Book Review: I’m Going to Write! Upper Case Letters

I’m Going to Write! Upper Case Letters
By Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by Yukiko Kido
Sterling Workbook Edition, 2007
Ages 4-6

School may be out, but that doesn’t mean I want The Five-Year-Old to lose ground when it comes to her new-found reading and writing skills. Not having fixed plans for most mornings this summer means that I can let The Five-Year-Old have extra reading time before bed without worrying that it’s cutting in on her sleep. And it just so happens that her favorite thing to do in that time is practice her writing.

Inside page of I Can Write!

This book is great for that sort of self-directed learning.  The goal for each page is simple: Learn to write the letter, first by tracing it, then by writing it on your own. The instructions are clear and consistent from page to page, which means The Five-Year-Old knows what she needs to do in each section, without having Mommyo pop up the stairs all the time to guide her.

I’m Going to Write! features plenty of room for The Five-Year-Old to write and simple, bright and engaging illustrations to hold her attention as she does it. All of which keeps The Five-Year-Old turning page after page, practicing her writing in complete contentment (and learning to spell a few words along the way).

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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2 Responses to Book Review: I’m Going to Write! Upper Case Letters

  1. This is great! I have a friend who homeschools her children and she has a three year old, so I’ll mention this books/guide to her.


    • Shala Howell says:

      Wow. Homeschooling multiple children? I’m not really brave enough to school the one. I see myself as more of an education supplementer. Educational supplement?

      Ahem. Regardless, this series is great. I found it in the kids section at Barnes & Noble, where I’m sure your friend is already spending a great deal of time, as they have all kinds of educational workbooks for grades Pre-K through (at least) 6.


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