First of all, I have to give a shout out to Rob Sanders, fellow PiBoIdMo participant, author, and elementary writing teacher. Way to pass it on, Rob! His website has so many great ideas for writing for adults and children. Here’s a link to his page: http://www.robsanderswrites.com/HOME.html If you are in need of a little inspiration, check it out! (Also, thanks to Rob for taking our questions to the editor-can’t wait to hear back!)
So back to the topic of historical fiction picture books…I’ve thought a lot about historical fiction today. Another really fantastic historical fiction picture book popped into my head this afternoon. Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall Thin Tale by Deborah Hopkinson is an adorable story about young Abe and his childhood friend who supposedly saved him from drowning. The writing and illustrations are superb. One of the greatest features of this book is the WAY in which the words are laid out on the page. They really add to the visual effect and overall theme of the story-definitely something to think about…I wonder how much control an author has over something like that? I think I need to ask Deborah Hopkinson! Check out her site: http://www.deborahhopkinson.com/ I definitely plan to order more of her books for the library. The trick to writing a really good historical fiction picture book is finding a small but significant story within a larger one and really bringing it to life. Also, telling the story from an unusual perspective can hook a reader. I am beginning to generate some good ideas…but I’ll never tell!