Fall Lecture Series: "Collecting, Sorting, Whittling Down"

Category: Educational

Event Date:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


National Museum of the Great Lakes
1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605

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Collecting, Sorting, Whittling Down: Researching and Writing Nonfiction Children’s Books by Aimée Bissonette, author of Miss Colfax’s Light

Nonfiction writers love researching, it’s true. And good researching skills are essential – even when writing something as “simple” as a picture book. Kids are discerning readers. They crave information. Teachers need good nonfiction books for their classrooms, too. Where real people and real events are involved, there is no room for error.

Join author Aimée Bissonette for an interactive discussion about researching and writing nonfiction books for young readers like Miss Colfax’s Light, her picture book about legendary Great Lakes lighthouse keeper Harriet Colfax, and Aim for the Skies, her newest picture book about Ohio’s own Jerrie Mock, who raced another pilot in 1964 in an attempt to become the first woman to fly solo around the world. We’ll talk about the joy of finding first person, primary source material that can be incorporated into a story, making it richer; the need to research illustration details for the book’s artist (because picture book illustrations tell the story as much as the text); and the work involved in whittling all that great research down so it can fit into a 32-page illustrated book that kids actually want to read!

Lectures are included in the cost of museum admission. Registration is Required.

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