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As technology becomes ever more entrenched in the classroom, there's a risk that we'll forget about the benefits of some old-fashioned skills and habits. The simple act of writing things down is good for us in innumerable ways--being able to refer back to our notes is probably the least of them. Writing reinforces memory as it's being done, and putting thoughts into words adds clarity to them, not to mention giving the writer practice in communicating to others. The benefits aren't only visible on report cards, either. Practicing self-expression helps kids sort out their emotions and fears, their likes and dislikes, and gives them a sense of who they are inside. At any age, but especially for the young, knowing yourself is the key to making good decisions, so we say expose kids to whatever helps instill the habit, whether it's the books below or just a pad of paper and some colorful pens. Hey, we sell those too!

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061726842
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Published: HarperTeen - September 1st, 2009

Kid's Trip Diary: Kids! Write About Your Own Adventures and Experiences! (Kid's Travel series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781892147141
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Marlor Press - September 1st, 2007

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780547548104
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2011

We the Dreamers: Young Authors Explore the American Dream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934750179
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: 826 Books - June 15th, 2010

Nine Novels by Younger Americans Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780977084449
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Published: 826 Books - January 1st, 2007

A Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer within You Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780380784301
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Published: HarperCollins - July 29th, 2003

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780064472647
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Published: HarperTeen - February 18th, 2003