Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Writing Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. There and Back: Photographs from the Edge


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021

The Academy Award – winning director of Free Solo and National Geographic photographer presents the first collection of his iconic adventure photography, featuring some of the greatest moments of the most accomplished climbers and outdoor athletes in the world, and including more than 200 extraordinary photographs. Filmmaker, photographer, and world-class mountaineer Jimmy Chin goes where few can follow to capture stunning images in death-defying situations. There and Back draws from his breathtaking portfolio of photographs, captured over twenty years during cutting-edge expeditions on all seven continents—from skiing Mount Everest, to an unsupported traverse of Tibet's Chang Tang Plateau on foot, to first ascents in Chad’s Ennedi Desert and Antarctica’s Queen Maud Land. Along the way, Chin shares behind-the-scenes details about how he captured such astounding images in impossible conditions, and tells the stories of the legendary adventurers and remarkable athletes he has photographed, including Alex Honnold, the star of his Academy Award–winning documentary film Free Solo ; ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers; snowboarder Travis Rice; and mountaineers Conrad Anker and Yvon Chouinard.  These larger-than-life images, coupled with stories of outsized drive and passion, of impossible goals with life or death stakes, of partnerships forged through incredible hardship, are sure to inspire wonder and awe.

  • Author: Jimmy Chin
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (November 16, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1984859501
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 inches

                 

2. Burn After Writing (Pink)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021

The national bestseller.   Write. Burn. Repeat. Now with new covers to match whatever mood you’re in. "This book has made me laugh and cry, filled me with joy, and inspired me." - TikTok user camrynbanks Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, TikTok, VSCO, YouTube...the world has not only become one giant feed, but also one giant confessional. Burn After Writing allows you to spend less time scrolling and more time self-reflecting. Through incisive questions and thought experiments, this journal helps you learn new things while letting others go. Imagine instead of publicly declaring your feelings for others, you privately declared your feelings for yourself? Help your heart by turning off the comments and muting the accounts that drive you into jealousy for a few moments a night. Whether you are going through the ups and downs of growing up, or know a few young people who are, you will flourish by finding free expression--even if through a few tears! Push your limits, reflect on your past, present, and future, and create a secret book that's about you, and just for you. This is not a diary, and there is no posting required. And when you're finished, toss it, hide it, or Burn After Writing.

  • Author: Sharon Jones
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group (October 27, 2020)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0593329917
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.37 x 8 inches

                 

3. Merriam-Webster's Pocket Dictionary, Newest Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021

This little jewel of a dictionary is a perfect size for quick, on-the-go language reference. It offers 40,000 entries with clear, concise definitions. This dictionary can be a handy tool to help with homeschooling and remote learning and can be used in Texas STAAR testing classrooms. It includes variant spellings, pronunciations, and a list of abbreviations. With dimensions of 3 1/2" wide and 5 3/4" high, this flexi paperback fits almost any pocket.

  • Author: Merriam-Webster
  • Publisher: Nekoosa; Newest edition (November 11, 2015)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0877795308
  • Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 10.9 inches

                 

4. My First Book of Pencil Control : Practice Pattern Writing (Full Color Pages)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021

A perfect fun activity book designed for early learners to develop pencil control and motor skills. By following the arrows and tracing the dotted lines, the little scholars can complete the tracing exercises and creative activities leading to development of their early writing skills. The child will also learn to identify, write and revise straight, curvy, zig zag lines and multiple patterns. The book is also an excellent first step to prepare for school.

  • Author: Wonder House Books
  • Publisher: Wonder House Books (April 25, 2018)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-9387779310
  • Dimensions: 0.59 x 8.5 x 11.02 inches

                 

5. The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About their Bodies in Pictures and Words


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021

An award-winning photographer asked several children "What is the best part of you?", and presents their answers in this sometimes funny, sometimes moving, deeply personal book that includes striking black-and-white photographs taken by the author. Ideal for parents and teacher to use to discuss body image, self-esteem, and diversity with children.

  • Author: Wendy Ewald
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-0316703062
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches

                 



6. Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read. This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan , is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect." This paperback edition includes a foreword by two-time Newbery winning author Kate DiCamillo. Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter. E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books. Whether enjoyed in the classroom or for homeschooling or independent reading, Charlotte's Web is a proven favorite.

