B. Writing Can Be Dirty Work

Writing books can be dirty work. At least, it is when you are April Pulley Sayre and Anthony Fredericks. Both of these authors write books for young people who are curious about the natural world. And both authors believe in going out, getting muddy, and getting close to your subject!

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Let's Do Some Research! | National Book Month
Let's Do Some Research! | National Book Month

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Like April and Anthony, you can find the ingredients for a story right in your own backyard. Go somewhere outside - the playground, the lawn, a garden, a park, or the woods, perhaps. And don't forget...
Begin Your Research | National Book Month
Begin Your Research | National Book Month

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Look for an interesting spot to begin your research. It might be a place where you see lots of activity -- a pond, a garden, or a bunch of flowers, for example. Or it might be a place that needs to be...
Look Over Your Notes | National Book Month
Look Over Your Notes | National Book Month

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Now sit down in a quiet place and look over your notes. Do you have any questions? Your question can be based on any of your observations. Why did the butterfly go to one flower and not another? Why...
Facts & Notes | National Book Month
Facts & Notes | National Book Month

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To answer your inquiry, you will have to find more information. Here are some ways to do more research. Visit the area you observed earlier and study it a little closer. Now that you have your...