Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Behind the Books:Writing STEM Picture Books, Part 7

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been discussing the ins and outs of writing STEM picture books, including its key craft elements. (Scroll down to read earlier posts in this discussion.) Today I’m going to talk about text format.

Life stories usually have simple running text like a fiction book, but concept books are often carefully formatted and may include a variety of text features.

Some STEM picture books feature layered text with two, three, or even four different layers, each with a different purpose.
STEM picture books may also include story panels and dialog bubbles reminiscent of comic books and graphic novels.
Like text structure, developing the perfect text format can involve a lot of trial and error and creative thinking. But getting it just right is SO important.

Next week, I’ll focus on nonfiction voice.


  1. Looking forward to the next segment, Melissa :)

  2. These are incredibly useful posts Melissa! Thank you for taking the time to do them.