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"Celebrated authors share essays that describe a critical part of the informational writing process that is often left out of classroom instruction, helping students to craft rich, unique prose"-- ...more
Unknown Binding, 190 pages
Published November 2020 by National Council of Teachers of English
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Lesley Burnap
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Finished this several months ago but just getting around to jotting something here. I appreciate the NF authors sharing their reasons for writing NF-their love, purpose, and mission-to encourages other writers, teacher and students of all ages! A much beloved resource that this elementary school teacher will use and share with colleagues and students. Thank you to Melissa Stewart for collecting and editing these fabulous essays on writing NF.
Katie
Are you an adult writer wanting to try your hand at children's non-fiction writing?
Are you an educator wanting to engage your students and help them find joy and self-expression in writing non-fiction?

Guess what?
This is for anyone wanting to write non-fiction that's accessible for children.

There are essays exploring how to create personal connections to the topic, essays on how to research, and so much more. 50 writers shared their experiences and they come from varying backgrounds and previous
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Darlene Ivy
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An interesting and friendly intro to so many kidlit writers and their process. Geared to helping teachers use nonfiction in the classroom and encourage student writing. A great source of interesting titles.
Kellee Moye
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Full review: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=2...

I was star struck seeing all of the authors who had contributed! I was lucky enough to be at the presentation that this book’s seed of an idea started, so when I heard about this book, I knew it would be a book I would need!

This book is all about moving nonfiction writing to an authentic experience. The book is broken into 3 sections to help guide writing instruction:

Choosing a Topic
Finding a Focus
Making is Personal
Within each section there ar
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Julie
Sep 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource for teachers and nonfiction writers. Fifty authors give the stories behind their books and writing - how they dig deep to inject a part of themselves into every book they write. This is fulfilling for the author, and makes their books inspiring and compelling for the reader. Chapters are about finding a topic, choosing a focus and making it personal (putting your heart into it). Great overviews for each chapter by editor Melissa Stewart that tie all the individual essays to ...more
Debbie Baker
Feb 27, 2022 rated it it was ok
Disappointing - was really excited by the concept but it wasn't quite pulled off. A small portion of the essays were insightful, but overall a disappointment. Very little insight into their writing process, and WAY too many of the essays were repetitive. I am fine with people selecting topics to give attention to historically excluded groups. But I don't need 20 essays on that same thing. ...more
Nancy
Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a cool book. Authors divulge their writing motivation and process. Teachers learn from professionals how to guide their students to be able to write authentic nonfiction that matters to them and is interesting to read. Not just research reports spitting back other writers' ideas. ...more
Angie Quantrell
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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A great resource of why and how nonfiction writers write what they do. Very interesting.
Denise
Nov 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great resource for teachers and those interested in writing in the field of children's nonfiction. ...more
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