Exploring an Author's Vision of Nonfiction for Children

논픽션 아동도서에서의 작가의 관점

  • 현은자 (성균관대학교 아동학과)
  • Received : 2002.04.30
  • Accepted : 2002.05.22
  • Published : 2002.08.01


Nonfiction as a genre of children's literature is distinguished from fiction by emphasis. In fiction the story is central, and in nonfiction the facts are central, but the nonfiction writer needs to find a way to create his or her own personal vision for the book to be more than a mere collection of facts. Nonfiction has often used fictional elements to present data : it re-creates believable characters, discovers plot lines, establishes points of view, describes settings and presents carefully designed illustrations. Sometimes the author's worldview is revealed in nonfiction writing. For example, in Orbis Pictus(l657), John Amos Comenius based his writing on a Christian worldview and created text and pictures as a device to teach students the world God created.