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Nonfiction with a Twist!

Craft Strategies for Making Nonfiction Writing Sing

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Nonfiction doesn't have to be mean NonFun! Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney has spent her career creating engaging nonfiction for kids and now she's sharing her secrets with you.

In this 45-minute presentation from Picture Book Summit 2015, Andrea shares where she gets her ideas and how she takes them from history lesson to engaging stories for young readers through word choice and creative point of views.

You'll never look at nonfiction the same again after Andrea shares her writing process and reads some of her best work.


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Andrea Davis Pinkney
Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and nonfiction.

She is the author of several notable titles, including the novels Bird in a Box and the forthcoming With the Might of Angels, a book in the Dear America series. Andrea has also written the illustrated books Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, a Parents’ Choice Award winner; Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride, a 2010 Jane Addams Honor Book and School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, which also won the Carter G. Woodson Award for historical works for young people; Duke Ellington, a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book; and Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation, a featured selection on Oprah and Friends radio.

Additionally, Andrea is a publishing executive, who has held key positions at several publishing companies. She was named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, a publication for Black professionals, and was selected as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health Magazine.

Andrea lives in New York City with her husband and frequent collaborator, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, and their two children.


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