Today’s focus as we’re drawing to the end of our 3-week writing marathon is to research and write the Author’s Note you want to include at the back of your nonfiction picture book.
Start by reading the Author’s Note in the back of your mentor text. Some of these can be quite long spanning several pages and some are very succinct with just a half-page of text to fill in the gaps so a teacher or parent can talk with their child more in-depth about your topic.
With this big of a variety, you can feel safe by using your mentor text as your guide. In fact, when you write the cover letter for submitting this picture book to a publisher, you can mention that your book is similar in structure to your mentor text and include it’s title. This will give the editor a frame of reference.
So today’s the day to start working on your Author’s Note. You might have to dig up new research to fill in the gaps on your topic or you might be able to glean everything from research you’ve already done. Whichever is the case, you’ll probably spend an hour researching, an hour brainstorming your ideas, and an hour writing the first half of the Author’s Note.