Anne Carrol Moore opened the first children's room at the New York Public Library in 1911.
That led to children's departments like this one in my library. Books and other resources stretching as far as the eye can see.
I still get a flutter of happiness when I see it.
No library can stock every title, but most are part of the interlibrary loan system. That means you have access to thousands of books currently residing in other cities and states.
When I was researching my book, The Hole Story of the Doughnut, I used interlibrary loan to borrow books from several New England libraries and many Texas libraries and universities. I was not charged for shipping, but would gladly have paid for such generous sharing.
Shown below are Shirley Yen, who ordered the books for me, and Daniel Sample, who helped me use the genealogy databases. Thank you!
Historical fiction is an alchemy of research and facts mixed with the emotion and immediacy of fiction.
In Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, Pam Munoz Ryan explains in her author's note that the women really did take a brief flight in their evening clothes. The fact is that they were piloted most of the time by Eastern pilots. In the book, Ryan puts the women at the controls.
As she explains at the back, Ryan did meticulous research and included it in her story. She took a few liberties in order to highlight the spontaneity, courage, and strength of character the two women shared. This is an example of historic personalities in an historic situation, and is one of four frameworks for historical fiction.
Find out how to use one of these four structures in your historical fiction writing in my GROG post.
Ah, books. I never outgrew my love of children's books. My passion became a career--I was an elementary school librarian. And now I write books for kids!