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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. 2013

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

Good Articles

Common Core State Standard, links- Kids Are Writers

Layer upon Layer: Building a Nonfiction Manuscript by Melissa Sweet  

Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Mentor Texts

A Step by Step Guide to Conducting the Research Interview

Nonfiction or Informational? What's the Difference

Five Reasons Back Matter Matters in Nonfiction

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

8 Rules of Writing Historical Fiction Research

Four Tips on Finding Your Nonfiction Voice

Melissa Stewart and Diversity in Thinking

Nonfiction Proposal Guidelines (for MG, YA)

Fiction to Nonfiction and the New Mashups in Between

Nonfiction of Olympic Proportions 

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


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?"

Mentor Texts

21st Century Nonfiction Conference: The Nonfiction Triumvirate Handout

Query Letters

How to Write a Nonfiction Children's Book Query Letter


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

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