Have you heard of Studentreasures Publishing Company? It is a wonderful company where your students can publish books! Since I teach a primary grade (K-2) they offer a chance to publish a class book. I have done this with my students for the past three years, and the results have been magnificent. Each year, I choose a theme for my students to write stories about. We bring these pieces through the writing process, and write a final draft version on the pages sent to us by the company. We then send our completed pages back to the company one week before our assigned "Press Date" and about 2-3 weeks later, we receive copies of our published book in the mail. The great thing is there is no pressure to buy the book, they will send you a copy for free, BUT if your families are interested, they may purchase copies of the book. Each year, I have several families who choose to purchase the book for a treasured memory of second grade. My former students have come back a year/two years later and shared how it is still one of their prized processions. My young writers truly feel like published authors when the books get delivered to the classroom. They really understand the Writing Process, and they see the importance of Pre-Writing, Drafting, Editing, Revising, and Publishing! If you are looking for a wonderful way to publish writing in your classroom, take a look at Studentreasures!
This year our theme was Once Upon a Dream... Stories where we entered a dreamworld and shared the many adventures before waking back up. Last year our theme was Our Imaginary Pets. I try to choose a theme that allows for creativity and imagination of each of my budding young authors.
An example of the student created story
The day our books came in, all students were engrossed in the treasured book, reading each others stories and sharing in the excitement of publication.
To find out more about the company, check out their website here: www.studentreasures.com.