Writing Nonfiction for Kids & Teens: 7 Articles That Show You How

May 9, 2019 | Nonfiction, Picture Books

Nonfiction matters! Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need it. Nonfiction connects our children to the world. Stories about real people, real places, and really interesting world events are more important now than ever. But how do you begin to write page-turning nonfiction for kids and teens? How do you know if this genre is right for you? Read on–and consider joining us for our Summer Camp in Writing Nonfiction for Children & Teens.


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