The Just 20 Weekly Booklist contains 20 recommendations on a topic or genre for patrons of all ages. The list, curated by Lisa & Beth, is designed to proceed in level from older audiences to younger.
Note: Items denoted with an * are a part of NPL's collection. All others can be ordered via Inrteribrary Loan.
A bit of inspiration: "My biggest bit of advice is to make a point to draw for at least 30 minutes a day," he says. "For some, that seems really tough (it seemed impossible for me at first), but I think it's incredibly important. You'll find your voice and figure out how you like to work and draw. It's also a great way of recording your progress as an artist." -Mike Lowery
Read the article from which this quote is drawn here.
“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’” - Anne Lamott from Bird by Bird
We each can have a role in creating change and it does not have to be the same for everybody. In this book, Mary Pipher reminds us that words are powerful and explains how people can create social change with their message and a keyboard. She combines practical writing instruction with personal anecdotes and memorable quotations from other writers, to help people change the world through writing.
Burn This Book is a powerful collection of essays that explores the meaning of censorship and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves. A slim volume filled with gems from authors of many backgrounds.
One doesn't have to love horror to acknowledge Stephen King as master of his craft. Written one year after a serious motor accident, this book appeals as both (or either) advice to writers looking to hone their craft or those who enjoy an interesting memoir from an author who persevered.
Since its publication in 1986 it has become a classic. Think of this book as a "Zen and the Art of Writing" or writing as a spiritual practice. Not for those looking for a how-to-manual, but instead for those who seek to integrate the writing process into daily life and awareness.
I am including this title which is geared towards kids to call attention to the work of Ralph Fletcher, our neighbor to the east, (plus the kids cover is great); in particular "Breathing In Breathing Out - Keeping a writer's notebook" . What is the nature of the writer's notebook? Why is it so important? How do you set one up? These are the sorts of questions the author answers, and more.
This collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts will get the creative juices flowing in no time. From crafting your own obituary to penning an ode to an onion, each page of this playful journal invites inspiration. Brimming with entertaining exercises from the literary minds of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto; also comes in a young writers edition.
Stimulate the writer AND artist within you by making a custom journal that conveys your love of words and images, or captures your Just20 interests. This book explains the basic art and craft of journal making and journal writing: material, tools, & techniques. Choose the perfect papers, follow the bookmaking and binding basics step by step - and you are on your way!
We are so fortunate to live in the beautiful Upper Valley. We all see nature everyday and this book gives you simple techniques for starting and maintaining a journal to enhance your appreciation of the natural world. The authors describe how to capture nature in words and pictures and also provide step-by-step drawing instructions.
Possession is a novel of wit and romance, an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. As a pair of young scholars research the lives of two Victorian poets, they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire — from séances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany. A perfect summer read for adults or teens and a Booker Prize winner - read this and check award winner off your Just20 activity list (Activity badge #4 - Reading is Fundamental.)
Fun exercises recommended by authors to spark creativity and get your writing flowing. Why not pick one day a week and devote that day to writing based on a prompt or imaginative suggestion. It may be just the shake up you need to make this exciting again or take your writing in a new direction.
Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted and several other Fantasy books, has put together a book of tips and tricks geared toward inspiring other writers. At the end of each chapter she announces "Writing time!" and sets up a challenge for those interesting in putting her advice into action. She also devotes a section at the end of the book to helping launch your words and putting them out into the world.
Filled with exciting ideas and exercises, Keri Smith takes every idea you've had about keeping a journal and turns it on its head. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter: exploration of the day. She issues daily creative challenges and includes the quote or idea that inspired them.
If you are inspired by the books like Lunch Lady and Stinky Cheeseman and you'd like to write your own —this guide is for you. If you enjoy reading/writing about spoofs, superheroes, farts and giant monsters (though maybe not all in one story) you'll find plenty of inspiration here to start writing your own works. Filled with tips, tricks, interviews and illustrated inspiration, this could help you unlock your own writing superpower.
Anne and Ellen take you from the very beginning of finding an idea and then what you do with it to produce a story or other writing. They also talk about the ins and outs of being an author is that's something you're curious about. The illustrations by Matt Phelan add to the charm and appeal of this young writer's handbook.
Not all journals have writing, some are filled with sketches and drawings to help recreate a certain time or place in your memory. Julia Rothman's book is filled with illustrations of every aspect of nature imaginable—from the extremely large to the teeny tiny. Perhaps it will inspire you to create your own outdoor journal of your summer adventures or to include some sketches in with your words.
All of the books by the Klise sisters are filled with notes, articles, interesting images and ephemera—which makes reading them an interesting experience. This book follows 12 year old Lily as she's serving on a jury, hoping to solve the mystery playing out in front of her. While on duty at the courthouse, she's spending her nights at the Menagerie Hotel, where every room is decorate like a different animal. An interesting glimpse into a certain time in someone's life as seen through their journal.
The perfect summer read, like peeking into someone's illustrated journal of their adventures at camp. Ellie is spending time away with her crazy relatives and we get to experience it all with her diary entries and hilarious sketches. Geared towards a "first chapter" reader, this is the first book in a series.
Need a story, let Rufus create one for you. He can make one for any occasion, just tell him what you need. He's set up a table in the neighborhood and will happily barter stories for treasures. Perhaps this picture book can inspire you to create your own "story stand" next to the booth selling lemonade. Couldn't your neighborhood use one of each this summer?
What are some of your favorite words? Consider making your own collection after you read this picture book. You can find out more about Jerome and how and why he collects words over at Miss Beth's blog.