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Grades 4–5
Fantasy/SciFi, Narrative

Chesley’s Life

Marie, 826CHI

Marie is 10 years old and lives in Chicago. Marie likes to play with her Barbies and is really good at playing with her American Girl doll. She wishes she had all the Shopkins. If she could have any superpower, it would be to fly and appear anywhere. When Marie grows up, she wants to be famous for being best actress.

What Your Students Will Produce

From This Publication

This collection of zany, adventurous monster tales—penned by fourth and fifth grade students from Brentano Math & Science Academy in Chicago—invites you to walk within dark tunnels, through explosive science labs, and into strange forests to explore beastly worlds unknown. Each piece provokes, tantalizes, and surprises you... perhaps even makes you gasp—or shout—OMG! An 826CHI Young Authors' Book Project.

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Life Before and After Becoming President

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Grade 4
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An Ode to Tacos

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Poetry

This poem celebrates and mourns a taco.

Grades 4–5
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Queen Anne’s Lace

by Dahlia-Rose, 826NYC

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Poetry
STEM

A field guide to Queen Anne’s Lace and a day in the life from a flower’s perspective.

Grade 4
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Alan Going Hungry

by Alan, 826DC

Poetry

This poem describes the thoughts of hunger.

Grade 5
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The Worst Day Ever!

by Ana, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

A student learns an important lesson about staying calm while recounting a trip to Olive Garden that spiraled out of control!

Grade 4
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Meanwhile at the Bear Cave…

by Yaretzi, 826LA

Media
Narrative

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Grade 5
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How to Survive Fifth Grade

by Chelsea, 826NYC

Informational

An academically-inclined student passes on their favorite tips for having fun before fifth grade starts.

Grades 3–4
Writing
Mourning Cloak Butterfly

by Ciaran, 826NYC

Informational
Narrative
Poetry
STEM

A creative field guide to a Mourning Cloak butterfly who lives in New York City.

Grade 5
Writing
Me, Myself, and I

by Salma, Grade 5, 826 Boston

Poetry

A student reminds herself of the many ways she shines

Grades 1–6
Writing
How to Prank Your Mother

by Lina, 826 Valencia

Informational

A mischievous recipe calling for 3 tablespoons of candy, 10 gallons of not laughing, and 100 gallons of mother.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Spyman

by Jesús, 826 Valencia

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

In this superhero story, Spyman is on an important mission—saving donuts from becoming bagels!

Grades 5–6
Writing
Pickup Lines Cheesier Than Cheddar

by Uma, 826NYC

Poetry

A witty set of foolproof pickup lines.

Grades 4–5
Writing
The Story of the University of Pedro and Noel

by Noel, 826 Valencia

Narrative
Persuasive

The creation story of a new school, reimagined to improve learning. (Paid for by Taylor Swift with free water bottles, an Italian restaurant, a movie theater, and a comfortable and safe environment.)

Grades 5–6
Writing
The Programmer

by Milo, 826NYC

Narrative
STEM

A creative origin story in which a programmer simultaneously creates life and biology in a program.

Grade 4
Writing
I Am From

by Antoni L., 826DC

Poetry

In this poem, the author discusses their origins through metaphor.

Grade 5
Writing
Superheroes Rule

by Salimatou, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

Together, a princess with superpowers and an orphan-turned-sidekick must save the king and queen of kingdom Atarica!

Grades 4–5
Writing
If We Were In Charge

by Stefany Moreira, Vivi Small, Ana Rosas, Eugenia Rosas, and Jason Carrillo, 826NYC

Poetry

This poem describes a warmer, tastier world run by young people.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Our School

Ms. Lowe’s Fourth Grade Class at Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in Detroit, Michigan

Poetry

An example of a "Neighborhood Poem" created as a class as part of 826Michigan's Rare Air/Aire Raro Young Authors' Book Project.

Grade 5
Writing
Dance

by Elena, 826michigan

Poetry

Thinking of Cherry Coke lip gloss, community, and dancing, this narrator celebrates life from their front stoop.

Grade 4
Writing
Meanwhile at the Bear Cave…

by Alongkorn, 826 New Orleans

Media
Narrative

In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn that unlike wasabi gummies, there is no expiration date for making amends.

Grades 3–5
Writing
Animal Poem

by Mohamed F., 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem uses descriptive language to leave the reader clues about the animal it is depicting.

Grade 5
Writing
Once Upon a Time in the Crisis of 3016

by Matthew, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

Originally written and recorded as a podcast, these two unlikely heroes and the technological crisis of year 3016 will have you gripping the edge of your seat!

