And yet many picture book biographies include at least some of these elements. How can that be? The answer surprised me, and it will probably surprise you too.
According to many trade book editors, a biography is “an account of a person’s life,” but it doesn’t have to be completely factual.
BUT when it comes to fiction vs. nonfiction, the Library of Congress is lenient and inconsistent. If a book is about a historical figure and mostly true, the LOC generally classifies it as “juvenile literature,” which is the term they use for all nonfiction books.
Here are some examples:
But then there is this book:
Is your head spinning? I’m not surprised. It’s all very confusing.
What’s the solution? I’ll offer up one possible idea next week.