I love it when a book delivers a little something extra!
I've been following the Story Sleuths' current discussion of Cynthia Lord's book, TOUCH BLUE. In this this post they write about non-fiction elements in fiction. What the Sleuths are pointing out is how intriguing facts planted seamlessly into a story make a book so much fun that kids don't even realized they've learned something. Unless, of course, they wanted to know that particular fact. Like what are those birds and why do they sit with their wings open to the sun? (Cormorants, drying wings.)
Such a bonus! And such a good thing for a book. And for the lucky kids who read those books.
The Story Sleuths always give me a lot to ponder, as a writer. Like this one, from the author of One Crazy Summer.
Related Post: Cynthia Lord, speaking at the Maryland SCBWI event about the Pluses and Perils of Writing What You Know.
(An event I have very good memories of, since it's where I met my agent!)