Grades 3–4
Writing
The Perfect School Where Nothing Goes Wrong

by Clara, 826 Valencia

Narrative

A detailed design for a new school that students would love, complete with outdoor spaces for tennis and ice-skating!

Grade 4
Writing
Why?

by Ava Tassinari, 826 Boston

Memoir
Narrative

A bullying incident on the school bus itches its way out.

Grades 4–5
Writing
WrestleMania 21-1

by Brayan Luna, 826michigan

Poetry

In this poem, a student vividly recounts watching The Undertaker perform a signature chokeslam on WrestleMania. Written in Spanish and English.

Grade 4
Writing
The Funniest Olive Ever

by Christian, 826 New Orleans

Poetry

This poem uses personification to introduce the audience to an olive and its cousin, Jeff.

Grades 1–6
Writing
A Rapper Legend

by Natalie, 826 Valencia

Informational

A recipe for how to create a legendary rapper.

Grade 5
Writing
Poem

by Abdinasir, 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem shares what someone might experience on Halloween.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Scarlet’s Adventures

by Penelope, 826 Valencia

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

In this superhero story, Super Duper Scarlet must save San Fran Superland from Doctor Nefario!

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Future is a Reflection of Yourself

by Angel Flores Vazquez, 826 Valencia

Fantasy/SciFi

This poem illustrates the effectiveness of descriptive language.

Grades 5–6
Writing
The Origins of Fries

by Kathryn, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative
Poetry
STEM

A very scientific origin poem about french fries, starting with an argument between the sun and the moon.

Grades 3–5
Writing
How to Escape Chocolate Quicksand

by Winta, 826DC

Informational

A concise but essential list of survival tips in the event of a sweet disaster.

Grade 5
Writing
I Wish / Deseo

by Javier, 826DC

Poetry

A student wishes for unexpected pops of color.

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Letter

by Ehmely, 826CHI

Informational

A crucial missive for anyone playing a high-stakes game of "Hide and Seek".

Grades 4–5
Writing
How Bullying Makes You Feel
by Cartoon Network

by Lux, 826NYC

Informational

A student reflects on their experiences with bullying and how they’ll take a stand in the future.

Grades 3–5
Writing
Timber Rattle Snake

by Abdikabir, age 8, 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem uses the 1st person point-of-view to show what life looks like for a timber rattlesnake.

Grade 5
Writing
The Miners

by Robert, 826CHI

Poetry

A poem that explores the struggles of mine workers.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Globes

by Meredith, 826michigan

Poetry

A poem about globe-sized dreams.

Grades 5–6
Writing
This is Just to Say

by Yanni, 826NYC

Poetry

This poem is written in the style of William Carlos Williams’ “This is Just to Say” and celebrates small acts of unapologetic joy.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Cheezy

by Madison, 826 New Orleans

Poetry

This poem leaves the reader descriptive clues to help them guess the mystery food.

Grades 3–5
Writing
How Dinosaurs Went Extinct

by Charlie, 826michigan

Informational
Narrative

A very scientific retelling of why dinosaurs went extinct.

Grade 4
Writing
The Walls are Plain

by Rechab T., 826DC

Poetry

This poem takes a surreal approach to describing a scene.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Relationship Poem

by Erriyanna, 826michigan

Poetry

An epic poem about a younger sister. English and Spanish versions included.

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Girl With the Sweater

by Jekaya, 826 Boston

Narrative

A student reflects on what it takes to stand up to bullies and speak up for others.

Grade 5
Writing
Saving Space

by Kelis, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

On the planet Mars, Zoe must defeat the supervillain Zygorn to avenge her family! Wait—was it all a dream?

Grades 4–5
Writing
Corn and Sun

by Olivia, 826NYC

Narrative
Poetry

An elegy for corn.

Grades 5–6
Writing
‘Salam, I Come in Peace’: Muslims Stand UP Against Islamophobia

by Marisa, 826NYC

Informational

A student reports on Islamophobia, using research and interviews to explore this mindset and its damaging repercussions.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Mi Casa and The Skatepark

by Ivan Newton Ponce, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This poem uses sensory details to describe the writer's favorite places.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Luna in the Battle for Preservation

by Vanessa, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A story about a mermaid named Luna and the epic battle to save Benzo, a rainbow-colored kingdom, using the power of love.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Ronald’s Redemption

by Levi, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

An origin story for healthy food, involving an epic battle between purveyor of high-fructose corn syrup, Ronald McDonald, and a heroic band of chefs.

Grade 4
Writing
10 Tips on How to Defend Someone Who is Being Bullied

by Giannyl Guerrero Cabral, 826 Boston

A practical list of ways anyone can stop bullying.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Worried

by Kevin J. Ortiz, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

A personal narrative about a trip to Ocean City, a lonely puppy, and sharing our fears with others.

