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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Looking for an NF mentor text
« Last post by JulieM on November 15, 2021, 03:07 PM »
Probably Melissa Stewart too. She writes in many styles. I think her new Fourteen Monkeys fits the bill.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Looking for an NF mentor text
« Last post by Vijaya on November 15, 2021, 02:30 PM »
Check out some of April Pulley Sayre's books. Also Amy Krouse Rosenthal's. Oh and Lita Judge's too. And our own Deb Schumaker's :)
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Picture Books (PB) / Looking for an NF mentor text
« Last post by Meghan Wilson Duff on November 15, 2021, 01:53 PM »
Does anyone have a favorite nonfiction mentor text recommendation that has a lyrical component (with an informational POV) and then layers of expository text?

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I had no idea - thank you Rebecca!  I'll definitely look her up to see if she has any upcoming opportunities!
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Writing decodable texts
« Last post by RebeccaL-G on November 15, 2021, 06:52 AM »
Anastasia Suen has taught online classes on writing decodable text for the educational market.
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If the NM SCBWI does the Ed Publishing webinar series next year, you should look into it. Re: working for book packagers. :)

Thank you, Meghan!!
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Glad ALL IN A DROP has been helpful! The publisher, HMH (now Clarion), calls these "middle grade" which at first I confused with middle school ages. But the reading level and word count is targeted a bit lower, more for 4th-6th grades. My second chapter book bio (A SPORTING CHANCE) was with the same editor and is closer to 10,000 words. And I have two more coming out with Clarion in the 7000-10,000 range (still for the 4th-6th grade readers).
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Thanks all.  "All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World" and "CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER" are both wonderful books and pretty close to what I am working on.   The text to my book keeps creeping upward so I think I have a MG Chapter Book about the size of Lori's book.  My book has a lot of interesting related facts and diversions which might go into the pages as side notes.
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Yes, Frederick (thanks for liking my book), my CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER is still a picture book bio. When you get into bios for older kids, there may still be illustrations, but the text isn't part of them like in a pb. The illustrations might be a sidebar or a separate page or to start a chapter. Oh, that's another difference. Books for older kids have chapters.
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The Amazon blurb says PB bio. A Google search can tell you if everyone lists it that way. It's 48 pages, so I'm betting they do.
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