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Books for budding artists and writers

Inspire your budding artist, poet or author to put pen (or crayon) to paper with our selection of books, picked to help young imaginations take shape. Our creative writing titles are brilliant for inspiring children to switch off the screens and write for pleasure.
You might also be interested in Christopher Edge's top tips for creative writing at Christmas.

Creative books for the under 5s


Michelle Robinson, Irene Dickson
When Daisy draws a little mouse named Pipsqueak, he comes to life and leads her on the most magical adventure. Celebrating the imagination and encouraging creative play, Daisy Doodles will be a big hit with children who love drawing and making things.
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Activity: Daisy Doodles activity sheet [PDF]

Akala, Sav Akyuz
A new picture book series from the MOBO award-winning hip hop artist Akala, bursting with brightly coloured artwork from acclaimed illustrator Sav.
Hip, a wise hippo; and Hop, his energetic bird friend, are taking part in the Blueberry Hill bike race. Hop struggles at first, but with help from Hip, they learn that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it! Focus on your dreams and go! Part prose, part rap, this book is packed full of rhyme and rhythm.
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Jon Burgerman
Once upon a time, a thief committed a crime. Everything he stole was replaced with a RHYME! Will the rhyme thief ever be brought to justice? Can YOU solve the mysterious ending? Packed with the silliest of rhymes and wordplay, this original, hilarious, and interactive tale will have the youngest children in fits of giggles!
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Creative books for age 5+


Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre
Get your pens out and step into an amazing world of pugs, sea monkeys, killer cakes and more, for a whole host of drawing and creating writing adventures and fun with your expert guides, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre!
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John Foster
This poetry collection for 5 year olds comprises 35 fun, accessible poems to read together at home. Featuring a fantastic range of children's poets with full-colour illustrations, this book will help children develop an understanding of poetry and fan their love of reading.
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Also available: Oxford Poetry for 6 Year Olds , Oxford Poetry for 7 Year Olds

Creative writing and poetry for age 7+


Christopher Edge
From how to overcome writer’s block to what words to use to best effect, How to Write your Best Story Ever! is designed to help all children unlock their story ideas and write their own best ever stories. Packed with entertaining illustrations that will inspire new writer, this book is filled with tips on how to write in particular genres, create exciting characters, and write powerful sentences using metaphors, similes, and idioms.
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Activities: Visit our creative writing activities page

Christopher Edge
A must-have notebook to unlock the imagination and inspire children to start writing. Full of great hints and tips, and activity pages for jotting down words, sketching characters, and writing in stories. A perfect companion to How To Write Your Best Story Ever!
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Michael Harrison
This is a lovely anthology of poems for the whole Christmas season. Find traditional carols and songs, and modern poems about children's experiences of Christmas: food and families, presents and celebrations, and the snow and ice of winter. The collection is both reflective and joyful and includes contributions from Eleanor Farjeon, Roger McGough, Judith Nicholls, U.A. Fanthorpe and Gareth Owen, among many others. With beautiful colour illustrations throughout, this collection makes a perfect gift at Christmas.
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Creative writing books for age 9+


Christopher Edge
This book will help children learn to craft brilliant stories, create believable characters, write powerful endings and much more. Packed with practical tips and insider advice from published authors, this guide opens up the secrets of how to write well and guides young writers all the way through from beating the fear of the blank page and learning to edit their work, to how to get other people reading their stories.
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Activities: Visit our creative writing activities page

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