It’s a term I'm now using to describe books that share a significant amount of true, documentable information, but also have some made up parts.
These books include historical fiction, like the Dear America series or Brad Meltzer's Ordinary People Change the World series or picture book biographies with some made-up dialog or events presented out of chronological order to improve the storytelling.
They also include science-themed books, like The Magic School Bus series or Redwoods by Jason Chin. These books are full or facts and explore science concepts, but they contain made-up characters, fantastical art, or other embellishments.
In some cases, taking creative liberties with true, documentable facts may be an effective way to share ideas and information with young readers, but authors and publishers need to be upfront with children. It’s important to let them know what’s real and what’s not.