His name in print…

Tonight, story time was an event.

Phil, Olivia and I all climbed onto Jackson’s bed. Once we were comfortable, Jackson began to read his new book – and when I say “his,” I do mean “his!”

Yes – Jackson wrote this book himself!

My son is the author of a beautiful, hardcover, full-color, professionally printed book from Think It Ink It Publishing.

Okay – my son’s edition isn’t lining the bookstore shelves and we are the only family that will ever curl up and read about the adventures of Lukey and Freddie. But to a six year old boy, having the story he wrote professionally printed, with his name and photo on the cover, is seriously exciting!

And as the mom walking my son through the creative and “publishing” process, I am just as excited. It was a fantastic creative exercise for my son and it really got him interested in writing. And what better way to encourage him as he learns to read than for him to read a book he wrote himself!

So what exactly is Think It Ink It and how can you get your child writing their own book?

review-think-it-ink-it.jpg“Think It Ink It is a write-your-own story workbook for kids (completed in soft cover, and then online) that is transformed via the internet into a young author’s very own hard cover, professionally illustrated book. There are four blank wordless picture workbooks to choose from, all available from ThinkItInkItPublishing.com, with selections appealing to both boys and girls.”

Each hardcover book even comes complete with your child’s dedication, picture and author bio.

It is designed for children from ages four to twelve. Jackson is six and it worked wonderfully for him. He dictated his story to me and I wrote it in the workbook. He then helped me type it into the computer. And since he is learning to read, he actually can read his book himself! I can see Think It Ink It working well at each stage of learning – from the pre-reader who has their parent working with them, to the older child who independently creates their own masterpiece.

Out of all the products I have reviewed for children, this is one of the best I have ever seen! With Think It Ink It, children are encouraged, empowered, and excited to get creative and get writing!

Think It Ink It is an exercise in writing AND reading and therefore is full of benefits for children. How? Our books have no words. Without words to read, our writers have to be creative and use their imaginations to translate the pictures into words and stories that make sense.

This process is so packed with benefits, I can’t even list them all here! Kids are developing a wide range of literacy skills such as sequencing, story development, character development, interpretation, organizing, drafting, editing, cause and effect relationships, self expression, and so much more…

I can’t recommend Think It Ink It more highly! This is such a fabulous creative exercise for kids and the finished product is such great quality that your child will beam with pride (and you will hold on to it as a lifelong keepsake!)

Head over to Think It Ink It and get a child you know started on the road to publishing.

And don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Think It Ink It Publishing, which would allow you to order a soft cover workbook ($12.95) and then order the hard bound version ($29.95).

This contest is only open to US shipping addresses. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, February 1st. Please remember to check back then to see if you won and check your email (including your junk mail folder).


  1. says

    I have boys aged 7 and 9 who would LOVE this! They already write their own stories with pens and paper, but I think they’d be so proud of having something like this to show off!

  2. says

    Oh please please. My son is getting into writing his own stories (chapters) and is having a great time. This would be the perfect encouragement!

  3. Terra Heck says

    Wow, I love the concept of my child being able to turn his story into a book of his own. This would be a great win for my son.

  4. Margaret Smith says

    I love this idea! With two boys, one struggling with language arts, this is a super idea. Please enter me. Would really love this! Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. says

    My 6 year old daughter is always making books out of paper, she loves to write. This would be an incredible birthday gift for her next birthday. What a clever idea someone came up with. Thanks for offering this great giveaway.

  6. Tamara says

    As I type this my 11 year old daughter is currently working on a novel of her own, in a notebook scribbler, she would love to have her book published for real!

  7. says

    Please don’t enter me as my daughter is not quite old enough for this yet, but I just wanted to say that this is a fantastic concept! What a great way to get kids motivated about reading and writing!

  8. Cindi Hoppes says

    Hello, Thanks for showing me one of the most fun and innovative websites I have seen! Please enter my son in this contest. Your son looks so proud in his picture. Talk about a confidence booster. Cindi

  9. richard randazzo says

    My daughter would love this,she is always writing little stories for me and her mom to read.Enter me please.

  10. Michelle says

    This would be great for my son who is always inventing new superhero stories and drawings. He would FLIP for this! Great idea!

  11. says

    What a unique idea! I have a 6 year old son who LOVES to write stories (we have tons of them all over the house on printer paper, the backs of old papers, and in notebooks. This would be a great gift for my son.

  12. Terre says

    I was looking for something just like this at Christmas for my nephew. And I agree with a previous poster that this is much better than just adding their name to a storybook.

  13. says

    This is SUCH an awesome idea! I teach first grade, and wish I could afford to buy one of these for each of my students! Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. says

    HOW COOL! That is THE neatest thing! My daughter is writing books all the time! She loves to write and illustrate them and then read them to us. I would LOVE to surprise her with the ultimate gift of her very own published book!
    Oh!!! I hope I win!!!! this has to be one of THE best contests ever!

  15. says

    WOW! How awesome is this! The pride a child would have in reading their very own book. This is a must do project for my 6 yr-old and me! She loves to read books, I’m sure she would write a book about her puppies–stuffed puppies that is. Thanks for sharing this info!

  16. says

    What a wonderful idea. Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to do that with my four year old today!

    I do something similar as a wahm for mom’s and have done some stuff with my kids, but this is really cool using an illustrated book that you tell the story too…how fun, and if you ever are interested in publishing his artwork and stories..give me a buzz…www.storybooker.com

  17. says

    what a great prize! They also make great gifts for grandparents especially if they write the books about the particular grandparent – what I love about Nana – What I love about Pop Pop etc!!!

  18. says

    my oldest daughter would LOVE this!!! My husband and I have done a book for her at a local copy place and it is one of her favorites. It would be so cool to have a hard cover version!

  19. Kristal says

    I always liked writing children’s stories, and now I have my 3 year old daughter that likes to listen to them. I would love to win this and see one of my stories made into a book.

  20. Ann Marie Walker says

    Excellant prize. My daughter loves to write and is always taking notebooks and writting her own stories. She would love it.

  21. P. Harmon says

    My daughter has written so many cool stories, it is her dream to have a book published. This is one great prize for sure.

  22. Mariann Hudson says

    Wow, this would be a great gift for one of my children!! Such a great idea! Thank you for the opportunity!!


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