In 2013, while I was preparing and planning my National Novel Writing Month novel, my then-1st grader came to me and said he wanted to write a book as well. I was skeptical, of course, but supportive.
The Office of Light and Letters, the non-profit organization that puts on NaNoWriMo each year has a Young Writer's Program division as well. Usually for older kids, the YWP allows for kids to create their own word count goal, and he chose 5,000 words.
I made a deal with him: If he made his goal, and it was a coherent story, with a beginning, middle, and an end, then I would work with him on it to publish it.
The next year, Portal Magic was published. Since then, we have collaborated on four other books.
The Portal Adventures Series
Portal Magic: Portal Adventures #1
A fun day at the beach with his parents and best friend turned into a grand adventure when David's dad was kidnapped and pulled into another world. Now, David and his friends need to use their weapons and their heads to not only save Dad, but also save Earth from a goblin takeover.
Cool Books by Dubbie Series
Awesome Story Prompts for Kids
In Awesome Story Prompts For Kids, kids will be able to get just a little boost in overcoming writer’s block by giving them a picture and a idea for a story. In ASPFK, kids, parents, and teachers are also introduced to Percy Penguin*, who will be a recurring character in our books.
Scary Story Prompts for Kids
With a range from Silly Scary Stories to Nightmare Scary Stories and a section of Cryptozoology, Scary Story Prompts for Kids has something for everyone of any age.
Holiday Story Prompts for Kids
Holiday Story Prompts for Kids features holidays from around the world and throughout the year. For this book, we added "Research Percy Penguin" to alert parents, teachers, and kids to stories that will need a bit more research on the country or culture surrounding the holiday.
Animal Story Prompts for Kids
Animal Story Prompts for Kids features animals from all over the world. Some kids know well, such as Simon the Seagull and Lance the Turtle, and some that will be new, in addition to some cryptozoological animals. These prompts can be used over and over again, and never will the story be the same.
*Thank you to OpenClipart-Vectors on pixabay.com for creating the images we have named "Percy Penguin."