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.
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.
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.
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.
Make Believe Ideas | 4+
This vibrant book provides a fun and engaging way to learn the alphabet, perfect for taking little ones from A to Z in no time. Bursting with alphabet-themed activities and a wipe-clean pen, children can practise writing letters and will learn letter sounds. Each page is presented in a die-cut shape of the corresponding letter, making this an appealing and useful book that will also help kids develop their hand-eye coordination.
Lisa Holt | 4+
Help children learn joined-up handwriting with this wipe-clean book. Discover exactly where the joins and breaks are so letters can be formed neatly and efficiently. With cursive words and sentences to copy and trace, including plenty of high-frequency words, this book is sure to capture the attention of young writers.
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.
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!
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.
Primary school pupils can perfect their penmanship with this fantastic book. With a wipe-clean surface and a pen to practise with, they'll be able to write and rewrite without worrying about their mistakes, and develop their handwriting skills in a fun and rewarding way.
Jenny Ackland | 5+
In this 2-book series, kids aged 5-7 can complete fun activities and develop their handwriting skills at home. The books include a variety of tasks, including filling in missing letters and copying. Children will learn to establish a comfortable pencil grip, write well-formed letters efficiently, leave appropriate gaps between words and have lots of fun in the process. Plus, there are plenty of funky stickers included to keep kids motivated!