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?