Tanya spoke last year as part of our Author-Educator series. Her talk focused on how to build nonfiction stories while staying strictly true to the the research. It was an extension of an earlier essay she wrote for Horn Book A Fine, Fine Line: Truth in Nonfiction. We captured her comments in this article Combining Passion and Research for Compelling Nonfiction.
Tanya writes often on the topic of creating nonfiction for young people. She was a blogger for several years on I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids). You can read background on some of her earlier books there. For example, surrounding creation of her award winning Courage Has No Color:
- Courage Has No Color (Publication)
- Nuances of Oral History - collecting stories for Courage Has No Color. Also possibly of interest, this sample middle grade oral history lesson plan found via Steve Sheinkin who used oral histories to construct the dialogue in his new book Port Chicago 50
- Visual Storytelling Part 1
- Visual Storytelling Part 2
- Are we there yet? a post on the question of how far along she is in her latest book (which may or may not have been Courage Has No Color but it's a general reflection)
- Steps in wrapping up Courage Has No Color pre-publication