Wondrous Words


  • Katie Ray


Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom was published by the National Council of Teachers of English in 1999 and went on to become one of their best-selling books ever. The book explores the complex relationship between reading and writing and the implications of this for teaching practice. Filled with examples of the craft of writing found in children's literature, the book gave readers “new eyes” and taught them how to look at texts as teachers of writing. In this article, the author of Wondrous Words, Katie Ray, combines her voice with the voices of more than twenty of her colleagues and reflects on the influence the book has had in the larger professional conversation about the teaching of writing.