Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Behind the Books: Writing STEM Picture Books, Part 9

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 finish up by talking about point of view.

Traditionally, all nonfiction for children was written with third-person narration, but in recent years, people have begun experimenting.

Most life stories still feature third-person narration, but some do include first-person narration. Many educators worry that this kind of storytelling could be confusing to young children.

Expository concept books may feature first-, second-, or third-person narration. Here are some examples:



  1. I think 1st person narration for biographies can be problematic, especially when it's not based on actual quotes. For example, I loved the book, Lift Your Light a Little Higher, but I would have called it historical fiction and not nonfiction as it was labeled by some.

    1. Good point, Maria! Thank you, Melissa, for these good mentor texts on POV for STEM.