Top 10 Best Handwriting Books for Kids

Learning to write is a vital step in every child's education, and these books are sure to help young writers master this sometimes tricky skill. See below for the best handwriting books for kids, ordered by target age.

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1. Start School with Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Writing

Jean Adamson | 3+

Join delightful duo Topsy and Tim in this fun, wipe-clean activity book, perfect for children who are starting to learn the alphabet. Each letter is shown with a picture (such as 'A for Apple') and two rows of letters drawn in dotted lines that children can trace with the special pen included in the book. The book also includes left-handed options, shown in blue.

2. Peppa Pig: Practise with Peppa: Wipe-Clean First Writing

Ladybird | 3+

Little ones can join their favourite pig pal in this lovely wipe-clean book. They can trace over key handwriting patterns, move on to forming first numerals and letters, and then attempt some simple words. Great for giving little writers a head-start at school, they'll be able to practise pen control and learn the correct formation of letters, including help for left-handers. Plus, a free pen is included

3. Handwriting Practice Series

Lyn Wendon | 3-7

These write-in activity books are great for helping children progress from tracing their first letters to independently writing. The books include fun activities, letter templates, both printed and joined-up writing, and practice on forming whole sentences.

4. Complete Handwriting Practice 

Lisa Holt | 3+

Using the friendly faces from the Letterland books, this handwriting practice book helps children easily move through the stages of learning to write. From teaching children to how to recognise the correct strokes for print letters all the way through to writing cursive, joined-up handwriting, this workbook is the ultimate guide for little learners. 

5. Handwriting Reception - Year 2 Workbook

Amanda McLeod | 4+

This handwriting book covers ages 4-7 which means it's the perfect workbook for Reception and Key Stage 1. It acts as a companion to the Scholastic English Skills: Handwriting teacher resource if your child is using this in school or it can be used as a workbook for home.

6. Ladybird Homework Helpers: Handwriting Wipe-Clean Book

Ladybird | 5+

This hugely useful book will help kids to practise and improve their handwriting skills on the wipe-clean spreads. With a pen included, kids can get stuck in straight away, drawing common letter shapes and practising writing first words on the vibrant pages. A comprehensive parent note is provided to help you both get the most out of the book, and there's also advice to help left-handers write certain letters correctly.

7. Cursive Handwriting

Lisa Holt | 5+

Cursive writing can be tricky to master, but with this bright book, kids will be able to write with confidence and speed. They can find out precisely where the joins and breaks are and follow simple, step-by-step instructions to produce cursive writing they'll be proud of!

8. CGP Handwriting Targeted Practice Books

CGP Books | 5+

These fun handwriting practice books are a great way for pupils to practise forming letters and writing neatly. The series begins with lines, shapes and patterns, moves onto letters and then onto words and sentences, from year 1 to year 4.

9. English - Handwriting Age 5-7 

Collins UK | 5+

This workbooks for Key Stage 1 uses the exciting animal kingdom to engage children in their handwriting work. By taking them on a journey through various interesting animals, they complete activities which will see them build on their handwriting skills over time. With a logbook to record progress and a test to check understanding included, this book is the ultimate handwriting resource for children aged 5-7.

10. Beauty and the Beast: Handwriting Practice (Age 6-7) 

Scholastic | 6+

If your kids can't get enough of Disney magic then they can learn to write with Belle in this fun Beauty and the Beast-inspired workbook. Children ages 6-7 can learn how to write and join up letters will soon be writing whole sentences while also having the chance to read over 40 stories starring Belle and her friends!