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About Tracy Nelson Maurer and Ann Henkens Matzke

Tracy Nelson Maurer and Ann Henkens Matzke are the authors of several nonfiction books for children. Maurer’s picture books include Storm Codes (Windward) and a forthcoming picture book biography of Noah Webster (Scholastic). Matzke is the children’s director at Wilson Public Library in Nebraska. Both authors hold MFAs in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Today’s Picture Book Biographies: Back Matter Matters

Picture book biographies broke out of their formulaic cradle-to-grave structure in the late 1990s and began telling authentic stories with new verve. Fictionalized dialogue and made-up scenes gave way to well-researched, fact-based narratives, often focusing on a particular aspect of the subject’s life. Today’s picture book biographies also include, as a matter of course, supporting […]