Born on November 16, 1915, Jean Fritz has written over 30 books for children since her first book, Bunny Hopwell’s First Spring was published in 1954. Fritz is probably best known for her Newbery Honor book “Homesick” and for many, many entertaining biographies.
“History isn’t boring, once you get to know the people,” says children’s author Jean Fritz. “In my writing, I give people their place.” From National Endowment for the Humanities: Jean Fritz
“I’ll tell kids something funny, and they’ll all look at their teacher, to see if it’s OK to laugh. You can almost hear them thinking, `This is history. Is it supposed to be funny?” From: Christian Science Monitor: Author Jean Fritz Shares History’s Facts – and Funny Moments
One of the most interesting things I read about her is this:
“In her books about real people of the past, Jean Fritz never makes up dialogue. Instead, she draws on the real letters, diaries, and journals of those people, using only words that they actually wrote or spoke. This practice can make writing scenes and conversations difficult, but Fritz feels it keeps her writing true to the people involved.” From Meet the Author Jean Fritz
Prize winning children’s author Jean Fritz takes takes the viewer along for a research trip at the Hasting’s Public Library:
What an interesting lady! Want to know more?:
- Scholastic: Jean Fritz Interview
- Publisher’s Weekly: Who Are You Writing About Today, Jean Fritz?
- For more information about Jean Fritz, check out Something About the Author Online: Jean Fritz
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