Storytelling is a way to connect with others. Meg Medina heard stories from her family. They were immigrants to the United States. They told her about their lives in Cuba. Medina says their stories fueled her imagination. They made her feel a connection with her family’s history.
This is why Medina writes about family. Her books are fiction. That’s when a story is made-up. But Medina often gets ideas from nonfiction stories. These are true stories, like the ones her family told her.
You can get ideas from your family too. Ask a relative to tell you a family story. Listen closely. What does the story make you imagine? How does it make you feel? Someday, you might pass the story on to your own kids.