I’ve been thinking about the importance of Back Matter and how it adds another layer to a story. Back matter may include a bibliography, a glossary, a timeline, even additional facts and information serve as a resource to supplement the text.
One element that is sometimes included is an author’s note. I want to acquire more information on how and why to compose an author’s note.
- What is an author’s note?
- What is the purpose of an author’s note?
- What should be considered when including an author’s note in the back matter of a manuscript?
I began my research by reading author’s notes written in a stack of currently published picture books. I used these books as mentor texts and began seeking answers to the questions about writing an author’s note.
Time to learn and grow.
You’ll need a piece of paper and a pencil or pen. Write the numbers one through twelve and answer the following statements as true or false.
An author’s note is:
1. A brief explanation about the creation of the book.
2. A statement of purpose.
3. The inspiration and insights behind the story.
4. Sharing the journey of research and discovery about the manuscript.
5. The story behind the written tale.
6. Not limited to the genre of nonfiction.
7. May be surprising, compelling and/or revealing.
8. Adding layers of meaning and a bigger picture to the subject matter.
9. A sneak peak into the creative process.
10. Enhancing the reading experience for the audience.
11. The last chance to make an impression on a reader.
12. An element that every reader should try.
Did you answer TRUE to all twelve statements? If you did, you are correct.
Excellent! Super! Good job! Great! High five!
The four picture books that I read and studied the author's notes are:
THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT
By Pat Miller
Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE
By Pat Mora & Libby Martinez
Illustrated by Patrice Barton
Alfred A. Knopf 2014
THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDS A LIBRARY
By Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by John O'Brien
Calkins Creek 2013
SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL
Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
By Duncan Tonatiuh
Abrams Books for Young Readers 2014
Let’s continue to learn and grow together. Share your knowledge and understanding of an author’s note. Perhaps you have some additional thoughts and tips. Post what you know in the comments below.
Writers know that words are fundamental to writing. Choosing the just right word is essential. Selecting the just right vocabulary is important when writing a story that draws and engages readers.
The German word for vocabulary is wortschatz. Translated it means “treasure of words”. May you choose words selected from your treasure box of words and write the right words for your manuscript and for an author’s note.