Grade 4
Writing
Blue Stuff

by Elian de Leon, 826NYC

Poetry

A poem that focuses on color and translates it into sensory details.

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Weirdness of 1:00 A.M.

by Felix E., 826 Valencia

Narrative

A student's fear is conquered after a startling discovery.

Grade 5
Writing
Slow

by Sumaya, 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem uses analogies to describe different objects the writer would like to be.

Grade 4
Writing
On the Inside

by Maribel O.G., Grade 4, 826 Valencia

Narrative

In this story, a student gets to know a new teacher and discovers that things are not always as they seem.

Grade 5
Writing
Marvin and the Dream Monster

by Marvin, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A troubled young man ends up in another boy’s dreams.

Grade 5
Writing
I Wish / Deseo

by Jeffrey, 826DC

Poetry

In this "I Wish" poem, written in both Spanish and English, a student dreams of a more colorful world.

Grades 4–5
Writing
The Thing That Came from Above

by Joshua, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

Alien monsters and a young boy forge a friendship over a dramatic series of events.

Grades 5–8
Writing
The Great Achievement

by Marco, 826LA

Narrative
Playwriting

A screenplay about a plane crash and an epic journey to Mexico, with a twist!

Grades 1–5
Writing
Me, Myself, and I
by Cartoon Network

by Kevin, 826LA

Poetry

A letter from the author to the author on appreciating both the unconventional and conventional parts of oneself.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Owl Girl

by Athena, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Informational
Poetry
STEM

An "I Am From" superhero persona poem.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Eastern Gray Squirrel

by Reyes, 826NYC

Informational
Narrative
Poetry
STEM

A creative field guide to the eastern gray squirrel.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Cat Tweets

by Marisa, 826michigan

Fantasy/SciFi
Media
Narrative

A series of tweets about an adventurous cat named Marcus. #SuperCat #Meow

Grades 3–4
Writing
Memories Through the Ages

by Keila S.O., 826michigan

Poetry

An “I Am From” poem about growing up in Detroit.

Grades 3–4
Writing
Delicious Pepperoni Pizza / Pizza de Pepperoni Deliciosa

by Alexa, 826michigan

Poetry

A poem that tastes like pepperoni pizza.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Agent Smitty: The Athletic Astronaut

by Benny, 826 Boston

Fantasy/SciFi
Informational
Narrative

Inspired by Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this piece contains a series of journal entries and rules for a new sport by fictitious NASA operative Agent Smitty.

Grades 4–5
Writing
You’re the Chosen One

by Selene Freudenberg, 826michigan

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

This hero’s journey leads an unlikely suspect into a land of books with a plot-disrupting villain who must be destroyed in order to save a multitude of characters, including Harry Potter!

Grades 5–6
Writing
Seeing Snow

by Ramatoulie, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

A student shares memories of transitioning from Gambia to a new home in the United States, complete with a snowy encounter.

Grades 3–5
Writing
Three Poems Put Into One

by Yarely, 826michigan

Memoir
Poetry

A poem about grandma. English and Spanish versions included.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Tree Poem

by Simone, 826michigan

Poetry
STEM

A poem about appreciating trees and why we should study them.

Grades 3–5
Writing
I am Innocent: A Dragonbolt Story
by Cartoon Network

by Johny, 826 LA

Fantasy/SciFi
Media
Narrative

A riveting interview with Godzilla, Superman, and Dragonbolt—a cast of characters that will try to outdo one another before this TV special is up.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Mission: Life on Mars?

by Elaine, 826 Boston

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A diary entry reflecting on a secret mission to Mars!

Grades 3–4
Writing
My House/Mi casa

by Fatima, 826michigan

Memoir
Poetry

A list poem about a beautiful room and a beautiful family in both English and Spanish.

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Lonely Homeless Child
by Cartoon Network

by Kayla, 826LA

Narrative

This author reflects on an act of kindness to someone in need.

Grade 5
Writing
The Sky

Elsie, 826 New Orleans

Poetry

In this poem, a student celebrates individuality.

Grade 4
Writing
Breathe

by Juna, 826michigan

Poetry

A poem about taking the world in—and letting go.

Grade 4
Writing
My Future Self

by Will, 826michigan

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A student imagines life in the future.

Grades 4–5
Writing
My Full Yard

by Marisol, 826michigan

Poetry

A young girl's poem about all the life she sees in her yard. English and Spanish versions included.

Grade 5
Writing
What It Would Be Like In the Future! 2040

by Maia Sears, 826michigan

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

This student describes exciting things the future will bring, like elevators that can reach space!

