Nonfictionary - Bookology Magazine Children's Literature Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:26:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 69996714 What Gets Left Out Thu, 13 Feb 2020 13:00:06 +0000

In my three decades as a professional author, I’ve written about many intriguing, accomplished people: the Wyeth family of artists, painter Georgia O’Keeffe, abolitionist Lucretia Mott, author Peter Mark Roget, poets William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore, self-taught artist Horace Pippin, inventor Louis Braille, and most recently Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. In every case, I’ve focused my research on the words and the work of the subject themselves and have created what I hope are poetic and accessible books about these important men and women for young readers.… more ]]> 4 21154
What is Research, Really? Tue, 28 May 2019 14:05:03 +0000

From an ELA point of view, “research” is something you do to gather information for a report or project. But if you’re a scientist, research has a whole different meaning. It’s a way of developing a new understanding of the world and how it works. Every once in a while, my husband and I have a conversation about why two seemingly different pursuits have the same name.… more ]]> 0 19719
Aging Down, Aging Up Wed, 01 May 2019 20:27:25 +0000

Back when my kids were little, I started work on a nonfiction SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) series called the “Best Behavior” series. More than a decade later, these board books and paperbacks are still going strong, I’m happy to say. Titles in the series include Teeth Are Not for Biting, Voices Are Not for Yelling, and Worries Are Not Forever.… more ]]> 0 19570
Pairing Verse with Nonfiction Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:58:09 +0000

Why write nonfiction in verse? If you do, is it still nonfiction? Good questions in a time when genres are expanding. I’ve used verse in two nonfiction stories: a picture book, Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph, and a book for ages ten and up, Siege: How Washington Kicked the British out of Boston and Launched a Revolution (Candlewick Press).… more ]]> 0 19482
Five Things I Learned Writing My First Picture Book Biography Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:00:56 +0000

You would think that being friends with Tanya Lee Stone would mean I wrote lots of nonfiction. But the truth is, until I decided to try and write a biography of Rube Goldberg, I stayed far away from this genre. As a reader, I loved it. As a friend, I learned so much reading Tanya’s work—not just about the facts—but about the foundations of storytelling.… more ]]> 0 19313