If you are interested in writing about true topics, there is more than one way to do so. One of those ways is to try informational fiction.
For the purposes of this article, I’m going to use Melissa Stewart’s definition of information fiction from this post : “books that share a significant amount of true, documentable information, but also have some made up parts.” This includes books that have an inanimate object or animal narrator or have animals talking.
Here is a sampling of informational fiction books separated into a few categories.
Dialogue and Humorous Tone
These books employ dialogue between characters to tell the story.
- Dialogue between caterpillars
- Tone is humorous and the characters are very silly
- Readers learn about the life cycle of the butterfly
Are We Pears Yet? by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Carin Berger
- Dialogue between pear seeds (then trees) as they move through their life cycle
- Tone is humorous
- Set against the backdrop of a play, which adds another layer
- Readers learn about the life cycle of a pear tree
First Person POV and Lighter Tone
These books utilize first person POV but are also lighter in tone. In many cases, the characters have big personalities.
- First person POV from a glacier’s perspective
- Factual information is also presented in snippets in the margins from a talking ice worm
- Readers learn about glaciers
- First person POV from the perspective of the moon
- Tone is humorous
- Readers learn facts about the moon
I also recommend taking a look at Stacy McAnulty’s other books in the series: Sun: One in a Billion and Earth! My First 5.54 Billion Years.
- First person POV from the perspective of the bookshop
- Lighter in tone
- First person POV told from the Bluebird’s perspective
- Diary format that follows the Bluebird’s life cycle
I also recommend reading Paul Meisel’s other book written in the same style: My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis.
- First person POV told from Pluto’s perspective
- A few other planets chime in with dialogue as well
- Humorous tone
More Serious Tone
These books are also told from the first person narrative, but they are not laugh out loud funny. They have a much more serious tone.
- First person POV told from the polar bear’s perspective
- Lyrical language
- Serious in tone
- First person plural POV (the “we” POV) from the buildings’ perspectives
- Serious historical fiction about the history of buildings in the LGBTQ+ movement
My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall’s Story by John Coy, illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec
- First person POV from the waterfall’s perspective
- Poetic/lyrical writing
What unique structures have you noticed authors using to convey information to readers?
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