Let’s say that you want to write a picture book about a historical event but you have only the briefest information available. What do you do?

You can follow the example of Barbara Krasner who wrote Goldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir’s First Crusade. She wrote a book on an incident from Golda’s childhood. Poor children couldn’t afford books so Golda helped raise money for them. Barbara’s only documented information was a newspaper clipping. She invented first person dialogue, which makes this book biographical fiction. But still a learning tool.

Sample: “Will the meeting come to order?” I announced to the girls crowded into our two-room Walnut Street apartment.”

What does this tell us about Golda? That she was a take-charge person.

That she lived in a crowded apartment.


Take any historical figure that interests you. Pick an event from that person’s life. Write a skit imagining the conversation that could have gone on during that event. Answer these questions: Who else was there? What did the event accomplish?

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Building for Summer

Summer is a great time for children to stretch their imaginations and construction skills by building forts and clubhouses. The new picture book Let’s Build by Sue Fliess and illustrated Miki Sakamoto celebrates those impulses.

let's build

Sue Fliess has made a name for herself through fast-paced,  rhyming picture books for the youngest readers.

Raise the walls up!

hoist that beam.

Real construction

takes a team!

Dreaming of building a fort yourself? Visit Wrapped in Foil blog for the rest of the review and some suggestions.