Today the guest speaker is Ms. Yujin Chen, who is a senior picture book writer and editor. The topic is on non-fiction picture books.
First of all, Ms. Chen shares some non-fiction picture books with us. Among them are the Little Neighbors series by the Japanese writer and illustrator Kato Aju. The fictional main characters weave the major story plot and knowledge on flowers is introduced in easily understandable and highly enjoyable manners.
Mr. Chen also brings her picture book series on the latest archeological sites in Tainan. She explains the whole process of making the books in detail, which arouses my interest in making non-fiction books.
Ms. Chen encourages us to create original picture books that tell stories about Taiwan. One way to create non-fictional picture books is to incorporate fictional stories and introduce scientific knowledge at the same time.
Ms. Chen speaks in a calm and gentle way, telling us everything about how to create a non-fiction picture book in terms of the text and images. Something important in making a non-fiction book is doing tons of research for both the writer and the illustrator. Also, the latter has to be as accurate as possible when it comes to artistic expression so as not to mislead the reader.
Ms. Chen offers all sorts of news on picture books on her blog. Please check it out: