Kids, Write Your Own Book in December

Young authors, tap into your creativity and write your own book at our Chicago Children’s Book Writing Month events in December. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, we call it ChiChiBoWriMo (pronounced shy-chee-bo-rye-mow).

Do you have a book in your head that you want to put on paper? Is it a children’s novel, an illustrated poetry book, an informational book on your favorite topic or maybe even a comic book? Make it happen this month!

Need some inspiration? Try these prompts to get started, and check out our recommended reads to get your imagination going.

  • Write about how you’ve been able to keep in touch with your friends and family without being able to visit them in person.
  • Imagine that you discover something that could change the world, what is it and what impact could it have on our lives?
  • Pretend you are all grown up and telling someone about life in the year 2020. How would you tell that story?
  • Create a story told entirely in dialogue. Who are the characters and what are they saying to each other
  • Ask a friend to draw a picture that you can write a story about.
  • Write about your family's favorite traditions.
  • Think of as many rhyming word pairs as you can in five minutes and use them to write a poem.
  • Take a story you already know and add a new twist to it.
  • Tell a story without any words, just pictures and drawings.
  • What would your life be like if you lived in the past? The future?
  • Write a biography about someone important in your life.