I LOVE this Children's Book Unit... I've done this (in one way or another) with my students for many years and I love watching all my writer's go through the writing process and come away with a story that they are proud of and that reflects all their hard work.
This unit focuses on FORMAT, EMPATHY, ILLUSTRATIONS, PLOT, CHARACTERIZATION, ADULT APPEAL, and THEME. It is full of ideas, quotes, sentence starters, etc. It walks students through the process step by step by allowing opportunities to practice and reflect. It's the great way to wrap up the school year OR start a school year. Fun for all ages.
NOTE: PLEASE share the finished products of these books with younger students. It really is an amazing thing to see older kids reading to younger learners...