Resources for IBW Authors                                                                               

 


Child Development Resources

~ KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE (and what they can and cannot do)! In these days of the Internet, there are a wealth of resources on child development that are just a click away that provide a lot of insight into different age groups, their abilities and interests. For an article that includes links to many excellent resources, click here.

 

Profiles of Developmental Benchmarks, ages 4-7

~ For a PDF with short profiles of developmental benchmarks specific to age, click here. To download as a Word document, click here.

 

Guidelines for Creating IBW Characters

~ To access a PDF list of qualities that are the themes around which IBW stories evolve, click here. To download as a Word document, click here.

 

Word List for 2-5 yr olds

~ For PDF of type words that are good to use when writing stories for children ages 2-5 years, click here. To download as a Word document, click here.

 

Readiness Skills for Preschoolers

~ To access a PDF 105 desirable readiness skills for preschoolers, click here. To download as a Word document, click here.

 

Children’s Writer’s Word Book

~ For VERY good resource for children’s writers, providing acceptable vocabulary for each level, Kindergarten through grade 6, click here.

 

Character Naming - English

~ For stories set in current day, choose from among the most prevalent English names. Click here.

 

Character Naming - Hispanic

~ If you have Hispanic characters in your storyline, choose from among these most popular Hispanic names. Click here.

 

Alphabetical “Said” Synonyms

~ To access PDF of synonyms for “said” arranged in alphabetical order, click here. To download as a Word document, click here.

 

Grade Level “Said” Synonyms

~ For PDF of synonyms for “said” grouped by grade level, click here. To download as a Word document, click here.


Pixars 22 Rules of Storytelling

~ To read some helpful tips for storytelling success from former Pixar story artist, Emma Coates, click here.


How Do Children Learn to Share?

~ New research is beginning to untangle the disconnect between knowledge and behavior, with a surprising finding: Young children asked to predict how they will divvy up stickers already anticipate they will tip the scale in their favor. When it comes to sharing, the three- to six-year-old set is – scientifically speaking – a bunch of self-aware hypocrites. To read more, click here.


Embrace Your Inner Child

~ It’s officially summer and I’ve always believed that sunshine brings out our inner child. So instead of lamenting that kids are falling into the dreaded “summer slide” of education, we adults should follow suit and slip into our own rhythm of easy livin’. To read the entire article, click here.


Eight Ways Kindergarten Holds the Key to 21st-Century Instruction

~ Several of the “revolutionary” changes we've been calling for in our schools have actually been around for quite a while—just talk a stroll down to any kindergarten class. To read more about it, click here.


Kids and the Fight for Time

~ More and more, playtime for today’s overscheduled kids is in the backseat of a car going from place to place. Since play-on-the-go lends itself to tablets and cell phones, it’s more important than ever to build portability and simplicity into toys and games. For the entire article, click here.