Nonfiction

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non·fic·tion - nänˈfikSHən/ noun 1. prose writing that is based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biography or history. -Dictionary.com 2013


Classes


The Children's Nonfiction Market: How to Break In How to Succeed Join Lionel Bender, author of more than 70 nonfiction children's books, in a webinar packed with guidelines, hints, and tips for breaking into this market and succeeding. It is based on Lionel Bender's successful 40-year career as an editor, author, and book packager of exclusively children’s illustrated nonfiction titles. Whether you’re new to children’s nonfiction or already active in this niche, this package will help you find work in this exciting, creative, and rewarding market.

Good Websites


The Children's Book Guild of Washington, D.C. has a list of great non fiction books, check it out! 

The Nerdy Book Club. A home to share that love of reading with others as well as to organize voting and announcing winners of our First Annual Nerdies Book Awards.


The Nonfiction Detectives. A great website by two librarians who review nonfiction children's books.



Celebrate Science - resources for teaching science and writing nonfiction



News

Lerner Books has an open call for nonfiction writers from underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds interested in doing work-for-hire. Deadline is Sept. 30, 2019.

Good Articles

Common Core State Standard, links- Kids Are Writers


Layer upon Layer: Building a Nonfiction Manuscript 

A Step by Step Guide to Conducting the Research Interview


Five Reasons Back Matter Matters in Nonfiction

Making Science Sing: Writing Creative Nonfiction about Science, for Kids

Four Tips on Finding Your Nonfiction Voice

Nonfiction Proposal Guidelines (for MG, YA)

Fiction to Nonfiction and the New Mashups in Between

Nonfiction of Olympic Proportions 


The Element of Surprise in Nonfiction Books


Celebrate Science: Behind the Books: The Nonfiction Family Tree

Annette Pimentel on Scaffolding the Past for Young Readers

Understanding and Teaching the Five Kinds of Nonfiction

7 Mistakes First-Time Nonfiction Authors Make

Behind the Books: What the Heck is Creative Nonfiction?

Expository Nonfiction


Melissa Stewart and Diversity in Thinking


Celebrate Science: Wait, that's not Broccoli, It's chocolate Cake!

Melissa Stewart: A Look at Expository Nonfiction

Nonfiction v. Informational Fiction: A Former School Librarian's View by Kathy Halsey

Research


Picture Books

Nonfiction Picture Books: 7 Choices


Writing a Nonfiction Picture Book in Just One Week 

Nonfiction in Picture Books, A Panel Discussion


Children's Picture Books: Swinging Toward Nonfiction

Melissa Stewart's tips on writing nonfiction picture books


Do Nonfiction Picture Books Always Have a Story Arc?

NF PB Journey: Picture Book Rubric

Five Elements of Text Structures by Suzy Leopold

Proposals


STEM

Celebrate Science: SCBWI Handout: Writing STEM Picture Books

Biographies

Must I Contact Descendants for Biography?


Invented Dialogue and the Conundrum of the Picture Book Biography (Betsy Bird)


The Biography Pie


Mining for Heart: "Writing a Picture Book Biography? So What?"


10 Things to Consider When Writing a Picture Book Biography

Mentor Texts


21st Century Nonfiction Conference: The Nonfiction Triumvirate Handout


Query Letters


How to Write a Nonfiction Children's Book Query Letter

Nonfiction Proposals: Marketing Plan

Resources

William and Mary Quarterly - historical scholarly magazine founded in 1892 covering early American history and culture. Searchable online.


Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago


Historical Fiction

8 Rules of Writing Historical Fiction Research


Historical Novels--Your Research To Do List

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