Creative Writing for Children

Black and white drawing of a girl sleeping with an open book. Vines are growing from the open book.

Explore The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg is a fascinating and unusual book. It opens with an introductory letter from the author/illustrator himself, explaining the book’s origins. Following the letter, fourteen mysterious and haunting images are reproduced, each with a title and suggestive caption. Can you imagine the story surrounding the picture? 

Borrow the book: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is available for free with your library card from Hoopla Digital.

Share Your Story with Us!

Young children can share their stories with an adult, and older children can write their own! Submit your stories to Emily at emiranda@watertown-ma.gov to be featured on the library’s social media accounts.

Black and white illustration showing a boy sleeping with two glowing lights floating above his bed.

Black and white illustration showing a girl sleeping with an open book before here. Vines are sprout