralph Fletcher

"What’s Your Story? A Young Person’s Guide to Writing Fiction" by Marion Dane Bauer

"On Writing" by Stephen King

"The Artist’s Way" by Julia Cameron


For Younger Writers:

"Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing" by Josephine Nobisso

"Nothing Ever Happens On 90th Street" by Roni Schotter

"Punctuation Takes a Vacation" by Robin Pulver

"The Important Book" by Margaret Wise Brown

"What Do Authors Do?" by Eileen Christelow

"If You Were a Writer" by Joan Lowery Nixon

"Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write and Illustrate Terrific Books" by Loren Leedy

"You Have to Write" by Janet Wong

"It Came From Beneath the Bed!" by James Howe