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Reading into children’s books

Is telling a story or being accurate to history important in a children’s storybook? Today on Focus - balancing fact and fiction in literature for very young readers.

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(Duration: 51:39)

The cover of Marianne Malone's "The Pirate's Coin," a book in the "68 Rooms" series.

The cover of Marianne Malone's "The Pirate's Coin," a book in the "68 Rooms" series.

Janet Riehecky’s been fascinated by dinosaurs since she was a little girl; today, she writes books about them. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Riehecky about writing a children’s book that grounds itself in scientific fact. Riehecky is the author of several children's books, including the series "Killer Animals," which features a variety of creatures found in nature such as scorpions and cobras.

Then, Meadows talks with Urbana author Marianne Malone. Malone has been working on a series of books inspired by the Thorne Room art exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Although the stories are fictional, she says the books pull from history and are meant to teach about the past. Malone has so far written three books in the series, the latest being The Pirate's Coin.

What were your favorite books when you were little? Did they teach you anything?

Categories: Books and Reading