This delightful, picture book biography is up for an Oregon Book Award tonight. I’ll be in the audience clapping loudly for Barbara Kerley.
As a nonfiction writer myself, it has been gratifying to watch picture book biographies and history come into their own. Writers are pushing the form to greater excellence by using innovative formats and many of the techniques of fiction: scenes, voice, character, story arc, etc.
Interestingly, science books for kids have not innovated in the same way (with the exception of scientist profiles). I think it’s the next frontier and I plan to be there!
Recently I gave my agent a manuscript about extinction biology that melds a graphic novel format with more traditional nonfiction. I can’t wait to see what he says!
My divine critique group member, Elizabeth Rusch, celebrated the release of her newest picture book biography with a powdered wig!
For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart is a must read!
When she got to the part about how all of Maria’s original compositions have been lost, the audience and I teared up. Brilliant!
“The dancer and choreographer.
Together they created a ballet about a new home, a new family, a new life.
A dance about America.”
Such a lovely book. Dense with information yet light and lyrical to read. A delight!