Brainstorm!

Written by Rebecca Gardyn Levington
Illustrated by Kate Kronreif
Cover credit: illustrator Kate Kronreif
and designer Felicia Macheske
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: August 3, 2022
ISBN-13: 9781534111486
ISBN-10: 1534111484

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When it’s time to write in class, one child feels like she has absolutely nothing to say. But suddenly—ker-plink!—one drop, one tiny thought, hits her. Before long, she’s caught in a shower of funny phrases, a whirlwind of adjectives and verbs, and a downpour of huge ideas. BOOM, CRASH! It’s a gigantic brainstorm of creativity for her to soak up and play in! 

BRAINSTORM! is targeted to children in grades K-3, who are beginning to learn how to shape and sharpen their idea-generation and storytelling skills. It includes writing prompts and a glossary to help parents, teachers, and librarians encourage kids to have fun playing with new ideas.

BRAINSTORM! Teacher’s Guide
Activity Pages

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Written by Rebecca Gardyn Levington
Illustrated by Kate Kronreif
Cover credit: illustrator Kate Kronreif
and designer Felicia Macheske
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: August 3, 2022
ISBN-13: 9781534111486
ISBN-10: 1534111484

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Praise for Brainstorm!

“…written as poetry in motion…Levington’s accessible, rhyming text captures the frustration and joys of writing without becoming didactic….VERDICT A great trip through a literal brainstorm that will leave readers inspired to put pen to ­paper (or fingers to keys). This b­elongs in most libraries.”

School Library Journal

“…The metaphor nicely captures the creative process–from the frustration of waiting for inspiration to the anticipation of something gathering in the distance to the sought-after deluge of ideas […] Entertaining reassurance and lighthearted encouragement for those tough first moments of putting pencil to paper”

Kirkus Reviews

“This sweet book will help open up creative young minds…Rebecca Gardyn Levington has written a story that is sure to show kids ways to not let intimidation rule their writing lives. She does it with clever rhyming and wordplay….This is a winner. 5 stars!”

The Portland Book Review

“Sentences, phrases, and rhymes follow from [the main character’s] soul and the reader’s experience as inspiration takes place, connected to the weather. …[A] whimsical account of creativity and storms of inspiration.”

Midwest Book Review

“As one who struggled with on-the-spot writing as a student, this inventive poem picture book speaks to me. BRAINSTORM! will be a dream for writing teachers and an inspiration for young writers!”

Renée LaTulippe, poet and author of The Crab Ballet

“Bouncy, breezy rhymes, playful typography, and bucketloads of ELA classroom tie-ins, are sure to engage the reader and unleash a tornado of ideas.”

Diana Murray, author of the Unicorn Day series

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