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Obsidian Door

by Zaid Rodriguez, 826 Valencia

Fantasy/SciFi

This story immerses the reader in sensory details to tell the tale of what lies behind a mysterious door.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Sea Lettuce

by Talia, 826NYC

Informational
Narrative
STEM

A creative field guide to Sea Lettuce.

Grade 4
Writing
Summer

Ren, 826 New Orleans

Poetry

In this poem, a student explores what summer means to them.

Grade 5
Writing
The Spirit of Janet

by Natalie, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A spirit named Janet haunts a dance studio as five young dancers arm themselves with a vacuum, a bottle, and the internet.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Letter to Kiwi

by Naomi, 826michigan

Narrative

A (mostly) love letter to a kiwi with delicious imagery.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Memories Through the Ages

by Keila, 826michigan

Memoir
Poetry

An "I A From" poem. English and Spanish versions included.

Grades 3–4
Writing
How to Breed a Dragon

by Alfredo Enriquez-Aguilar, 826 Valencia

Poetry

Have you ever wanted to care for a dragon? This poem teaches you how.

Grade 5
Writing
Haikus

by Robert, 826CHI

Poetry

A collection of haikus spanning books and cosmology.

Grades 5–6
Writing
A New Life

by Joseline, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

A personal narrative about a teensie, tiny bit of jealousy for a new baby sister turning into love.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Sushi Plates and Crisp, Clean Paper

by Maria, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This student gives thanks to ordinary objects in an ode.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Cloud vs. Wind

by Daphne, 826 Valencia

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A girl named Chloe embarks on a heroic mission after discovering a new super-identity: Fluffy Justice!

Grades 5–6
Writing
The Acorn Avenger

by Jalen, 826NYC

Poetry
STEM

A series of superhero haiku inspired by engineering secret lairs.

Grades 4–5
Writing
The Story of the Wrecked Arm

by Violeta, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A monster's routine trip for tuna sandwich ingredients results in a broken arm!

Grade 5
Writing
The Story of Betty
by Cartoon Network

by Natalia, 826CHI

Narrative

A story told by her grandfather leads Betty on a journey where fiction and reality collide.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Beans, Rice, and Chicken

by Victor, 826 Valencia

Poetry

An ode to Beans, Rice, and Chicken.

Grades 3–5
Writing
Magical Jealousy
by Cartoon Network

by Alyssa, Kevin, Gustavo, Jocelyn, and Gabriel, 826LA

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

In science class, Victoria the Manticore makes fun of Carla the Witch for using magic, and a few bystanders step in to take a stand against bullying.

Grades 5–6
Writing
My Father’s Surprise

by Emmanuel, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

A personal narrative about a tender first sighting between brothers on a family trip to El Salvador.

Grade 5
Writing
The Story of Ivan Lane

by Kayamaghi, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A lab experiment goes wrong and a humble scientist must save Superhero Land from a super speedy villain!

Grades 5–6
Writing
Marshmallows

by Athena, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Poetry

In this poem, a student explores both the seen and unseen powers of a superhero.

Grade 5
Writing
George Washington’s Meal

by Eric, 826CHI

Narrative

This student recounts a fictional chat with George Washington about the American Revolution over a meal.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Stuffed Crust

by Victor, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This student gives thanks to ordinary objects in an ode.

Grade 4
Writing
Who Wants Love?

by Quinn, 826CHI

Narrative

A piece that explores the dynamic nature of love and might just become your next Valentine's Day card.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Earth

by Kaitlyn, 826NYC

Informational
Poetry
STEM

A creation myth reimagined in a poem.

Grades 5–6
Writing
The Thing that Changes My Life

by Liliana, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

This student’s heartbreaking personal narrative describes what it can feel like to have your parents get divorced.

Grade 4
Writing
L.A. Is Here For You!

by Caleigh, 826LA

Persuasive

A letter offering a concise yet compelling list of all that awaits in LA.

Grade 4
Writing
Meanwhile at Jump City School…

by Muawiye, 826 Boston

Media
Narrative

In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn that the act of inclusion begins with feeling empathy.

Grade 5
Writing
Feeling Trapped, Now Gone

by Claire, 826CHI

Poetry

A poem about “unfinding” what was known and learning to explore.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Annabeth and the Death-Eating Ghost

by L.M., 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

The story of a lonely ghost named Annabeth, a plan to kidnap children on Halloween, and an unlikely encounter that reveals the true nature of friendship.

Grades 3–5
Writing
Me

by Faisa, age 9, 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem writes from the perspective of a Prairie Shooting Star flower, detailing a day in its life.

Grade 5
Writing
Mighty and the Three Kids

by Oscar, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

The story of a lifetime—literally.