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Just the Facts: On Researching Your Nonfiction Children’s Book (Webinar Recording)


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Children’s writers creating nonfiction must possess a thorough understanding of the crucial role quality research plays in the work. The writer’s job is to craft an engaging and enlightening book, relying on the most credible source material available with the knowledge that a robust editorial process will put his or her results to the test.

This webinar recording explores best practices for researching children’s nonfiction, covering the basics of

  1. Getting familiar with today’s nonfiction-for-kids landscape
  2. Choosing a topic
  3. Setting up a research plan
  4. Finding and vetting relevant source material
  5. Determining the depth and breadth of information to include
  6. Preparing for editorial scrutiny

Lisa L. Owens is the editor of hundreds of books for all ages and the author of nearly 100 children’s titles. Her most recent nonfiction book is Attack on Pearl Harbor (Lerner, 2018). Visit her online at,, and

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