There are stories of artists and scientists, historical events and the people they impacted, microbes and zombie makers…each book inspired by the author's own curiosity. Marc Aronson wrote about a conversation he had about American nonfiction in a recent NY Times book review. He extolled its virtues including the fact that our nonfiction is unique in that it is written out of our own passions and is often a "labor of love". How true!
At our recent SCBWI Falling Leaves Retreat focusing on nonfiction I was overjoyed to chat during meals about the stories within us -- our passions, curiosities, and research. What fun it is to gather with a group of nonfiction authors! Their enthusiasm for their subjects is unparalleled. My NF writer buddies are all research junkies who love the chase as much as the writing. And they continue to challenge us with their ideas. They know how to appeal to the kid inside us all --the kid who peeked under rocks or searched for treasure or made concoctions in their bathrooms before their parents were up each morning.
This holiday season is a great time to pick up one of these books for the kid on your list or yourself and feed your own curiosity.