I am working on a non-fiction picture book biography.  I am enjoying the project immensely because it allows me to merge my two passions of writing and research.  My only other non-fiction experience has been in advertising trade journals, in which I have had three articles published.  Obviously, this is a very different world than a children’s book biography.

As I delve into the stack of books I’ve acquired for my project, I have started with other books in children’s non-fiction on the same subject.  (I have yet to find a picture book on the same subject).  During my exploration of these sources, I am presented with comprehensive bibliographies that outline a plethora of additional titles to add to my research list.

Before I plunge into this expanded list, I wonder if there a “writer’s rule” for how many sources to use when writing a non-fiction picture book.  I am beginning to feel like I may be spending too much time on the research, and not enough time writing out the story.  However, I know the first part is so crucial to the book.  How do you approach your research when working on a non-fiction project?


About Stephanie Dreyer

Stephanie Dreyer is the founder of VeegMama, a lifestyle brand sharing new approaches to healthy living and eating. She encourages her readers to live their best life every day through food, wellness, and personal fulfillment. She is also a children's book writer and mom of three. Stephanie was most recently featured on KCAL 9 in Los Angeles and Chickpea Magazine. She is a contributing author in the #1 Amazon Bestselling Book, Sexy Fit and Fab Sirens. Her new ebook, VeegMama's Guide To Going Vegan is available on Amazon Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. Visit my blog at

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  1. I did hear from teacher, Laurel van der Linde, during a UCLA exstension course that for non-fiction (she wrote some books about horses and the Salem Witch Trials that are on Amazon) you should back up any statement of fact by 3 separate sources.
    Hope that helps,

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