I'm linking up for Collaboration Cuties' Mentor Text Linky with a great book for helping kids overcome anxiety in writing.
I know a lot of teachers have read Peter Reynolds' The Dot, but I'm not sure if Ish has gained the same number of followers. It's one of his three "creatrilogy" books. (The other is great too, Sky Color.)
Basically, it is the story of a boy who loves to draw until his older brother discourages him. But his little sister comes along and gives him confidence and helps him see his art in a new light. Before you know it, he is applying this new attitude to his writing.
I like the fact that this book is really short, but has a powerful message. It's perfect for a writer's workshop mini-lesson on overcoming discouragement and anxiety about writing not being good enough. If you haven't read the book, you can find a very British reading of it here on youtube!
Not to toot my own horn, but I think my "Book of Awesome Tasks" would pair up nicely with a reading of this book!
There are 45 opportunities for kids to get a little "ish" with their art and writing! And at just $5 for an infinite amount of copies, that's a steal!
Be sure to stop by Ideas by Jivey on Facebook tomorrow! There's a giveaway going on to win a set of my Editable Classroom Newsletter Templates!