  • Author: E. B. White
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Reprint edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0064400558

                 

7. Cursive Handwriting Workbook for Teens: A cursive writing practice workbook for young adults and teens (Beginning Cursive Workbooks)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021

Ultimate writing success - Guided Cursive Handwriting Workbook for Tweens/Teens/Young Adults to work on their writing penmanship skills On Sale for a Limited Time Only! Get your copy today! Practice Tracing Positive Affirmations & Inspiring Quotes to instil a sense of well being, Poems & Speeches to Inspire as you work on mastering cursive! Get plenty of practice with this Cursive Penmanship Workbook with 100+ pages of practice starting with writing the alphabet and progressing to writing words & sentences. This workbook is for tweens, teens and young adults who are looking to build cursive writing skills. Get over 100 pages of practice supported by easy illustrated dot to dot method to make learning cursive fun and easy. The book starts with the basic alphabet to develop the required muscle memory and progressively advances to writing using a smaller letter size. It builds an understanding of how to form each cursive letter correctly and connect them. This book takes the writer on a skill building journey of Tracing the cursive letters Connecting two, three and four letter words in cursive Writing simple sentences in cursive The included thoughtful quotes and motivational sentences give a great foundation for writing cursive while helping teens and young adults explore new concepts Buy this today to begin a journey into the beautiful world of cursive handwriting. On sale currently - Under $10

  • Author: Sujatha Lalgudi
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 14, 2019)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1080543175
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches

                 

8. Into the Wild


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021

Krakauer’s page-turning bestseller explores a famed missing person mystery while unraveling the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. "Terrifying... Eloquent... A heart-rending drama of human yearning." — New York Times In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How Christopher Johnson McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild . Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and, unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled McCandless.  When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity, and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.

  • Author: Jon Krakauer
  • Publisher: Anchor Books; 1st edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Genre: History, Americas
  • ISBN: 978-0385486804
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.54 x 7.98 inches

                 

9. Don't Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned (Don't Know Much About Series)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021

The latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Don't Know Much About® series -- a magical journey into the timeless world of mythology It has been fifteen years since Kenneth C. Davis first dazzled audiences with his instant classic Don't Know Much About® History , vividly bringing the past to life and proving that Americans don't hate history, they just hate the dull, textbook version they were fed in school. With humor, wit, and a knack for storytelling, Davis has been bringing readers of all ages up to speed on history, geography, and science ever since. Now, in the classic traditions of Edith Hamilton and Joseph Campbell, he turns his talents to the world of myth. Where do we come from? Why do stars shine and the seasons change? What is evil? Since the beginning of time, people have answered such questions by crafting imaginative stories that have served as religion, science, philosophy, and popular literature. In his irreverent and popular question-and-answer style, Davis introduces and explains the great myths of the world, as well as the works of literature that have made them famous. In a single volume, he tackles Mesopotamia's Gilgamesh, the first hero in world mythology; Achilles and the Trojan War; Stonehenge and the Druids; Thor, the Nordic god of thunder; Chinese oracle bones; the use of peyote in ancient Native American rites; and the dramatic life and times of the man who would be Buddha. Ever familiar and instructive, Davis shows why the ancient tales of gods and heroes -- from Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, from ancient Rome to the icy land of the Norse -- continue to speak to us today, in our movies, art, language, and music. For mythology novices and buffs alike, and for anyone who loves a good story, Don't Know Much About® Mythology is a lively and insightful look into the greatest stories ever told.

  • Author: Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (December 10, 2009)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History

                 

10. Where the Wild Things Are


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Writing Reference - August 2021

Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf. This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat... Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art.  Mary Pols of  Time  magazine wrote that "what makes Sendak's book so compelling is its grounding effect: Max has a tantrum and in a flight of fancy visits his wild side, but he is pulled back by a belief in parental love to a supper 'still hot." Generations have shared this beautiful picture book, and children of all ages will want to return to it again and again. New York Public Library's #4 book on the list of "Top Check Outs of All Time" One of the National Education Association's "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" The top picture book in  School Library Journal's  survey of its readers  Maurice Sendak was also the creator of such classics as  In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There ,  Higglety Pigglety Pop!,  and  Nutshell Library .

  • Author: Maurice Sendak
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 1, 1984)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • Dimensions: 10.06 x 0.25 x 9 inches