The six traits of writing your kid’s teacher wants to see

Encourage your child to become a writer

For beginning writers of any age, the blank page can be daunting. To support your child's first writing assignments, we made lists of picture books that match up with the six traits that teachers in Arizona look for in children's writing.

They'll give your child a great start, with examples of how to put these basic concepts into action in simple and fun ways.

Word Choice

Word choice is all about using descriptive and imaginative words. Max's Words is one of the books our children's librarians turn to for kids working on this skill. Find more picture books with interesting words hereopens a new window!

Sentence Fluency

Sentence fluency includes grammar and lots of variety in the way sentences sound. Another Important Book's simple rhymes make it one of our favorites to recommend -- see more hereopens a new window!


Voice brings the author's viewpoint to the reader in a strong manner. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is a storytime favorite that will leave children clamoring to discuss the instructions the author gives! Find more hereopens a new window.


Organization is all about how you structure your writing, and the order in which you develop your ideas. If your kids loved the Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs movies, they might be delighted to find out that the book it's based on is also educational. Discover more ways to organize writing in this listopens a new window.


Ideas for writing often come from everyday situations. Beautiful optical illusions illustrate some less everyday ideas in Imagine A Day. These selectionsopens a new window also show how to use ideas to deliver a clear and focused message.


Conventions like punctuation make text easier to understand. Grownups who love language-related humor will get a chuckle as Eats, Shoots & Leaves demonstrates conventions gone awry. Theseopens a new window picture books are more great examples of how to use punctuation to enhance meaning.

How else can the library support your child's education?

Chat with the children's librarian at your local libraryopens a new window to find out more about our resources and events, take a look at our learning tools, and stop by the Homework Centeropens a new window on our website for instant access to a treasure trove of study material, 24/7!