On February 18th, our 7th grade students hosted their Book Launch with families and friends, where they had the opportunity to publish their own children’s book. This project was part of their literature class, and it was designed in a way they were able to learn and review the elements of storytelling, theme, dialogue, punctuation, and grammar. To prepare for this project, they read and analyzes a number of children’s books of our own library. Following, these students were required to create their own children’s story. Each story had to be a minimum of ten pages with at least three sentences per page, containing dialogue, and illustrations. They could source their illustrations from StoryBird.com or Google as long as they cited the illustrator or included a bibliography. Some students drew the illustrations themselves or asked other students to do so. Either way, this was a great lesson in the proper attribution of writing with illustrations. Finally, all students were required to print their books nicely and contribute them to the library. The result of this project is that every 7th grader in our school is now considered a published author! Better yet, these books are now in our library system, which makes them real, usable books for all our Elementary students!