Historical Fiction author, Caroline Starr Rose

Caroline Starr Rose is back, and she’s joining me today to talk about her historical fiction, plus she’s sharing inspiration for young authors and tips for introducing novels in verse to our kids.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • the picture book she wrote about the wetlands after Hurricane Katrina
  • what research looks like for a historical fiction author
  • 4 novels in verse to share with younger children
  • the book Sarah read-aloud… to herself!

Kids will be so inspired to hear about Caroline’s research and writing process, so gather ’round!

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Episode 71
May B.

May B.

May becomes abandoned 15 miles from home on the Kansas Prairie. Fans of Little House will enjoy this fast-paced story and the strong heroine. (A novel in verse.)

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Blue Birds

Blue Birds

Another novel in verse by the talented Caroline Starr Rose, this one set in the 1580s in Roanoke.

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Love That Dog

Love That Dog

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**Description from Amazon: With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and o...

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Dover Thrift Editions)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Dover Thrift Editions)

**Description from Amazon: Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most stupendous event of my whole life"; Ernest Hemingway declared that "all modern American literature stems from this one book," while T. S. Eliot called Huck "one of the per...

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

FROM SARAH:

My favorite novel in verse. This book makes me want to write poetry, but mostly it just leaves me gobsmacked with what a good story and beautiful language can do to the heart. Especially wonderful on audio.

Recommended for ages 12+.

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Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

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Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine

Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine

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I'm a fan of everything written by Caroline Starr Rose, but this one is my favorite yet! Follow Jasper and his brother on their search for gold during the Klondike Gold Rush. It's a page-turning mystery your kids don't want to miss! Best for 10+, though younger kids can certainly listen in.

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Ride On, Will Cody!: A Legend of the Pony Express

Ride On, Will Cody!: A Legend of the Pony Express

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According to legend, Will Cody (later known as America's greatest showman, Buffalo Bill) rode for the Pony Express at the age of fifteen. His most famous ride, recounted in this lyrical verse story, covered 322 miles, required 21 horses, and took over 21 hours to complete.

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Gone Fishing: A novel in verse

Gone Fishing: A novel in verse

$6.99

A funny, quick read-aloud that will delight parents and children alike. Lighthearted and sweet! One of my favorites. (Gone Camping is also wonderful.)

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Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-on-the-Bayou Story

Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-on-the-Bayou Story

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**Description from Amazon: Publishing in time for the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, here is a beautiful read-aloud about animal families preparing for an impending storm in their bayou habitat.   Journey to the Louisiana wetlands and watch as all the animals of the bayou experience one of nature’s most dramatic ...

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Little Dog, Lost

Little Dog, Lost

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**Description from Amazon: A “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel in verse starring a boy, a lost dog, and a lonely old man, from Newbery Honoree Marion Dane BauerMark is a boy who needs a dog. But he can’t get his mom on board with his plan. Buddy is a dog who needs a boy. Buddy has an owner alrea...

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Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie (Eleanor)

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie (Eleanor)

**Description from Amazon: When Eleanor's beloved babysitter, Bibi, has to move away to take care of her ailing father, Eleanor must try to bear the summer without Bibi and prepare for the upcoming school year. Her new, less-than-perfect babysitter just isn't up to snuff, and she doesn't take care of things like Bibi used to....

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