Publishing Young Authors

Hey, friend!  It's Andrea from Always Kindergarten.  Writer's Workshop is one of my favorite times of the day in my Kindergarten classroom.  Watching my students' writing evolve over the school year is so amazing to witness.  I love how their personalities shine through their writing by the end of the year.  

One of my most favorite events of the school year is our Authors' Morning.  You can read more about this event over on my blog.  It is a celebration of our hard work and a way for us to show off our learning.  

Throughout the year, we learn how to write personal narratives, how to books, opinion pieces, and informational books.  At the end of the year, we review all we have learned and my students create fictional narratives.  This year, I decided to give my students their own writing journals.

At the end of our unit, I meet with each student and we choose their best story to publish.  I type up each child's story with a blank box at the top so they can draw final illustrations.

We also create a front cover, title page, dedication page, and a page all about the author.

Then I bind the books on this amazing machine!
No more laminating, no more annoying combs, this baby binds books in 90 seconds!  It's the Book Creator from Premier Binding.  You can find it here.  It has changed my life when making class books and publishing student work.  I absolutely love it!  If you give them a call, ask for Jay and tell him I sent ya!

The kiddos love reading their stories to each other!

Do you publish student writing?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

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